October 2020

27Oct(Oct 27)10:00 AM31(Oct 31)12:00 PMLove and Kindness: A Metta Retreat for the BIPOC Community -- OnlineA Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Retreat10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (31) Online Teacher(s): Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP; Carol Cano, MA; Jeff Haozous; Alisa Dennis, PhD; Jonathan Relucio (movement) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: October 27-31, 2020. 5 days. A daily schedule will be posted closer to the retreat.
Sliding Scale: $0-$1,500, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 208R20.

Please Note: This retreat is now offered online only. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

We are delighted to announce this retreat is offered at a $0-based sliding scale thanks to a gift from the Kataly Foundation. Join Us!

Retreat Description:

Spirit Rock warmly welcomes all self-identified Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) practitioners who are nourished by Buddhist teachings of Lovingkindness and Compassion. These practices help us relate to ourselves and the world from a place of love, clarity and empowerment.

Lovingkindness supports our heart’s natural capacity to respond with love, warmth and tenderness. Over time, we develop a sense of interconnectedness with all creation.

Compassion practice gently turns us towards the suffering that comes from living in an unfriendly world. It helps us meet our inner critic and the world with clear-seeing and kindness.

This retreat will include silent sitting, walking periods, Dharma talks, and group discussions.

You are welcome! We are delighted to offer a $0-based sliding scale for this retreat. For more information, please email Registration@spiritrock.org. Deep bows of gratitude to the Kataly Foundation for supporting this retreat.


  • Alisa L. Dennis, PhD

    Alisa L. Dennis, PhD

    Alisa Dennis, Ph.D., discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and ancient Christian mystical traditions. She's explored many spiritual traditions since then, including indigenous shamanism, which has broadened the matrices through which she understands the nature of human existence. Within Buddhism, Alisa practiced within the S.N. Goenka tradition of Vipassana and the Zen Soto tradition. She studied mindfulness through the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA and completed a multi-year training related to integrating contemplative practices into psychotherapy. Alisa is also a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s 2017-2020 Teacher Training Program. Alisa has gravitated toward Insight meditation because of its emphasis on liberatory heart-opening practices and its growing community of practitioners committed to embodied awakening and transformative justice. Alisa is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. She specializes in somatic oriented trauma release and integration work. In addition to drawing from contemplative wisdom traditions, Alisa practices depth psychology and dreamwork. She is passionate about the creative arts and exploring multi-dimensionality.

  • Carol Cano

    Carol Cano

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  • Jeff Haozous

    Jeff Haozous

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  • Jonathan Relucio

    Jonathan Relucio

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  • Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

    Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

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