August 2023

21Aug(Aug 21)2:30 PM29(Aug 29)11:00 AMSummer Insight Meditation RetreatRegistration opens April 18, 20232:30 PM - 11:00 AM (29) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): John Martin; Tempel Smith; Devin Berry; Bonnie Duran, MPH; Rebecca Bradshaw On-landNo prerequisiteOpens soon

Event Details

Dates: Monday to Tuesday, August 21-29, 2023 (8 nights). Code 276R23.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Departure Time: 11:00 am
Sliding Scale: $440-$4160, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $4160
Benefactor – $3280
Sustainer – $2520
BASE – $1640
Reduced Rate – $1040
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K, or YA) – $440

Registration opens approximately 9:00 am Pacific Time on April 18, 2023.


The emphasis in this retreat will be on continuity of awareness in all activities, stabilizing the mind, and cultivating insight. Combining relaxation with clarity, we will explore the liberating teachings of the Buddha, including the foundations of mindfulness, the radical nature of impermanence, and the cessation of craving.

Practitioners are encouraged to combine the Summer Insight Retreat with the Summer Lovingkindness (mettā) Retreat, although this is not required. For those attending both retreats, the teachers will guide and integrate the retreats as one offering. Those who attend the mettā retreat will have the option to continue with formal mettā as their primary practice through the second retreat. This retreat is silent except for teacher-led Q&A, small groups, or other practice meetings.

Unique Opportunity for an 16-night Retreat – merging lovingkindness meditation with insight practices!

Prerequisite for 16-night Retreat: Completion of one (or more) 9-night (or longer) silent, residential, insight meditation retreat(s). You will be required to list retreat experience during the registration process: the teachers’ names, dates, location/center, length (# of nights), and style of the retreat(s). Online retreats do not meet this prerequisite.

If you would like a longer retreat period (16 nights), you could attend BOTH the Summer Lovingkindness Retreat (August 13-21) and the Summer Insight (August 21-29) retreats back-to-back. We will reserve 30 spaces for this extended retreat opportunity. These spaces sell out quickly so register as early as possible. We will create a waiting list.

NEW! IMPORTANT CHANGE in 2023 – the previously known July Insight retreat (with Joseph Goldstein and Team) will be held as an online only retreat. The Metta and Insight retreats have been pushed to August and are NOT a lottery-style registration for 2023. These retreats will return to July in 2024.

Registrations for both retreats will be first-come, first serve and will open for registration one week apart. Therefore, if you are interested in the 16-night retreat option, you will have to register and pay for EACH of the retreats separately. We will create a waiting list for the 16-night spaces when it fills.

Scholarship offerings: We have 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*: We have 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.


On-land Programs and COVID Safety Protocols. Learn More