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
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
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.
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.
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, PhD
Alisa L. Dennis, PhD
Alisa Dennis, Ph.D., discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and ancient Christian mystical traditions. She's explored many spiritual traditions since then, including indigenous shamanism, which has broadened the matrices through which she understands the nature of human existence. Within Buddhism, Alisa practiced within the S.N. Goenka tradition of Vipassana and the Zen Soto tradition. She studied mindfulness through the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) at UCLA and completed a multi-year training related to integrating contemplative practices into psychotherapy. Alisa is also a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s 2017-2020 Teacher Training Program. Alisa has gravitated toward Insight meditation because of its emphasis on liberatory heart-opening practices and its growing community of practitioners committed to embodied awakening and transformative justice. Alisa is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. She specializes in somatic oriented trauma release and integration work. In addition to drawing from contemplative wisdom traditions, Alisa practices depth psychology and dreamwork. She is passionate about the creative arts and exploring multi-dimensionality.
Amana Brembry Johnson
Amana Brembry Johnson
Amana Brembry Johnson teaches meditation and compassionate movement at community and retreat centers internationally. She is currently a participant in the Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training Program. Her home base of practice is the East Bay Meditation Center located in Oakland, California. Rooted in the ethics of social justice, she offers guidance designed to embrace a diverse range of access to practice, and has developed a form of contemplative movement that interweaves the wisdom of Dharma with yoga, Qigong, and other embodiment practices. An accomplished visual artist, Amana creates imagery that exposes emotional and spiritual barriers of the heart as gateways into kindness, compassion, and self love.
Donald Rothberg, PhD
Oren Jay Sofer, SEP
Pawan Bareja, PhD, SEP