February 2019

02Feb(Feb 2)3:00 PM30Mar(Mar 30)11:30 AMInsight Meditation 2-Month Retreat(February 2) 3:00 PM - (March 30) 11:30 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): FEBRUARY -- Sally Armstrong, James Baraz, Kamala Masters, Andrea Fella, Tempel Smith, Alexis Santos, Martha Link (yoga), Yong Oh (assistant, Feb 2-16), Neesha Patel (assistant, Feb 16-Mar 2); MARCH -- Donald Rothberg, Sharda Rogell, Oren Jay Sofer, Heather Sundberg, DaRa Williams (Mar 2-16), Arinna Weisman (Mar 16-30), Amana Johnson (yoga and Teacher-in-Training) Pre-requisite

Event Details

Dates: Saturday, February 2, 3:00pm – Saturday, March 30, 11:30am; 56 nights
Sliding Scale: $12200 – $5545, PLUS a donation to the teachers and retreat staff. Code 238R19.
Lottery is now closed; however, we will continue to accept eligible late applications in the order they were received.

Visit the link below for:
February 1-Month Retreat Application
March 1-Month Retreat Application

See Lottery/Application and Scholarship Information below.

Prerequisites for Long Retreats: BEFORE applying, you must have completed at least 14 nights of silent residential retreat time with at least 2 retreats being 5-nights or longer. These retreats should have been led by Spirit Rock, IMS, or IRC teachers, or other recognized Insight Meditation teachers. To qualify, these previous retreats must have a similar format to this retreat, with instructions, practices and talks focused on Insight Meditation. You will need to provide the teachers’ names, dates, location, length (# of nights), and style of the retreats when applying, along with a practice-meeting questionnaire.

Retreat Description:
An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in loving-kindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers.

These extended retreats (and all retreats at Spirit Rock) are not open for “self-retreats”.

Special Offering for the month-long retreats only: Spirit Rock is extending the upper age limit of the Young Adult scholarship rate to individuals 18-32 years of age. This special rate is $35 per night. A limited number of special rates will be available.

Additional scholarship funding has been offered once again to support practitioners who self-identify as people of color. Scholarship rates are $35 per night.

Lottery/Application Information:
Our one-month and two-month retreats have become extremely popular and in order to create more ease and fairness, we have moved to a lottery process.

Although the lottery is now closed (August 31, 2018); we will continue to accept applications as they are submitted and in the order they are received. However, anyone applying after the lottery deadline above will not be added to the lottery and will be added to the waiting list after the application has been reviewed for eligibility. All applicants must apply online. No retreat fees will be collected at this time, you will be notified of your wait list status once reviewed. If you need scholarship funds to attend, please fill out the Scholarship Section in the application. Funding may likely not be available later, but changes is constant.

During the initial lottery pull, People of Color and Young Adult applicants (whether scholarship applicants or not) are given high priority. Applicants who were on the waiting list the last two years in a row and did not get into our month-long retreats will also be given a higher priority – applications must be received within the lottery deadline. All others will go into the lottery system and be selected at random.

Applicants will be notified by email of their lottery status no later than the first week in October or sooner; please refrain from calling before this deadline. We will need this time to process all the applications, pull the lottery, and allocate scholarship funding. If you are selected in the lottery pull, you will be sent an email with a special link to register and pay your retreat fees online. If you end up on a waiting list, you will be notified of your position on the list. Late applicants will be placed below all the lottery applicants in the order they were received.

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.