Residential Retreats

    Since ancient times all wise cultures have known the value of retreat. Time in retreat allows us to step out of the complexity of our life, to listen deeply to our body, heart, and mind. For 2,600 years, meditation retreats have been a central part of the Buddhist path of awakening. Meditation retreats offer practical instruction and group support for discovering inner understanding and freedom. Spirit Rock retreats combine the fertile atmosphere of silence with extensive time for meditation and walks in nature, supported by systematic Buddhist teachings. Careful guidance and training is offered in meditation. Most retreats are suitable for both new and more experienced students of meditation.

    • The Practice of Retreat
    • Preparing for Your Retreat
    • Retreat FAQ

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    September 2021

    Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP7)Program Dates: April 2022 - May 2024; Application deadline: September 1, 2021Year Around Event (2021) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Tempel Smith; Bonnie Duran, MPH, DrPH; Kaira Jewel Lingo; Gullu Singh; and John Martin; along with other senior vipassana teachers Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    October 2021

    20Oct(Oct 20)3:00 PM27(Oct 27)11:00 AMNatural RadianceThe Freedom of Awareness3:00 PM - 11:00 AM (27) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Mark Coleman, MA; Leslie Booker; Howard Cohn, MA On-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    November 2021

    03Nov(Nov 3)2:30 PM10(Nov 10)11:00 AMSettling, Seeing, and Luminous Awareness2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (10) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg, PhD; Devon Hase; Beth Sternlieb Join Wait ListOn-landPrerequisiteNo prerequisiteOpen

    12Nov(Nov 12)2:30 PM17(Nov 17)11:00 AMMindfulness and Heartfulness for Insight and Liberation2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (17) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Anushka Fernandopulle; Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey; Jean Esther Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    19Nov(Nov 19)2:30 PM28(Nov 28)11:00 AMJourney into Refuge, Presence, and Love2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (28) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Thanissara; Kittisaro; Dawn Mauricio; Yong Oh; Gullu Singh; Djuna Devereaux & Adam Stonebraker (yoga teachers) Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    29Nov(Nov 29)2:30 PM05Dec(Dec 5)11:00 AMConcentration and InsightStrengthening the Foundations of Practice(November 29) 2:30 PM - (December 5) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Susie Harrington; Dawn Scott; Jessica Morey; Oren Jay Sofer, SEP; Marjolein Janssen (trainee) Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    December 2021

    06Dec(Dec 6)2:30 PM11(Dec 11)11:00 AMMetta & QigongIn the Presence of Love 2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (11) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Vinny Ferraro; Bonnie Duran; Teja Bell Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    12Dec(Dec 12)2:30 PM16(Dec 16)11:00 AMThe Practice of Choosing Forgiveness2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (16) Online Teacher(s): Noliwe Alexander; Carol Cano, MA; Amana Brembry Johnson; Tere Abdala-Romano; Vance Pryor; Jonathan Relucio (movement) On-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    27Dec(Dec 27)2:30 PM03Jan(Jan 3)11:00 AMNew Year's Insight Meditation Retreat(December 27) 2:30 PM - (January 3) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Eugene Cash; Pamela Weiss; Tuere Sala; Dawn Scott; Solwazi Johnson; Hakim Tafari (Qi Gong) Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    January 2022

    04Jan(Jan 4)2:30 PM09(Jan 9)11:00 AMWaking Up in the Midst of it All2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (9) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Howard Cohn; Susie Harrington; Tara Mulay; Hakim Tafari (movement) Join Wait ListOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    10Jan(Jan 10)2:30 PM17(Jan 17)11:00 AMMetta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive HeartLottery Applications Now Open through October 14, 20212:30 PM - 11:00 AM (17) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Donald Rothberg; Pawan Bareja; Kaira Jewel Lingo; Gullu Singh; Sylvia Boorstein (Visiting for One Day); Melvin Escobar (yoga) Accepting ApplicationsOn-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    18Jan(Jan 18)2:30 PM22(Jan 22)11:00 AMThe Four Elements RetreatRegistration now open2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (22) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Kate Munding; Bonnie Duran On-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    23Jan(Jan 23)2:30 PM28(Jan 28)11:00 AMCultivating Wisdom and InsightRegistration now open2:30 PM - 11:00 AM (28) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Brian Lesage; Dawn Scott; Vance Pryor On-landNo prerequisiteOpen

    29Jan(Jan 29)2:30 PM26Feb(Feb 26)11:00 AMFebruary Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat 2022(January 29) 2:30 PM - (February 26) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): James Baraz; Dawn Scott; Tempel Smith; Tuere Sala; JD Doyle, MA; Francisco Gable (assistant); Mei Elliot (assistant); Martha Link (movement) Join Wait ListOn-landPrerequisiteOpen

    29Jan(Jan 29)2:30 PM26Mar(Mar 26)11:00 AMInsight Meditation 2-Month Retreat 2022(January 29) 2:30 PM - (March 26) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): February: James Baraz; Dawn Scott; Tempel Smith; Tuere Sala; JD Doyle, MA; Francisco Gable (assistant); Mei Elliot (assistant); Martha Link (movement): March: Andrea Fella; Bhante Buddharakkhita; Winnie Nazarko; Greg Scharf; Anushka Fernandopulle; Diana Clark (assistant) Amy Wang (movement) Join Wait ListOn-landPrerequisiteOpen

    February 2022

    26Feb2:30 PM26Mar11:00 AMMarch Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat 2022(February 26) 2:30 PM - (March 26) 11:00 AM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Andrea Fella; Bhante Buddharakkhita; Winnie Nazarko; Greg Scharf; Anushka Fernandopulle; Diana Clark (assistant); Amy Wang (movement) Join Wait ListOn-landPrerequisiteOpen

    March 2022

    27Mar(Mar 27)3:00 PM30(Mar 30)11:00 AMLiving with Awareness: Foundations of Insight MeditationLottery Applications Open on November 10, 20213:00 PM - 11:00 AM (30) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Mark Coleman; Diana Winston On-landNo prerequisiteOpens soon

    April 2022

    02Apr(Apr 2)3:00 PM09(Apr 9)11:00 AMSteadying the Heart: Refuge through the Four Sublime StatesRegistration opens Thursday, December 2, 20213:00 PM - 11:00 AM (9) Upper Retreat HallOn-landNo prerequisiteOpens soon

    10Apr(Apr 10)3:00 PM14(Apr 14)11:00 AMThe Women Gather: Finding Refuge in Collective Healing Wisdom - A Retreat for Self-identified Black Women of the African DiasporaRegistration opens Thursday, December 8, 20213:00 PM - 11:00 AM (14) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Alisa L. Dennis, PhD; Amana Brembry Johnson On-landNo prerequisiteOpens soon

    21Apr(Apr 21)3:00 PM29(Apr 29)11:00 AMExploring Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced PractitionersRegistration opens December 21, 20213:00 PM - 11:00 AM (29) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Guy Armstrong; Sally Armstrong; Phillip Moffitt; Dawn Scott On-landPrerequisiteNo prerequisiteOpens soon

    May 2022

    07May(May 7)3:00 PM13(May 13)11:00 AMSeeing the Path Clearly: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception (Vipallasa) - A Monastic RetreatRegistration opens on Wednesday, January 5, 20223:00 PM - 11:00 AM (13) Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Ayya Anandabodhi; Ayya Santacitta On-landNo prerequisiteOpens soon

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