December 2023

17Dec(Dec 17)2:30 PM23(Dec 23)11:00 AMInsight Meditation Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the LightTwo Formats Available! On-land and Online!2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (23) Teacher(s): ON LAND: Oren Jay Sofer SEP; Dawn Scott; Devon Hase; David Cabrera (movement); ONLINE: Heather Sundberg On-landOnlineNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Sunday to Saturday, December 17-23, 2023 (6 nights). Code 304R23.
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 August 22, 2023.

The Two Formats are:
1. On-land Residential Retreat
2. Online Retreat – limited to only 48 participants

Retreat Description:
This retreat will support centering ourselves at the time of the holidays and the New Year, through quieting our minds, grounding in our bodies, and opening our hearts. There will be special emphasis on embracing the darkness, including our difficulties and challenges, and to welcoming the coming light in the form of joy, wisdom, and love. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation instructions, daily heart practice, and Qigong, evening talks, practice check ins, and a Winter Solstice ceremony.

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: $1230-$3120*
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room-$3120
Reduced Rate-$780
Toni Ko Scholarship Rate – $50 (Criteria: 27-55 yrs old, first residential retreat, and new to meditation, one time award. Only available on a 6-night retreat.)
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K, or YA)-$330
*Fees DO NOT include 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 Heather Sundberg.

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
-Online affinity groups (optional)

Sliding Scale: $650-$1800*
Benefactor – $1800
Sustainer – $1150
BASE – $650
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K) – $150
*Fees DO NOT include a donation to the teacher(s).

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

Scholarship offerings for on land retreats: 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.

Hemera Fellowships for Residential Retreats – are you eligible? Learn more…

Room Occupancy Update**: We have double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We offer 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.


On-land Programs and COVID Safety Protocols. Learn More