October 2019

27Oct(Oct 27)3:00 PM31(Oct 31)11:30 AMLoving AwarenessA Retreat for Experienced Meditators3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (31) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Jack Kornfield; Trudy Goodman Kornfield; Teja Bell (qigong); Louije Kim (assistant); Justine Dawson (assistant) Prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Sunday, October 27, 3:00pm – Thursday, October 31, 11:30am; 4 nights
Sliding Scale: $1430 – $650, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 306R19.

This retreat is now in progress.

Pre-requisite: Completion of two (or more) 5-night or longer silent, residential Vipassana (Insight) meditation retreats AND a Vipassana meditation practice of five years or more. See more details below.

Retreat Description:
Loving Awareness, practiced as mindfulness and metta, is the gateway to liberation. During this meditation retreat, as experienced practitioners, we will join together to quiet the mind, open the heart, and see our human life with the eyes of wisdom. This is a newer retreat format in which we will continue our traditional alternating periods of sitting, walking, guided meditations; and add in daily periods of dialogue where we are engaged in Q & A sessions with the teachers and the group of practitioners attending the retreat.

Lottery Details:
The lottery closed on June 16 and notifications have been sent out. Please know that there is a long wait list for a residential spot, but if you want to submit an application anyways, please do so.

Pre-requisite details: You must have completed this pre-requisite before registering for this retreat. Workshop-style / non-silent retreats do not qualify toward the retreat pre-requisite. This pre-requisite is at the request of the teachers.

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. If you need scholarship funds to attend, please be sure to request those funds by selecting one of the scholarship options during the registration process. Selecting this option will not affect your chances of getting in, so we encourage you to apply if you truly have a financial need. Scholarships may not be available later.

Applicants will be notified by email of their status no later than June 28; 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.


  • Jack Kornfield, PhD

    Jack Kornfield, PhD

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  • Justine Dawson

    Justine Dawson

  • Louije Kim

    Louije Kim

    Louije is a genderqueer, Korean-American dharma practitioner based in Oakland. In 2012, they completed East Bay Meditation Center’s (EBMC) Commit to Dharma program. Louije is a graduate of Spirit Rock's most recent iterations of the Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP5) and Community Dharma Leader Program (CDL5). For the past two years, Louije has been happily teaching at EBMC, leading practice groups, events and daylongs, and was part of the leadership committees for Teen Sangha and Alphabet (LGBTQ) Sangha. Louije started their practice in 2008 and has been participating in residential retreats since 2010. They have sat three long retreat periods (one and three months), participated in Metta Retreats, and recently participated in Ven. Analayo’s Satipatthana retreat. They are committing most of 2018 to silent and community practice.

  • Teja Bell

    Teja Bell

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  • Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD

    Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD

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