May 2020

20May(May 20)3:00 PM27(May 27)11:30 AMThe Magic of Awareness3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (27) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): James Baraz; Anam Thubten; Trudy Goodman; Jill White Lindsay (yoga) No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday, May 20, 3:00pm – Wednesday, May 27, 11:30am; 7 nights.
Sliding Scale: $1900-$850, PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 354R20.

This retreat is close to filling. Please submit an application if you are interested, and know you may be placed on a wait list.

Please note: All Young Adult rates and Scholarship funds have been allocated for this retreat.

If you are in need of financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.

Often, our retreats sell out quickly. Thank you for accepting whatever situation you find yourself in. If you end up missing a residential spot in the retreat, we highly recommend that you get on the waiting list as soon as possible by submitting a form. Know that there will be changes and cancellations over the next 4 months until opening day. A limited number of commuter spots will be available for those that meet the prerequisite for commuting.

Retreat Description:
The paradox of awareness is very profound and yet very simple. It can’t be described because it has no objective qualities and no limitation. Sometimes it comes naturally to the surface when we are fully in the present moment and no longer lost in thoughts or mental projections. Pure consciousness is neither high nor low, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither good nor bad.

Join us for this retreat where we will learn how to pay attention to this quality of awareness through formal and informal meditation. Once we know how to pay attention, it can be experienced in an instant – in all circumstances. When we reside in that liberated mind, we find the very thing we have been seeking all along.

The retreat includes silent sitting and walking periods with instructions and practice meetings with teachers, as well as daily dharma talks. This retreat is for both experienced as well as new students.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

General Information

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Also, please remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.


  • Anam Thubten

    Anam Thubten

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  • James Baraz

    James Baraz

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  • Jill White Lindsay

    Jill White Lindsay

    Originally starting her career as a high school biology teacher, Jill shifted her presence from the classroom to the yoga studio. After a bout with cancer, Jill realized the yoga she’d been practicing could help with pain management, mood regulation, and overall strength and wellbeing. Yoga became an anchor in her life, and her passion for yoga blossomed as her drive to teach persisted. Jill’s focus in her classes is to cultivate a healing environment and empower students to become more connected with their bodies and minds from a kind, compassionate, and humorous perspective. After receiving her 200-hour training from the White Lotus foundation in Santa Barbara with Ganga White and Tracy Rich, Jill expanded her discipline to teach therapeutic yoga. Her teaching style is informed by Harvey Deutch and received both her 100 and 50 hour advanced training under his mentor ship and still works with him in his physical therapy clinic in San Francisco. Jill is currently enrolled in an 800 training to become a certified yoga therapist. Therapeutic yoga is a process of meeting the yogi where they are, of empowering individuals by helping increase self-awareness and learning how to work within one’s own strengths and limitations. The goals of this practice can include reducing or eliminating symptoms that cause suffering while improving foundation and function. But therapeutic yoga is not just for the ‘mature’ or injured, it is a practice every body can benefit from by going deep in a safe and healing way.

  • Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD

    Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD

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