August 2020

01Aug10:00 AM4:30 PMDiscarding the Master's Tools: New Pathways to Freedom -- Online OnlyOpen to all self-identified people of color10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Online Teacher(s): Amana Brembry Johnson No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Saturday, August 1, 2020; 10:00am – 4:30pm.
Sliding Scale: $20 – 250. Code AJ1D20.
Note: The average cost per person, per day to Spirit Rock to offer a program is $160.

ONLINE: Spirit Rock’s programs are now offered online only. Our sliding scale options include financial support for our teachers. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

We are all endowed with an innate wisdom and creative force that leans toward freedom and happiness. For many of us, the depth of this wisdom has been cloaked by daily conditioning. As we stand bearing witness to the collapse of systems of immense harm, there is an urgency to return to the memory of that deeply embedded wisdom and reignite its power and presence to strengthen our hearts and minds.

During this day retreat, we will turn the lens of the first noble truth of Ahimsa (non-harming) towards our own hearts, and identify ways to heal the internalized oppression that suppresses our innate vitality and resilience. Through guided meditations, dharma teachings, and shared reflections, we will examine ways to increase our capacity to remain available to the possibility and potentiality of internal and collective freedom.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at


Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.


  • Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson teaches meditation and compassionate movement at community and retreat centers internationally. She is currently a participant in the Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training Program. Her home base of practice is the East Bay Meditation Center located in Oakland, California. Rooted in the ethics of social justice, she offers guidance designed to embrace a diverse range of access to practice, and has developed a form of contemplative movement that interweaves the wisdom of Dharma with yoga, Qigong, and other embodiment practices. An accomplished visual artist, Amana creates imagery that exposes emotional and spiritual barriers of the heart as gateways into kindness, compassion, and self love.

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