September 2019

10Sep(Sep 10)3:00 PM15(Sep 15)11:30 AMMindfulness and Heartfulness for Insight and Liberation3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (15) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Anushka Fernandopulle; Bonnie Duran; Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey; Kaira Jewel Lingo (teacher-in-training); Vance Pryor (teacher-in-training) No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Tuesday, September 10, 3:00pm – Sunday, September 15, 11:30am; 5 nights
Sliding Scale: $1300-$600 PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 284R19.

This retreat is currently in progress.

Retreat Description:
Join us to practice insight meditation in sitting, walking, eating and daily activities to explore the deep well-being available from investigating Dharma through your own experience. Learn to recognize yourself as part of nature.

We will enter into a contemplative Buddhist retreat, simplifying our lives by letting go of reading, writing, cellphones, computers, sexual activity and recreational drugs/alcohol to help settle our minds and hearts. You will be expected to enter the retreat on the opening day and stay for the duration.

Dharma is for everyone but intensive silent retreat is only recommended for those with sufficient psychological stability. This retreat is not appropriate for those with recent trauma, fragile mental health, or who cannot be in silence for 5 nights. There will be guided meditations, dharma talks, and time for questions in groups.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

General Information

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay 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.


  • Anushka Fernandopulle

    Anushka Fernandopulle

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  • Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

    Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

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  • Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

    Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

    Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and when off-island teaches across the US, Canada, and in Burma. Learn more at

  • Kaira Jewel Lingo

    Kaira Jewel Lingo

    View Kaira Jewel's upcoming programs or profile.

  • 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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