May 2023

24May(May 24)2:30 PM29(May 29)11:00 AMWhere Wisdom and Compassion Meet - A Retreat with Buddhist NunsRetreat now is session2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (29) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Ayya Anandabodhi; Ayya Santacitta Sold OutOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday to Monday, May 24-29, 2022 (5 nights). Code 252R23.
Registration Fee: $150; Full Sliding Scale: $150-$2600, PLUS a donation to the teachers — see details below.
Arrival Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Departure Time: 11:00 a.m.

Registration opens approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 24, 2023.


Open to: Everyone

Through investigating our own direct experience in meditation and action, old patterns of holding and pushing away can begin to unravel. The freedom we seek is found by turning towards the truth of impermanence, and by embracing the limitations of this world with compassion and care.

This monastic retreat will be held in Noble Silence. There will be periods of guided and silent meditation, Dharma reflections, chanting and simple ritual, guided movement practice, Q&A, and group practice discussions.

This retreat is open to all genders.

PLEASE NOTE: Retreatants are encouraged to keep 8 Precepts for the entire length of this retreat. For those who choose not to keep the 6th Precept, a light supper will be available. This retreat may not be a good match if you are unable to meet the limited intake of food requirement.

The Eight Precepts:
1. Not intentionally killing or harming any living creatures.
2. Not stealing, or concerning oneself with the possessions of others.
3. Not engaging in sexual activity of any kind.
4. Not lying or using speech harmfully. (On retreat this precept is usually observed as Noble Silence–keeping the silence unless there is a practical necessity to speak.)
5. Not taking intoxicating drink or drugs.
6. Not eating after mid-day. (Optional)
7. Not seeking amusements or wearing special bodily adornment. (On retreat one dresses and acts in a modest and restrained manner.)
8. Not using sleep indulgently.

Registration Fee & Cancellation Policy:
A minimum $150 registration fee is required to reserve a space in this retreat. A retreat of this length would normally cost $1025. This registration fee is a discounted rate for this unique monastic retreat and covers a portion of the “value of the goods and services received” by attending this retreat. This discounted rate is not tax-deductible. You will have the opportunity at the end of the retreat to make additional offerings to Spirit Rock — offerings to Spirit Rock totaling more than $1025 are tax-deductible.

On the last day of the retreat, participants will be invited to offer dana or make offerings in two categories: support for the retreat teachers and support for Spirit Rock. The word “dana” means generosity and simply translates into a heartfelt donation. Your support offered to the teachers and to Spirit Rock will help us continue to offer this unique annual monastic retreat and everything we do here. To read more about the practice of dāna, go to Dāna: The Practice of Generosity.

Cancellation policy for this monastic retreat:

  • Full refund = 4 weeks or more before the retreat (April 26)
  • $150 cancellation fee = between 2-4 weeks before the retreat (April 27-May 10)
  • No refunds = less than 2 weeks before the retreat (May 11)

Room Occupancy Update*: We have 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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