May 2020

04May(May 4)3:00 PM10(May 10)11:30 AMNatural Awareness -- Online Only3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (10) Online Teacher(s): Vinny Ferraro; Wes Nisker; Victoria Cary (assistant) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday, May 4, 3:00pm – Sunday, May 10, 11:30am; 6 nights
Sliding Scale: $240-$1,700; Code 351R20.

ONLINE: This at-home retreat is now offered online only, on a sliding scale basis from $240-$1,700. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

PLEASE NOTE: This retreat will be modified for an at-home schedule and experience.

Retreat Description: Parts of this retreat will be held outdoors surrounded by nature, depending upon weather conditions. If held indoors, this retreat will be held in the Upper Walking Hall; please read the details related to this below.*

During this silent retreat, we will practice the art and discipline of mindfulness meditation, with our collective intention being to train our minds and open our hearts. A significant feature of this retreat is that we will be doing some of our practice outside under ancient oak trees, letting the wisdom of nature help support us along on our path.

Throughout the retreat, we will make creative use of classic Buddhist meditation practices to explore the evolutionary origin of our body and emotions; engage in traditional Buddhist reflections on death and dying; examine our nature “as” nature; and all the while explore the tricky delusions of mind and the mystery of consciousness itself. In the process, we expect to find relief from our personal drama and a new sense of delight and meaning in our lives.The retreat will include poetry and a little “crazy wisdom” as well. Suitable for both beginning and experienced meditation students.

Recommended reading for this retreat: Buddha’s Nature by Wes Nisker.

Held outdoors, or if bad weather, indoor location: Upper Walking Hall. This retreat is designed as a smaller and more intimate retreat. It will mostly be held outdoors but should bad weather visit us, we will have an indoor location – the upper Walking Hall. The upper Walking Hall is accessible by the stairs to the left as you enter the Retreat Hall foyer, or by a path at the back of the building, on the left. If you have mobility limitations such that you cannot hike a moderate distance this retreat is may not be appropriate for you. Please call the registration department for more details BEFORE you register for this retreat if you have concerns related to the short hike to the daily outdoor meditation location.

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).

A unique scholarship opportunity — the Hemera Contemplative Fellowship! If you are 18 years of age or older with a commitment to service — serving others through your profession — you should consider reviewing the eligibility for this Fellowship. In general, this Fellowship is for those who are full-time in the listed eligible professions and are new to silent residential retreat practice. Follow this link for more detailed information: Hemera Contemplative Fellowships. ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.

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.


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