December 2019

02Dec(Dec 2)3:00 PM08(Dec 8)11:30 AMFinding True Refuge: LGBTQI Community Meditation Retreat3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (8) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Anushka Fernandopulle; John Martin; JD Doyle (teacher-in-training); bruni dávila (teacher-in-training) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday, December 2, 3:00pm – Sunday, December 8, 11:30am; 6 nights
Sliding Scale: $1600 – 700, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 314R19.

There may still be open spots and scholarships available for this retreat. If you are interested, please contact the Retreat Manager’s Office at: or call 415-488-0164 ext. 262.

This retreat is for self-identified members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community.

Retreat Description:
All of us long for true refuge: a place of safety where we can feel well and at ease. We often seek this refuge outside of ourselves in relationships, geography or possessions. While all of these can provide something, it turns out the best place to find true refuge is in our own heart and mind. Join us to explore the Buddha’s path to well-being and happiness through meditation and Dharma.

We will be practicing insight meditation in silence together, engaging in mindfulness while sitting, walking, eating, working, and doing all activities. There will be guided instruction and Dharma talks. You will be asked to let go of relationships, communication, phone, technology, reading, writing, recreational drugs, and alcohol during our retreat. See what you can find when all these are set aside.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for 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.

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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.


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