April 2022

02Apr(Apr 2)2:30 PM09(Apr 9)11:00 AMSteadying the Heart: Refuge through the Four Sublime StatesRetreat now in session2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (9) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Oren Jay Sofer, SEP; bruni dávila; Keri Pederson; Anthony Maes (movement) Sold OutOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Saturday to Saturday, April 2-9, 2022 (7 nights). Code 346R22.
Sliding Scale: $350-$3360, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Registration opens approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 2, 2021.


The Buddhist path includes practices to cultivate four powerful and transformative qualities—kindness, compassion, joy, and balance. These qualities are innate human capacities, and they can also be developed into more reliable dwelling places for the heart. Known as the Brahma Viharas, 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 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 in March 2022: As of March 27th, the first retreat following our monthlongs, we will return to double occupancy rooms (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). Most of our rooms are single occupancy. We will also return to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate and they will be limited. This rate guarantees you a single room while helping to support scholarships and all we do here at Spirit Rock.

*Subject to change depending upon COVID-19 situation.

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


  • Anthony "T" Maes

    Anthony "T" Maes

    Anthony "T" Maes was born and raised in the East Bay. He has practiced Buddhist meditation since 2003, including long retreats and practicing in a forest monastery in Thailand. He is a teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, where he teaches week-long teen meditation retreats and leads diversity trainings, multiracial liberation, and relational mindfulness. He has volunteered with Spirit Rock's Family Program since 2009 including New Years' teen retreats, family program day retreats, and the Abhayagiri monastery weekend teen retreat. "T" graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004, completed the yearlong Commit2Dharma program at EBMC in 2011, and the 2017 Facilitator-1 training with his mentor JoAnna Hardy and Vinny Ferraro. In 2018, he completed the 3-year Organic Intelligence practitioner training in post-traumatic nervous system resilience. View Anthony's profile.

  • bruni dávila

    bruni dávila

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  • Keri Pederson

    Keri Pederson

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  • Oren Jay Sofer, SEP

    Oren Jay Sofer, SEP

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