April 2019

24Apr(Apr 24)9:30 AM26(Apr 26)3:00 PMOpening Space: Mindful Yoga and Embodied Meditation9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (26) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Anne Cushman; Leslie Booker No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday, April 24, 9:30am – Friday, April 26, 3:00pm; 2 nights
Sliding Scale: $700 – 300, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 245R19.

This retreat is now in progress.


Retreat Description:
Take a few days to open up space in your body, your mind, your heart, and your busy life. Unplug your devices, unwind your nervous system, nourish your spirit, and realign yourself with your heart’s deepest values and intentions. This silent retreat offers a seamless flow of meditation in stillness and in motion. Each day includes gentle guided yoga; seated, walking, standing, and lying down meditation instruction and practice; and dharma reflections and discussion. You’ll go home with powerful, practical tools for staying grounded and spacious in your daily life, while responding with wisdom and compassion to the suffering in the world and the urgent needs of our times.

Please note that this retreat begins at 9:30am on opening day and includes lunch, and ends at 3:00pm on closing day and also includes lunch. Because the timeline for a short, two-night retreat is very tight, it is imperative that all participants arrive between 9:30am – 10:30am. Room assignments, work meditations, and orientation need to begin promptly so lunch can be served and the retreat can begin. If you cannot arrive before 10:30am, we suggest that you consider a different retreat where the timing works better for your schedule. If you are considering this retreat, please plan your schedule to allow for a full three days of retreat.

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.

Teacher(s)

  • Anne Cushman

    Anne Cushman

    View Anne's upcoming programs or profile.

  • Leslie Booker

    Leslie Booker

    Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied practice, and activism. She began working with system-involved populations in 2005 and was a senior teacher and Director of Trainings with Lineage Project for 10 years, and facilitated an intervention on Riker's Island from 2009-2011 through NYU. Booker shares her expertise nationally on creating culturally responsive environments and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has spoken at Mind&Life Institute’s International Symposium, Contemplative Minds in Higher Education, and Mindfulness in Education conferences, as well as at universities across the country. She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute, and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting, a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report on Gender & Trauma, YOGA: The Secret of Life, and Sharon Salzberg's book Happiness at Work. Booker is on faculty with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020. View Booker's upcoming programs.

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