May 2020

04May(May 4)3:00 PM10(May 10)11:30 AMEquanimity Retreat -- Online Only3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (10) Online Teacher(s): Tempel Smith; Sharda Rogell; Anthony 'T' Maes (qigong); bruni dávila (assistant); Shelly Graf (assistant) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday, May 4, 3:00pm – Sunday, May 10, 11:30am; 6 nights
Sliding Scale: $1700-$240; Code 350R20.

ONLINE: This at-home retreat is now offered online only, on a sliding scale basis from $1,700-$240. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

Retreat Description:
Often, we are drawn to meditation practice because of our heartfelt wish to calm our minds and open our hearts. But in our lives and when we sit down to meditate, we often find ourselves reacting to thoughts of the past with regret, shame, or anger, and to the future with anxiety and fear, often feeling overwhelmed.

In this retreat, we will develop the practice of equanimity, which allows us to be with challenging situations in our lives with balance, acceptance and more clarity.  As this capacity deepens, we are able to be more fully present for both the joys and the sorrows of life, meeting each situation with kindness and compassion. Equanimity is one of the four Brahma Viharas (Divine Abidings), or beautiful qualities of heart, we can develop through practice and meditation. The other Brahma Viharas of loving-kindness, compassion and joy will be introduced as a complement to the equanimity practice.

This silent retreat will offer support for the steady development of equanimity, with guided meditations, evening talks, question-and-answer periods, and practice meetings with the teachers.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

A unique scholarship opportunity — the Hemera Contemplative Fellowship! If you are 18 years of age or older with a commitment to service — serving others through your profession — you should consider reviewing the eligibility for this Fellowship. In general, this Fellowship is for those who are full-time in the listed eligible professions and are new to silent residential retreat practice. Follow this link for more detailed information: Hemera Contemplative Fellowships. ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.

General Information

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Also, please remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.