May 2020

11May(May 11)3:00 PM19(May 19)11:30 AMSpring Insight Meditation Retreat3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (19) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Brian Lesage; Jin-Hua Dana Jiang (assistant) CommuterNo prerequisiteOpenWait list

Event Details

Dates: Monday, May 11, 3:00pm – Tuesday, May 19, 11:30am; 8 nights.
Sliding Scale: $2100-$950, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 352R20.

This retreat is full. Please submit an application if you are interested in being on the wait list. We do receive cancellations, so the longer you’re able to wait, the better your chances of getting in.

Often, our retreats sell out quickly. Thank you for accepting whatever situation you find yourself in. We highly recommend that you get on the waiting list as soon as possible by submitting a form. Know that there will be changes and cancellations over the next 4 months until opening day. A limited number of commuter spots will be available for those that meet the prerequisite for commuting.

Please note: All Young Adult rates and Scholarship funds have been allocated for this retreat.

If you are in need of financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.

Retreat Description:
Nobody tells us this when we’re growing up, but being human is kind of a big deal. It feels great, it hurts, it’s intense. We know it won’t go on forever. Given this, what kind of happiness is possible for us? The Buddha suggested that we have underestimated the capacity of our heart. Retreat helps us to remember. In mindfulness meditation, we practice resting, looking deeply, knowing moment-by-moment what it’s like to be human. Initially, some of us are hesitant to look because we’re concerned about what we’ll find. But our practice shows us that the more deeply we look, the more reason we have to love. 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 our life and the poignancy of the human condition. From this openness, so much goodness unfolds.

In this silent retreat, we will explore essential Buddhist teachings and meditation practices. There will be systematic instructions in mindfulness meditation, as well as in loving-kindness practice. The evening talks will highlight key Buddhist teachings and their practical application to our lives. Throughout the retreat there are meetings with teachers to support you in your practice.

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, 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.