03Feb(Feb 3)2:30 PM30Mar(Mar 30)11:00 AMInsight Meditation 2-Month Retreat 2024Accepting applications through January 2024(February 3) 2:30 PM - (March 30) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): February Retreat: John Martin, Andrea Fella, James Baraz, Jaya Rudgard, Devin Berry, Tara Mulay, Kim Allen (assistant), Rasika Link (movement); March Retreat: Guy Armstrong, Sally Armstrong, Dawn Scott, Susie Harrington, Tuere Sala, Jaya Rudgard, Kodo Conlin (assistant), Eleni Monos (trainee), Rasika Link (movement) Join Wait ListAccepting ApplicationsOn-landPrerequisiteOpen
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Dates: Saturday to Saturday, February 3 - March 30, 2024 (56 nights). Code 316R24. Sliding Scale: $8,120 - $23,240, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s). Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm Departure Time: 11:00 am Supporter
Dates: Saturday to Saturday, February 3 – March 30, 2024 (56 nights). Code 316R24.
Sliding Scale: $8,120 – $23,240, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Departure Time: 11:00 am
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $23,240
Benefactor – $16,800
Sustainer – $12,320
BASE – $8,120
Scholarship Rate (YA, BIPOC, M/K) – $3,080
RETREAT TO BE HELD ON THE LAND!
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February 1-Month Insight Meditation Retreat (28 Nights)
March 1-Month Insight Meditation Retreat (28 Nights)
Prerequisites for Two-Month Retreat (56-night retreat): BEFORE applying, you must have already completed at least 21 nights of silent residential retreat time. This retreat time must include a minimum of three (3) silent residential retreats with each of these six (6) nights or longer.
Prerequisites for One-Month Retreats (28-night retreat): BEFORE applying, you must have already completed at least 14 nights of silent residential retreat time. This retreat time must include a minimum of two (2) silent residential retreats with each of these six (6) nights or longer.
Other Important Notes About Prerequisites: These retreats must have been led by Spirit Rock, IMS, or IRC teachers, or other recognized Insight Meditation teachers. Previous retreats must be silent residential retreats and have a similar format to this retreat, with instructions, practices and talks focused on Insight Meditation. Online retreats do not qualify for these retreat prerequisites. When applying, you will need to provide the teachers’ names, dates, location, length (# of nights), and style of the retreats.
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 lovingkindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, Dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.
“The Still Heart of Awareness”
Awareness, or consciousness, is the very heart of sentient life, the faculty that reveals all the events of our experience. Yet in our dharma practice we may not have learned how to meditate directly on this fundamental aspect of our minds.
In this retreat we will explore the nature of awareness in three stages. We’ll begin by developing greater stability of mind through mindfulness of breathing. Next we’ll introduce a regular practice of lovingkindness, allowing the beautiful and responsive qualities of heart to unfold. Then, with these foundations, we’ll start to explore the nature of awareness, this mysterious capacity of knowing. These practices open the door to emptiness, profound understanding, and great freedom.
Special Note for 2024: When registering for the 2-Month retreat, please be aware that the March retreat will feature very different themes from the February retreat in the meditation instructions and talks, unlike in prior years. Please read the descriptions carefully for both months before registering. Participants in March will be expected to follow the instructions as offered for that retreat. If you are not interested, the teachers kindly ask that you not sign up for this retreat.
February Teaching Team:
John Martin, Andrea Fella, James Baraz, Jaya Rudgard, Devin Berry, Tara Mulay, Kim Allen (assistant), Rasika Link (movement)
March Teaching Team:
Guy Armstrong, Sally Armstrong, Dawn Scott, Susie Harrington, Tuere Sala, Jaya Rudgard, Kodo Conlin (assistant), Eleni Monos (trainee), Rasika Link (movement)
APPLICATION PROCESS and DETAILS:
Applications available Wednesday, July 12, 2023; closes end of the day on Wednesday, August 31.
Participants will be selected from the pool of applicants including priority towards: BIPOC and Young Adults (whether scholarships are requested or not).
First round notifications will be sent via email by September 29; please refrain from calling before this deadline. We will need this time to process all the applications, make selections, coordinate with teachers, and allocate scholarship funding. If you are selected, 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 relative position on the waitlist.
FOR ALL APPLICANTS: To be included in the first round of notifications, your application must be complete including prerequisites already met and submitted by the deadline. No exceptions.
If you submit an application after the deadline:
We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after the initial deadline of August 31st; applications received after this date will be put on a waiting list.
We receive many more requests for scholarships than we have funding so we cannot guarantee you will receive scholarship funding. Scholarship funding is offered to anyone needing financial assistance to attend. Additional scholarship funding has been offered to support practitioners who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of color (BIPOC). We have scholarship rates at $55 per night. For the month-long retreats only: Spirit Rock extends the upper age limit of the Young Adult scholarship rate to individuals 18-32 years of age. This special rate is also $55 per night. A limited number of these special YA rates will be available.
If you need scholarship funds to attend, once the application is available, please complete the Scholarship Section; funding may likely not be available later. Scholarship requests do not influence your acceptance.
PLEASE READ – Details on our current COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats. These protocols may or may not change between now and the start of the retreats in 2024. Check this page regularly.
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