May 2020

20May(May 20)3:00 PM27(May 27)11:30 AMThe Magic of Awareness -- Online Only3:00 PM - 11:30 AM (27) Online 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; 8 days (includes 2 partial days). See schedule below.
Sliding Scale: $280-$1900; Code 354R20.
Registration closes midnight Tuesday, May 19; unless it fills up sooner.

ONLINE: This at-home retreat is now offered online only, on a sliding scale basis from $280-$1900. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

PLEASE NOTE: This retreat will be modified for an at-home schedule and experience. We will post a schedule as soon as the teachers have finalized it.

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.

Daily Schedule
PLEASE NOTE: All times shown are Pacific Daylight Time
Bolded sessions indicate all are encouraged to attend

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – Opening Day
12:15 p.m.     Open House Technical Zoom Testing – for those who need tech support
1:45 p.m.       Break – Main Hall Closed
2:00 p.m.       Meditation Hall Opens / Arrive and Settle
2:15 p.m.       Formal Opening / Welcoming Talk
3:30 p.m.       Break
3:40 p.m.       Sit
4:15 p.m.       Instructions for Walking/Walking Meditation
4:50 p.m.       Closing Talk and Dedication of Merit
5:15 p.m.       Ending

Thursday, May 21 — Tuesday, May 26
7:00 a.m.       Personal early practice – Sitting / Walking (Main Hall Not Open)
9:45 a.m.       Arrive and Settle
10:00 a.m.     Morning Teaching/Sitting/Discussion
11:00 a.m.     Walking Meditation
11:30 a.m.     Community Gathering – All Attend
11:45 a.m.     Community Sit OR Affinity Group Sit; POC: Thursday/Saturday/Monday; LGBTQI: Friday/Sunday/Tuesday
12:15 p.m.     Lunch Break ((Main Hall Not Open)
2:15 p.m.       Community Gathering – All Attend
2:30 p.m.       Personal Practice Sit – on your own, away from Zoom
                            OR if assigned Practice Meeting:
                            Practice Group A: Thursday/Saturday/Monday
                            Practice Group B: Friday/Sunday/Tuesday
3:15 p.m.       Break
3:30 p.m.       Movement (Yoga) or Walking Meditation
4:00 p.m.       Community Sit
4:15 p.m.      Dharma Talk / Q and A / Closing Metta
5:15 p.m.       End of Day

Wednesday, May 27 – Closing Day
10:00 a.m.    Closing session
11:30 a.m.     End of Retreat

General Information

Cancellation Policy:
$100 – Up to 2 days prior to your retreat.
No refunds as of 2 days before.


  • 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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