September 2021

21Sep(Sep 21)3:00 PM25(Sep 25)11:00 AMFinding True RefugeA Retreat for LGBT*QI2 and GNC Communities3:00 PM - 11:00 AM (25) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): John Martin; JD Doyle, MA; Leslie Booker Sold OutOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

REOPENING SOON! Shifting to On-Land registration Friday, May 28, 2021.

Dates: Tuesday to Saturday, September 21-25, 2021 (4 nights).
Sliding Scale: $200-$1200, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s). Code 294R21.
Arrival Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.


Open to self-identified LGBT*QI2 and GNC Community

The beauty of the Buddhist practice comes alive when practicing together as LGBTQI and GNC (gender non-conforming) people. We take refuge together in the diversity of our community and in embracing ourselves fully, no part left out. With our practice we cultivate mindfulness, lovingkindness and compassion to support healing our hearts and the potential to realize a peace that is not dependent on the external conditions of the world. This retreat is open to those with all levels of experience.

Instructions for Insight Meditation practice including guided meditations, Dharma talks, and practice meetings will be offered. Each day will include alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, and will emphasize the continuity of practice in all activities throughout the day.

Financial Information:
Sliding Scale: $200 – $1,200; 4 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. These fees do not include dana for the teachers.

Benefactor – $1,200
Sustainer – $900
Base – $600
Mudita/Karuna Scholarship (for anyone who needs financial assistance, including fixed income folks) – $200*
BIPOC Scholarship (for Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of color) – $200*
Young Adult Scholarship (for young adults age 18-26 years) – $200*

*Scholarship offerings: In returning to the land, we will also be returning to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($50/night). 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.

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Cancellation Policy for Residential Retreats (Aug-Dec 2021) and Online Multi-day Retreats (4+ days):
To offer participants greater flexibility as we make our way out of the pandemic, we’re offering a more generous cancellation policy.

  • $100 fee** when you cancel two or more days before the retreat (**fees reduced to half for scholarship participants)
  • No refunds when you cancel less than two days prior to the retreat (applies to all participants)


  • JD Doyle, MA

    JD Doyle, MA

    View JD's upcoming programs or profile.

  • John Martin

    John Martin

    View John's upcoming programs or profile.

  • Leslie Booker

    Leslie Booker

    Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied practice, and activism. She began working with system-involved populations in 2005 and was a senior teacher and Director of Trainings with Lineage Project for 10 years, and facilitated an intervention on Riker's Island from 2009-2011 through NYU. Booker shares her expertise nationally on creating culturally responsive environments and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind&Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, and Mindfulness in Education conferences, as well as at universities across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report on Gender & Trauma, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg's book Happiness at Work. Booker is on faculty with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020. View Booker's upcoming programs.

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