August 2022

07Aug(Aug 7)2:30 PM13(Aug 13)11:00 AMThe Elements: Cultivating an Embodied Experience of Emptiness and FullnessRetreat now in session2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (13) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Tuere Sala; Dana DePalma; Alex Haley; Vance Pryor, Rachel Lanzerotti (movement) Sold OutOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Sunday to Saturday, August 7-13, 2022 (6 nights). Code 378R22.
Sliding Scale: $300-$2640, 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 April 6, 2022.


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 instruction for knowing space as a fifth element. These five elements are universal and when we contemplate them in relation to the body, they may 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 insights naturally arise. This retreat includes guided and silent meditations, mindful movement, and practice meetings with teachers.

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 with our “Living with Awareness” retreat on March 27, 2022, we will return to double occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We will also return to offering a “guaranteed single room” rate and these will be 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.


  • Alex Haley

    Alex Haley

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  • Dana DePalma, MA MFT

    Dana DePalma, MA MFT

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  • Rachel Lanzerotti

    Rachel Lanzerotti

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  • Tuere Sala

    Tuere Sala

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  • Vance Pryor

    Vance Pryor

    Vance Pryor, Psy.D. has practiced insight meditation since 1999 in both the United States and Myanmar. He has been influenced by the teachings of Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. He is currently a participant in IMS’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program.

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