November 2023

27Nov(Nov 27)2:30 PM03Dec(Dec 3)11:00 AMCultivating Equanimity: The Happiness of a Heart in Balance and Peace(November 27) 2:30 PM - (December 3) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Nikki Mirghafori, PhD; Sylvia Boorstein, PhD; Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH; Janice Clarfield (movement) Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday to Sunday, November 27 – December 3, 2023 (6 nights). Code 298R23.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Departure Time: 11:00 am
Sliding Scale: $1230-$3120*
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $3120
Benefactor – $2460
Sustainer – $1890
BASE – $1230
Reduced Rate – $780
Toni Ko Scholarship Rate – $50 (Criteria: 27-55 yrs old, first residential retreat, and new to meditation, one time award. Only available on a 6-night retreat.)
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K, or YA) – $330
*Fees DO NOT include a donation to the teacher(s).

Registration opens approximately 9:00 am Pacific Time on July 25, 2023.


Equanimity is a crown jewel of Buddhist practice, the unshakable balance of mind-heart born of the perfection of wisdom and love. It is neither aloof nor cool, as mistakenly imagined, but imbues the heart with tremendous stability and caring presence to neither push away nor drown in experience. Equanimity is the fourth and final brahmavihāra (heavenly dwelling), imbuing lovingkindness, compassion, and vicarious joy with balance. As the seventh factor of awakening, its development is needed for advancing in the path. It guards the mind-heart in the midst of the eight worldly winds of gain/loss, fame/disrepute, pleasure/pain, and praise/blame, which afflict our human lives at one time or another. Equanimity is such a rich and deep teaching that the Visuddhimagga (Path of Purification), teaches ten different types of equanimity. Cultivating equanimity is paramount for a heart-mind in balance, peace, and happiness at every stage of our practice.

Scholarship offerings: In returning to the land, we returned to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($55/night). Scholarships are limited to TWO per calendar year for on-land retreats. And, while we are not able to offer “no one turned away”-type of scholarships for in-person retreats, they are still available for online offerings.

Hemera Fellowships – are you eligible? Learn more…

Room Occupancy Update*: Starting March 27, 2022, we returned to double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We have also returned to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate; these rates are limited (16). This rate guarantees a single room while helping to support scholarships and all we do here at Spirit Rock. The remaining single rooms are not exclusive to the top end of the sliding scale; however, they are initially prioritized for those with serious medical needs.

*Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

IMPORTANT – Details on our current COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats.


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