August 2023

06Aug(Aug 6)2:30 PM12(Aug 12)11:00 AMThe Elements: Cultivating an Embodied Experience of Emptiness and Fullness2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (12) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Tuere Sala; Dana DePalma, MA MFT; Alex Haley CommuterJoin Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Sunday to Saturday, August 6-12, 2023 (6 nights). Code 272R23.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 pm
Departure Time: 11:00 am
Sliding Scale: $330-$3120, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $3120
Benefactor – $2460
Sustainer – $1890
BASE – $1230
Reduced Rate – $780
Toni Ko Scholarship Rate – $50 (Criteria: 27-55 yrs old, first residential retreat, and new to meditation, one time award. Only available on a 6-night retreat.)
Scholarship Rate (BIPOC, M/K, or YA) – $330

Registration opens approximately 9:00 am Pacific Time on April 4, 2023.


A fundamental aspect of establishing embodied mindfulness centers around contemplations of the elements. In the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, the four elements of earth, water, fire, and air represent the four basic qualities of matter—solidity, liquidity, temperature, and motion. The Buddha also gave instructions on space as a fifth element. These five elements are universal and when we contemplate them in relation to the body, they can bring a cooling of the grasping mind and a profound realization of emptiness and fullness.

During this retreat, we will practice with the descriptive nature of each of the elements, which can be known through the felt sense, energetic sense, and intuitive knowing. We will contemplate the relationship they have with each other, their importance to establishing mindfulness and concentration, and allow them to support non-conceptual knowing from which insight naturally arises. This retreat includes guided and silent meditations, mindful movement, and practice meetings with teachers.

This retreat is silent except for teacher-led Q&A, small groups, or other practice meetings.

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 on 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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