July 2022

05Jul(Jul 5)2:30 PM15(Jul 15)11:00 AMLovingkindness RetreatRegistration closed. Retreat now in session.2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (15) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Tempel Smith; Anushka Fernandopulle; Sally Armstrong; Bonnie Duran; Vance Pryor; Marcy Reynolds (qigong), Kristina Bare Sold OutOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Tuesday to Friday, July 5-15, 2022 (10 nights). Code 370R22.
Sliding Scale: $500-$4800, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Registration opens approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 1, 2022.


Our Buddhist path develops the purest forms of love known to the human heart. The summer lovingkindness retreat teaches several kinds of meditation for liberating wisdom, concentration, healing, and purification. These deep forms of love emerge within the same heart that knows impermanence and non-self. The profound insight into universal emptiness only matures with pure love, through which it is brought into every aspect of our lives.

Unique Opportunity for a 19-night Retreat
Prerequisite for 19-night Retreat: Completion of one (or more) 9-night (or longer) silent, residential (in-person), insight meditation retreat(s). You will be required to list retreat experience during the registration process: teachers’ names, dates, location/center, length (# of retreat nights), and style of the retreat(s). Online retreats do not meet this prerequisite.

If you would like a longer retreat period (19 nights), you could attend BOTH the July Lovingkindness Retreat (July 5-15) and the July Insight (July 15-24) retreats back-to-back. We will reserve 30 spaces for this extended retreat opportunity. If you are offered one of these spaces, you will be able to bypass the lottery for the July Insight retreat.

HOW TO APPLY: Spaces are limited for these “bypass spots” so we strongly suggest you register for the July Lovingkindness (Metta) retreat as early as possible on opening day. These spots are first come, first serve. Registration will open at 9:00am PT. During the registration process for the July Lovingkindness retreat, you should select the “19-Night Retreat Option” and be prepared to list how you meet the prerequisite; this needs to include the teachers’ names, dates, location/center, length (# of nights), and style of the retreat(s).

We will let you know of your status within the following 72 hours of registering for the Lovingkindness Retreat. We will create a waitlist of folks who do not get in. Please do not call us prior to that time as we are busily processing registrations. If you are offered a “bypass spot”, you will be required to pay a minimum deposit for the July Insight retreat within 48 hours of receiving the notification of acceptance. If you need scholarship funding to attend the July Insight retreat, please indicate that when you register for the July Insight lottery. Please know that scholarship funding is limited for these bypass spots and is not guaranteed.

If you do not receive a bypass spot, then we suggest that you still register in the July Insight lottery, you may still have a second chance for the 19-night option if you are selected. See lottery details below.

Lottery Details for the July Insight Retreat:
This retreat is lottery-style in order to ensure that spaces are available for a diverse student body. Registering for a lottery does not ensure a space in the program. Lottery applications accepted between March 1, 2022 – March 23, 2022. Applications received after this date are automatically placed on the wait list.

First round notifications will be sent out approximately 2 weeks after the lottery closes, please refrain from calling before this deadline. You will be asked to complete your registration details and pay your fees within 48 hours of the offer. If you don’t accept the space within this deadline, we will offer it to the next person in line. ~Thank you for your practice of patience!

Scholarship offerings: In returning to the land, we will also be returning to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($50/night). Scholarships are limited to TWO per calendar year for on-land retreats. And, while we are not able to offer “pay what you can”-type of scholarships for in-person retreats, they are still available for online offerings as space allows.

Room Occupancy Update*: Starting with our “Living with Awareness” retreat on March 27, 2022, we will return to double occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We will also return to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate and these will be 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.


  • Anushka Fernandopulle

    Anushka Fernandopulle

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  • Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

    Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

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  • Kristina Baré, MFT, SEP

    Kristina Baré, MFT, SEP

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  • Marcy Reynolds

    Marcy Reynolds

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  • Sally Armstrong

    Sally Armstrong

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  • Tempel Smith

    Tempel Smith

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  • Vance Pryor

    Vance Pryor

    Vance Pryor, Psy.D. has practiced insight meditation since 1999 in both the United States and Myanmar. He has been influenced by the teachings of Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. He is currently a participant in IMS’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.

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