October 2020

28Oct01NovLove and Kindness: A People of Color Metta Retreat (LOTTERY)A People of Color (POC) Metta Retreat(October 28) 3:00 PM - (November 1) 11:30 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP; Carol Cano; Alisa Dennis; Jeff Haozous; Jonathan Relucio (qigong) No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday, October 28, 3:00pm – Sunday, November 1, 11:30am; 4 nights.
Sliding Scale: $1600-$160, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 208R20.
Registration opening is TBD.
Please Note:  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may move this retreat online.

Open to all self-identified people of color.

Retreat Description:
Spirit Rock warmly welcomes all self-identified People of Color (POC) who are nourished by Buddhist teachings of Loving Kindness and Compassion. These practices help us relate to ourselves and the world from a place of love, clarity, and empowerment.

Loving kindness supports our hearts’ natural capacity to respond with love, warmth, and tenderness. Over time, we develop a sense of inter-connectedness with all creation. Compassion practice gently turns us towards the suffering that can come 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.

All levels of meditation experience welcome.

This retreat is offered at DEI pricing; therefore, there are no scholarships available.

Lottery Details:
The lottery will opening TBD. Please be patient as this is a manual process. You DO NOT need to register on the first day as lottery registrations will be available for approximately 30 days. No preference is given to when you apply within this one-month period. All applicants must apply online. Please call us if you do not have access to a computer. No retreat fees will be collected at this time, it is purely registration for the lottery portion of the process.

After the lottery closes, applicants will be notified by email of their status no later than two weeks after the lottery closes; please refrain from calling before this deadline. If you are selected in the lottery, 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. ~Thank you for your practice of patience!

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.


  • Alisa L. Dennis

    Alisa L. Dennis

    Alisa Dennis, Ph.D. has had a meditation practice for 15 years. She first discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and ancient Christian mystical traditions. Alisa later practiced within the S.N. Goenka tradition of Vipassana, attending retreats over several years. She studied neuroscience research related to mindfulness and practiced mindfulness through the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA with Diana Winston and Susan Kaiser Greenland in 2008. Alisa practiced within the Zen Soto tradition and completed a five-week residential retreat at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center under the guidance of Abbott Tenshin Fletcher. Alisa cherishes the healing power of mindfulness to create a sense of ease and well-being and to re-connect us to our own natural capacity to meet the moments of our lives with kindness, openness, and flexibility. As a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in the Los Angeles area, Alisa works with adults, children, families, and couples. She trained with Jerome Front, LMFT, for two years, during which she learned how to utilize mindfulness, MBSR techniques, and contemplative practices in psychotherapy, while also deepening her own meditation practice. In addition to utilizing mindfulness-based therapy in her psychotherapy practice, Alisa also incorporates the creative arts, including visual art, poetry, psychodrama, and music, and sound. In 2010, Alisa completed a yearlong training at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she received certification as a sound, voice, and music healing practitioner.

  • Carol Cano

    Carol Cano

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  • Jeff Haozous

    Jeff Haozous

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  • Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

    Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

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