March 2020

26Mar(Mar 26)10:00 AM28(Mar 28)4:30 PMFinding Your Ground: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Meditation -- online only and by donation10:00 AM - 4:30 PM (28) Online Teacher(s): Anne Cushman; Leslie Booker No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28, 2020; 10:00am – 4:30pm.
Sliding Scale:
$0 – 325. Code AC1P20.
Note: The average cost per person, per day to Spirit Rock to offer a program is $160.

Online Only: We are now offering this program online only, via Zoom, so you may join us remotely. Once registered, you will receive instructions and a Zoom link. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we navigate the unfolding of the Coronavirus situation. We are continuing to respond by evolving our practices and policies to keep everyone safe and supported, while still serving as a place of refuge and honoring our community’s commitment to the Dharma and sangha.

How do we stay grounded, centered, and rooted in compassion and wisdom—especially in times of personal and global challenges? In this three-day silent retreat, we’ll offer teachings and tools from the dharma and yoga traditions for settling our nervous system, grounding our energy, and connecting in an embodied way with what matters most. We will draw on the wisdom of the Buddha’s noble eightfold path and the traditional eight limbs of classical yoga to support us in our exploration. Each day will include periods of gentle guided yoga; seated, walking, standing, and lying-down meditation instruction and practice; and dharma reflections and discussion.

This online retreat format gives you the opportunity to bring your practice right into the heart of your daily life, where it matters most. It will include nourishing guided meditation and yoga, dharma reflections and discussions, and the opportunity for warm connection in small groups with your fellow practitioners. It is designed as a home retreat, not as a series of separate classes—therefore, we invite and encourage you to plan for and commit to attending the whole retreat, as the sessions will build on and refer to one another. However, we recognize that this may not work for all of you, especially in these turbulent times. So if you need to miss some sessions, we understand and please don’t let that stop you from signing up!

Daily Schedule Outline:

Part One
10 am-12:45 pm PST
Session A: 10 am-11:00 am PST –Meditation and Teachings
Break: 11 am-11:15 am PST
Session B: 11:15am-12:45 pm PST –Guided Yoga and Meditation Practice

BREAK: 12:45 pm-1:45 pm PST

Part Two
1:45 pm–4:30 pm PST
Session C: 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm PST–Meditation and Teachings
Break 2:45 pm to 3:00 pm PST
Session D: 3:00 pm-4:30 pm PST–Guided Yoga and Meditation Practice

Open to all levels of experience.

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 $10 fee for registering at the door. If you can’t attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.


Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.


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.


  • Anne Cushman

    Anne Cushman

    View Anne'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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