December 2019

09Dec(Dec 9)3:00 PM15(Dec 15)11:30 AMIn The Presence of Love: A Metta and Qigong Retreat3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (15) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): JoAnna Hardy; Erin Treat; Vinny Ferraro; Teja Bell (qigong); Cara Lai (assistant) No prerequisiteFull

Event Details

Dates: Monday, December 9, 3:00pm – Sunday, December 15, 11:30am; 6 nights
Sliding Scale: $1600 – 700, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 316R19.

This retreat is now in session.


Retreat Description:
This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness (metta in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. Mindful presence and loving kindness are essential to living a spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight and understanding. Loving kindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connect us intimately with all of life. The fusion of these qualities helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in the world.

Qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance (chi) or what has been translated as ‘intrinsic life energy.’ It recognizes, cultivates and nourishes the ‘energy’ aspect of our being. Qigong perfectly complements traditional sitting meditation practice and has a long and well-established history connected to contemplative traditions. On this retreat the loving kindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction as well as Qigong meditation, and regular meetings with the teachers. All are welcome to attend!

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 remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay 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.

Teacher(s)

  • Cara Lai

    Cara Lai

    Cara spends most of her time discovering the wonder of this human life through many different avenues, her favorite being meditation, especially on long retreats. She learns through her own intuitive process and helps others to find their own. Nature, intuition, and laughter are all integral to her teaching. She teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Ten Percent Happier, and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. She has a license in social work and a background as a fine artist and illustrator. Beginning this October 2nd, she will be on retreat for a full year at Tara Mandala. She's grateful to her family and to her incredible companion-for-life, James, whose endless love has made all the difference.

  • Erin Treat

    Erin Treat

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  • JoAnna Hardy

    JoAnna Hardy

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  • Teja Bell

    Teja Bell

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  • Vinny Ferraro

    Vinny Ferraro

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