"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Growing Your Home Practice: A Non-Residential Retreat
Anne Cushman
2 Fridays: February 10th & February 17th, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $150 - $400. Please bring your lunch. Code AC1M17.
Registration has now closed for this program.

This unique non-residential retreat consists of two full Fridays in Spirit Rock’s beautiful new community hall—separated by a week of “daily life practice” in your own home and workplace, supported by home practice assignments, guided meditations, and dharma discussions via teleconference.

The program is designed to help you establish (or deepen) a nourishing, flexible, and reliable home meditation practice that is integrated into the unique rhythms of your busy life. In the rapid pace and high stress of contemporary life, many people feel like they don’t have time for a meditation practice. But in fact, this is when we need it the most. In this retreat you’ll learn how to make your day-to-day practice feel like a refuge and a support, not an obligation.

The days at Spirit Rock will be held in Noble Silence and will include sitting and walking meditation, gentle mindful yoga, guided reflection and dharma discussion. Every day in between, you will be offered specific suggestions and guidelines for integrating meditation and mindfulness into whatever your activities are that day — at work, at play or at home. Throughout the week you’ll be offered several opportunities to participate live in guided morning or evening meditations and dharma discussions via teleconference — or to listen to the recordings of these sessions, if the live timing doesn’t work for you.

To Spirit Rock, please bring a packed lunch and a blanket for lying-down meditation. To participate in the home practice discussions, you’ll need phone or Internet access.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this program for $90.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

Visit our Online Bulletin Board for Ride Sharing to find or offer a ride.

Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or (415) 488-0164 x224.

Scholarships are not available for events listed as “Benefits.”

Even if you have been to Spirit Rock before, please review our Non-Residential Programs FAQ for useful information about what to wear, what to bring, how to get here, and more.

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