December 2023

11Dec(Dec 11)2:30 PM16(Dec 16)11:00 AMCultivating the Heart of Forgiveness2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (16) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Noliwe Alexander; Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH; Louije Kim; Jonathan Relucio (movement); Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, MBA (guest trainee) CommuterJoin Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday to Saturday, December 11-16, 2023 (5 nights). Code 302R23.
Sliding Scale: $1025-$2600, Fees DO NOT include a donation to the teachers.
Arrival Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Applications Open: July 19 – Aug 9, 2023

Registration for this retreat is by application and a lottery-style selection in order to balance many variables – see Selection Details below for more information. Registering for a lottery does not ensure a space in the program. Applications are accepted through the end of the day on August 9. First round notifications will be sent out approximately 2 weeks after the lottery closes. You will be asked to complete your registration details and pay your fees within 48 hours of the offer.


When we open to the reciprocity of forgiveness, we also enter into an awareness practice that presences understanding, wisdom, and compassion. The complexities of conditioned experience often compel us to defend rather than open our hearts. Forgiveness practice can be the medicine we need to lessen the tight grip of past trauma, grief, fear, anger, judgment, and wounds on ourselves and others. The courage to witness what we hold fast to has the potential to lead us on a journey towards liberation and true freedom.

Join us in exploring how cultivating the spirit of forgiveness, as a heart practice, allows for a reclaiming of our true loving nature. We will explore the practices of forgiveness and letting go, with the primary support of mindfulness, kindness, compassion, equanimity, and gratitude.

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

Financial Information:
Sliding Scale: $1025-$2600; 5 nights including food and lodging.*
Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports Spirit Rock, staff, and your fellow practitioners. Any amount offered above the Base rate is a tax deductible donation to Spirit Rock, and your generosity will enable and support the participation of others. Fees do not include dana for the teachers.

Supporter Rate (guaranteed single room) – $2600
Benefactor – $2050
Sustainer – $1575
BASE – $1025
Reduced Rate – $650
Mudita/Karuna Scholarship (for anyone who needs financial assistance, including fixed income folks) – $275
BIPOC Scholarship (for Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of color) – $275
Young Adult Scholarship (for young adults age 18-26 years) – $275
*Fees DO NOT include a donation to the teachers

Selection Details:
Applications are accepted between July 19 – Aug 9, 2023. All applications are assigned a random number. Together with the random number we are balancing many additional variables to create equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Those factors include: scholarship needs & availability, affinity group “membership”, age, gender balance, and experienced or new practitioners. Applications received after the close date are automatically placed on the wait list (and will not be included in the first round of selections). Notification rounds can move quickly in the first few weeks following the first acceptances, so we recommend staying ready. You may be accepted sooner than you realize!

You will be notified about the selection results within two weeks of the application close date. If you have been offered a space, you will have two days to pay a deposit to accept/hold the space. If you don’t accept the space within this deadline, we will offer it to the next person in line.

Scholarship offerings: 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 “pay what you can”-type of scholarships for in-person retreats, they are still available for online offerings as space allows.

Room Occupancy Update*: We have double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We offer a “guaranteed single room” rate and these will be 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.


  • Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

    Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

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  • Jonathan Relucio

    Jonathan Relucio

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  • Louije Kim

    Louije Kim

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  • Noliwe Alexander

    Noliwe Alexander

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  • Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, MBA

    Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, MBA

    View Ramona's profile.

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