October 2020

27Oct(Oct 27)3:00 PM31(Oct 31)11:00 AMLove and Kindness: A Metta Retreat for the BIPOC Community - Online OnlyA Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Retreat3:00 PM - 11:00 AM (31) Online Teacher(s): Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP; Carol Cano; Alisa Dennis; Jeff Haozous; Jonathan Relucio (movement) No prerequisiteOpens soon

Event Details

Dates: Tuesday, October 27 – Saturday, October 31; 5 days. Times and Schedule: TBD
Sliding Scale: TBD, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 208R20.
Please Note:  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are moving this retreat online.


Retreat Description:
Spirit Rock warmly welcomes all self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) 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 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.


  • 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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  • Jonathan Relucio

    Jonathan Relucio

  • Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

    Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

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