January 2023

23Jan(Jan 23)2:30 PM27(Jan 27)11:00 AMThe Four Elements RetreatRetreat Commuter Spaces Available; Join Waitlist for Residential Spot2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (27) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Kate Munding; Bonnie Duran; Anushka Fernandopulle; Antonia Fokken (movement) CommuterOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Monday to Friday, January 23-27, 2022 (4 nights). Code 232R23.
Sliding Scale: $220-$2,080, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s).
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Supporter Rate w/guaranteed single room – $2080
Benefactor – $1640
Sustainer – $1260
BASE -$820
Reduced Rate – $520
Scholarship Rate (YA, BIPOC, MK) – $220

Registration opens approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on 9/22/22.


Awaken through the body with the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. This is a foundational practice taught by the Buddha and part of the Theravāda lineage. The essence of this practice is timeless and found in Indigenous cultures and traditions around the world.

This retreat is centered around cultivating a grounded, embodied practice that lends towards concentration, direct experience of anattā (not-self), and impermanence. As the elements become more alive in your awareness, a deeper connection with the natural world is felt. Our beautiful surroundings at Spirit Rock will hold this retreat very nicely.

Four elements practice can also be very healing, fostering a new relationship with the body. This retreat will include heart practice to further support and nourish this healing. Practice periods will include silent and guided sitting, walking meditation, and Dharma talks.

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 ($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*: Starting on March 27, 2022, we returned to double occupancy rooms. Many of our rooms are single occupancy (only 16 of 80 rooms are double occupancy). We also returned 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.

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  • Antonia Fokken

    Antonia Fokken

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  • Anushka Fernandopulle

    Anushka Fernandopulle

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  • Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

    Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH

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  • Kate Munding

    Kate Munding

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