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NOTE: All Young Adult Rates and Scholarships for this retreat have been allocated.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.
Please Note: Parts of this retreat will be held outdoors surrounded by nature depending upon weather conditions.
During this traditional Insight Meditation retreat, we will follow the advice of the Buddha and hold many of our sessions at the base of a grand old California oak tree in the beautiful natural setting of Spirit Rock. People who have done meditation practice in nature are profoundly moved by the experience and often report a new sense of enchantment and connection with the world.
This retreat will be held in silence and follow a traditional schedule of sitting and walking meditation. The dharma talks and discussions will present both traditional Buddhist views of self and reality, as well as some of the latest information from evolutionary biology, deep-ecology and psychology to support and guide the meditations. The retreat is suitable for both beginning and advanced meditation students. Recommended reading for this retreat is Wes Nisker's book Buddha's Nature.
Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.
For more information about Hemera Foundation Scholarships: ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.
**UWH=upper Walking Hall = This retreat is designed as a smaller and more intimate retreat and as such, it is held in the upper Walking Hall during poor weather conditions. This hall is located at the top of a flight of stairs adjacent to the main meditation hall. It is not accessible by wheelchair or scooter. If you have mobility limitations such that you cannot climb a flight of stairs, this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please call the registration department for more details BEFORE you register for this retreat if you have concerns related to accessibility to the upper Walking Hall.
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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay 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.