April 2023

22Apr(Apr 22)2:30 PM29(Apr 29)11:00 AMInsight Meditation RetreatRetreat in Session2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (29) Teacher(s): ON LAND: Gil Fronsdal; Tuere Sala; Jozen Tamori Gibson; DaRa Willliams; Sean Feit Oakes (guest trainee); ONLINE: Shelly Graf CommuterOn-landOnlineNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Saturday to Saturday, April 22-29, 2023 (7 nights). Code 246R23.
Hybrid Retreat: To create greater accessibility and inclusivity, we’re offering this retreat in two formats over the same dates. See details below.

Registration opens for BOTH formats approximately 9:00am US Pacific Time on December 14, 2022.

The Two Formats are:
1. On-land Residential Retreat (Admission by lottery-style application)
2. Online Retreat – limited to 48 participants

Lottery applications are open: December 14, 2022 – January 10, 2023.

Admission for the on-land retreat is by application and a lottery-style selection – see Application Selection Details below for more information. Registering for a lottery does not ensure a space in the program. Applications are accepted through the end of the day on January 10, 2023. First round notifications will be sent out approximately 2 weeks after the lottery closes. You will be asked to complete your registration details and pay your fees within 48 hours of the offer.

Retreat Description:
This is a silent retreat designed especially for those relatively new to the practices of Insight Meditation (vipassanā). The retreat includes systematic instructions on vipassanā meditation—both sitting and walking—as well as lovingkindness practices, meetings with teachers, and evening talks highlighting the central teachings of the Buddha and their practical application in our lives.

This retreat is silent except for teacher-led Q&A, small groups, or other practice meetings.

On-land Residential Retreat Details:
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Departure Time: 11:00am

Sliding Scale: $385-$3640*
*PLUS a donation to the teacher(s)

Online Retreat Details:
The online retreat is broadcasted live via Zoom from Spirit Rock’s Upper Meditation Hall, including meditation instructions, Dharma talks, and silent meditation practices throughout each day. Practice meetings are also offered via Zoom with a Spirit Rock teacher specifically dedicated to our online practitioners. Please note: the on-land teachers will not be available for online practice meetings. Affinity group practice sessions will also be available.

Our dedicated online teacher for this retreat is Shelly Graf.

Opening Day Start Time: TBD ~4:00-5:00pm; includes a technology open house/orientation
Closing Day End Time: TBD ~11:00am

Online retreat includes:
-Zoom hall for all teaching sessions
-Practice meetings with the online teacher

Sliding Scale: $175-$2100*
*PLUS a donation to the teacher(s)

Questions about at-home/online retreats? Please visit Home Retreat Guidelines.

Application Selection Details for the On-Land Residential Retreat:
Applications are accepted between December 14, 2022 – January 10, 2023 (end of the day). Retreat fees are not collected at the time you submit your application. All applications are assigned a random number for the lottery selection process. The lottery-style selection process helps us balance many factors to create equity, diversity, inclusion, and access across our community of practitioners. The factors include: age, gender, scholarship needs & availability, affinity group participation, and stage of practice (new to experienced).

Applications received after the close date are automatically placed on the wait list (and will not be included in the first round of selections). Notification rounds can move quickly in the first few weeks following the first acceptances, so we recommend staying ready. You may be accepted sooner than you realize!

You will be notified about the selection results within two weeks of the application close date. If you are offered a space, you will have two days to pay a deposit to accept/hold the space. If you don’t accept the space within this deadline, we will offer it to the next person in line.

IMPORTANT NOTES for On-land Retreats:
Scholarship offerings for on land retreats: In returning to the land, we returned to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($55/night). Scholarships are limited to TWO per calendar year for on-land retreats. And, 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.

Room Occupancy Update**: We have returned to double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We have also returned to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate; these rates are limited (16). This rate guarantees a single room while helping to support scholarships and all we do here at Spirit Rock. The remaining single rooms are not exclusive to the top end of the sliding scale; however, they are initially prioritized for those with serious medical needs.

**Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

IMPORTANT – Details on our current COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats.


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