May 2022

14May(May 14)2:30 PM21(May 21)11:00 AMSpring Insight Meditation Retreat -- LotteryLottery Applications Now Open2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (21) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Cara Lai; Brian Lesage Accepting ApplicationsOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Saturday to Saturday, May 14-21, 2022 (7 nights). Code 356R22.
Sliding Scale: $350-$3,360, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Arrival Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Lottery Applications Open: January 4, 2022 – January 25, 2022

This retreat is lottery-style in order to ensure that spaces are available for a diverse student body. Registering for a lottery does not ensure a space in the program. Lottery applications accepted through the end of the day on January 25, 2022. First round notifications will be sent out approximately 2 weeks after the lottery closes. You will be asked to complete your registration details and pay your fees within 24 hours of the offer.

RETREAT TO BE HELD ON THE LAND!


Open to: Everyone

Description:
All the time before you were born plus all the time after you die is almost exactly all the time there is. Yet we find ourselves here, alive, in time, with a question: how should I live?

We begin by listening deeply. The Buddha suggested we consistently underestimate the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember. Together, we’ll sit in the refuge provided by a 2,600-year legacy of wisdom and kindness. In the silence, we come to know the preciousness of life and the poignancy of the human condition. We discover a way of opening to the intensity of the human condition such that our heart is softened rather than hardened. We will offer systematic instructions in mindfulness meditation, as well as in loving-kindness practice.

Throughout the retreat, there are dharma talks and meetings with teachers to support you in your practice. All are welcome.

IMPORTANT – Details on our current COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats. Subject to change.

Financial Information:
Sliding Scale: $350-$3360; 7 nights including food and lodging.
Please consider paying at the highest rate that you can afford: your generosity supports Spirit Rock, staff, and your fellow practitioners. Any amount offered above the Base rate is a tax deductible donation to Spirit Rock, and your generosity will enable and support the participation of others. These fees do not include dana for the teachers.

Supporter (guaranteed single room) – $3360
Benefactor – $2660
Sustainer – $2030
Base – $1330
Reduced – $840
Mudita/Karuna Scholarship (for anyone who needs financial assistance, including fixed income folks) – $350*
BIPOC Scholarship (for Black, Indigenous, and/or Persons of color) – $350*
Young Adult Scholarship (for young adults age 18-26 years) – $350*

IMPORTANT NOTES:
Scholarship offerings: In returning to the land, we will also be returning to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($50/night). Scholarships are limited to TWO per calendar year for on-land retreats. And, while we are not able to offer “no one turned away”-type of scholarships for in-person retreats, they are still available for online offerings.

Room Occupancy Update*: Starting with our “Living with Awareness” retreat on March 27, 2022, we will return to double occupancy rooms. Most of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We will also return to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate and these will be limited (16). This rate guarantees a single room while helping to support scholarships and all we do here at Spirit Rock. Single rooms are not exclusive to the top end of the sliding scale; everyone has a chance of being assigned a single room.

*Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

Lottery Details:
Lottery applications are accepted between January 4, 2022 and January 25, 2022. Applications received after this date are automatically placed on the wait list (they will not be included in the first round of selections).

You will be notified about the lottery results within two weeks of the lottery close date. If you are notified that you have been granted a space, you will have 24 hours to pay a deposit to accept/hold the space. If you don’t accept the space within this deadline, we will offer it to the next person in line.

Teacher(s)

  • Brian Lesage

    Brian Lesage

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  • Cara Lai

    Cara Lai

    Cara spends most of her time discovering the wonder of this human life through many different avenues, her favorite being meditation, especially on long retreats. She learns through her own intuitive process and helps others to find their own. Nature, intuition, and laughter are all integral to her teaching. She teaches with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Ten Percent Happier, and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. She has a license in social work and a background as a fine artist and illustrator. Beginning this October 2nd, she will be on retreat for a full year at Tara Mandala. She's grateful to her family and to her incredible companion-for-life, James, whose endless love has made all the difference.

  • Matthew Brensilver, PhD

    Matthew Brensilver, PhD

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