March 2019

02Mar(Mar 2)3:00 PM30(Mar 30)11:30 AMMarch Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (30) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg; Sharda Rogell; Oren Jay Sofer; Heather Sundberg; DaRa Williams (March 2-16); Arinna Weisman (March 16-30); Amana Johnson (yoga and Teacher-in-Training); Alisa L. Dennis (Teacher-in-Training, March 2-16); Pawan Bareja (Teacher-in-Training, March 16-30) PrerequisiteFull

Event Details

Dates: Saturday, March 2, 3:00pm – Saturday, March 30, 11:30am; 28 nights
Sliding Scale: $6095 – $2770, PLUS a donation to the teachers and retreat staff. Code 237R19.
This retreat is FULL.

Prerequisites for Long Retreats: BEFORE applying, you must have completed at least 14 nights of silent residential retreat time with at least 2 retreats being 5-nights or longer. These retreats should have been led by Spirit Rock, IMS, or IRC teachers, or other recognized Insight Meditation teachers. To qualify, these previous retreats must have a similar format to this retreat, with instructions, practices and talks focused on Insight Meditation. You will need to provide the teachers’ names, dates, location, length (# of nights), and style of the retreats when applying, along with a practice-meeting questionnaire.

Retreat Description:
An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in loving-kindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers.

These extended retreats (and all retreats at Spirit Rock) are not open for “self-retreats”.

Applications and Scholarships:
We are still accepting applications! If you do not need scholarship funding, you may be able to get in sooner. We are sorry to say that all of the scholarship funding has been allocated at this time. If you are able to attend the retreat and utilize our Payment Plan which requires you to pay a minimum deposit of $35/night ($980), but then pay off the balance of the retreat fee following the retreat over a maximum of 6 monthly installments, please apply! We may be able to get you into the retreat.

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.

  • Amana Brembry Johnson

    Amana Brembry Johnson

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  • Arinna Weisman

    Arinna Weisman

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  • DaRa Williams

    DaRa Williams

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  • Donald Rothberg, PhD

    Donald Rothberg, PhD

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  • Heather Sundberg

    Heather Sundberg

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  • Oren Jay Sofer, SEP

    Oren Jay Sofer, SEP

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  • Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

    Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP

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  • Sharda Rogell

    Sharda Rogell

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