August 2023

13Aug(Aug 13)2:30 PM21(Aug 21)11:00 AMSummer LovingKindness RetreatRegistration opens April 11, 20232:30 PM - 11:00 AM (21) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Tempel Smith; Devin Berry; Rebecca Bradshaw; Bonnie Duran, MPH; John Martin; Anushka Fernandopulle; Rasika Link (movement) On-landNo prerequisiteOpens soon

Event Details

Dates: Sunday to Monday, August 13-21, 2023 (8 nights). Code 274R23.
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 11, 2023.


The Buddha’s liberating teachings on the four divine sanctuaries (brahmavihāra) include meditations on universal friendliness (mettā), compassion (karuṇā), altruistic joy (muditā), and equanimity (upekkhā). Aimed at purifying our hearts and developing concentration (samādhi), these divine sanctuaries aid our ability to both find inner peace and powerfully engage with the world. This silent retreat will deepen our understanding of selfless love and its role in ending suffering. This retreat is silent except for teacher-led Q&A, small groups, or other practice meetings.

Retreatants are encouraged to combine this 8-night lovingkindness retreat with the following 8-night Insight Meditation retreat, to further develop concentration, purify the heart, and learn to combine these two forms of Buddhist meditation. The combination of these two retreats give a unique opportunity to blend the two wings of Buddhist wisdom based in love and emptiness.

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