August 2023

13Aug(Aug 13)2:30 PM21(Aug 21)11:00 AMSummer LovingKindness Retreat2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (21) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Tempel Smith; John Martin; Devin Berry; Bonnie Duran, MPH; Rebecca Bradshaw; Kristina Baré; Rasika Link (yoga) CommuterJoin Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

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.

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.

Unique Opportunity for a 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 50 spaces for this extended retreat opportunity. These spaces sell out quickly so register by April 13, 2023, to have the best chance of getting an extended retreat spot. The first 50 eligible applicants will be sent a link to register early for the Summer Insight retreat.

Registrations for both retreats will be first-come, first-serve on separate days. Therefore, if you are interested in the 16-night retreat option, you will have to register and pay for EACH of the retreats separately. Receiving a scholarship for both retreats is not guaranteed. We will create a waiting list for the 16-night spaces when it fills and a scholarship waiting list when they are sold out.

Scholarship offerings: 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.

Room Occupancy Update*: We have double and single occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We offer 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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