December 2020

27Dec(Dec 27)3:00 PM03Jan(Jan 3)11:30 AMNew Year's Insight Meditation Retreat (LOTTERY)(December 27) 3:00 PM - (January 3) 11:30 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Eugene Cash; Pamela Weiss; DaRa Williams; Tuere Sala; Devon Hase (mindful movement); Nolitha Tsengiwe (assistant) No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Sunday, December 27, 2020, 3:00pm – Sunday, January 3, 2021, 11:30am; 7 nights.
Sliding Scale: $1900-$850, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 226R20.
Please Note:  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may move this retreat online. We have suspended taking registrations for now. Timing is TBD.

Retreat Description:
This is a traditional Insight Meditation (vipassana) retreat with sitting and walking in silence, and regular meetings with teachers. Each day there will be systematic meditation instructions, dharma talks and gentle yoga. We will mark the turning of the year with a late evening sitting and simple ceremony on New Year’s Eve. In celebration of the New Year, our focus will be on cultivating loving awareness and embracing each moment as fresh and new. All are welcome.

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).

Lottery Details:
The lottery will open on July 21, 2020. Please be patient as this is a manual process. You DO NOT need to register on the first day as lottery registrations will be available for approximately 30 days. No preference is given to when you apply within this one-month period.

All applicants must apply online. Please call us if you do not have access to a computer. No retreat fees will be collected at this time, it is purely registration for the lottery portion of the process. If you need scholarship funds to attend, please be sure to request those funds by selecting one of the scholarship options during the registration process. Selecting this option will not affect your chances of getting in, so we encourage you to apply if you truly have a financial need. Scholarships may not be available later.

After the lottery closes, applicants will be notified by email of their status no later than two weeks after the lottery closes; please refrain from calling before this deadline. If you are selected in the lottery, you will be sent an email with a special link to register and pay your retreat fees online. If you end up on a waiting list, you will be notified of your position on the list. ~Thank you for your practice of patience!

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.


  • DaRa Williams

    DaRa Williams

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  • Devon Hase

    Devon Hase

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  • Eugene Cash

    Eugene Cash

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  • Nolitha Tsengiwe

    Nolitha Tsengiwe

    Nolitha is a mindfulness teacher, psychologist and executive coach based in South Africa. She has been a meditation practitioner over 20 years under Kittisaro and Thanissara, who are students of Ajahn Chah. Nolitha completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders program, and is currently in the 4-year Teacher Training program through IMS. She is a mentor for 20 students training under Spirit Rock and Sounds True to be meditation teachers. Nolitha facilitates Race work, using Insight Dialogue (Relational Mindfulness). She is a guiding teacher at Dharmagiri KZN, SA.

  • Pamela Weiss

    Pamela Weiss

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  • Tuere Sala

    Tuere Sala

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