September 2023

23Sep(Sep 23)2:30 PM30(Sep 30)11:00 AMSteadying the Heart: Refuge through the Four Sublime StatesJoin the waitlist2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (30) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Oren Jay Sofer; Cara Lai; Jessica Morey; Yong Oh; joshua bee alafia (movement) CommuterJoin Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Saturday to Saturday, September 23-30, 2023 (7 nights). Code 284R23.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Departure Time: 11:00 am
Sliding Scale: $385-$3640, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $3640
Benefactor – $2870
Sustainer – $2205
BASE – $1435
Reduced Rate – $910
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K, or YA) – $385

Registration opens approximately 9:00 am Pacific Time on May 24, 2023.


The Buddhist path includes practices to cultivate four powerful and transformative qualities—kindness, compassion, joy, and balance. These qualities are innate human capacities, and can also be developed into more reliable dwelling places for the heart. Known as the brahmavihāra, or “sublime homes,” these states can serve as powerful supports for wellbeing, wholeness, concentration, and the maturing of Insight practice.

In this silent meditation retreat, we will explore techniques for developing each of the four sublime states, as well as ways to release the obstacles that often get in the way of living with more ease, happiness and peace. Our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, Dharma talks, instructions, Q&A and small group meetings with the teachers.

This retreat is appropriate for both beginning and more experienced meditators.

Scholarship offerings: In returning to the land, we returned to our pre-pandemic scholarship options and policies. All scholarship rates require a minimum fee ($55/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.

Hemera Fellowships – are you eligible? Learn more…

Room Occupancy Update*: Starting March 27, 2022, we returned to double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We have also returned to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate; these rates are limited (16). This rate guarantees a single room while helping to support scholarships and all we do here at Spirit Rock. The remaining single rooms are not exclusive to the top end of the sliding scale; however, they are initially prioritized for those with serious medical needs.

*Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

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


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