Join us for a weekend to practice mindfulness meditation in a beautiful natural setting near Santa Barbara. We will spend the weekend in sitting and walking meditation, with ongoing guidance, lecture and instruction from the teachers. We will also have an opportunity to practice cultivating positive emotions, mindful speaking and listening, mindful eating, and experience the depth of stillness that can come through an extended period of practice. This retreat will give special emphasis to embodied mindfulness practice.
Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of well-being.
The silent retreat will begin at 4pm on Friday afternoon and concludes after lunch on Sunday. Meals include supper on Friday; breakfast, lunch and supper on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Please bring a meditation cushion or bench if you have one available.
This silent retreat will be suitable for beginning or experienced students.
Register online early; space is limited. Deadline is June 20th.
1. Register using the yellow buttons below.
- First choose which type of accomodations you would like (single, double, or commuter)
- Then click on the corresponding yellow button based on your choice
2. After registering, complete the Online Retreatant Form by June 20th.
**Commuters will be able to attend the retreat (class and meals) but will need to find accommodations off-site.
Financial Aid Applicants:
1. Register using this link to be considered for limited financial aid. You will need to make a $50 refundable deposit during this registration. Deadline is June 20th.
2. After registering, complete the Online Financial Aid Retreatant Form by June 20th.
Financial aid applicants will be notified of results by Thursday, June 29th.
The days will start early with a meditation before breakfast. After the meal we will gather for meditation instructions followed by a silent morning of sitting and walking meditation, alternating. After lunch you will have free time to rest or hike. More instruction and sitting and walking practice will follow, as well as an opportunity to meet with a teacher in a group. The evening will be a lecture on mindfulness and some more practice until bed.
You will be surprised by how the supportive environment with other students and ongoing teacher guidance will enable you to sit for much longer periods. Most people discover that the silence turns out to be one of the best parts of the weekend. Imagine a time truly for yourself, without having to perform, look a certain way, or interact with others. It's a true respite from society's norms. In silence we can go deeper into self-understanding and touch into our inner peace and joy. There will be some group discussions where you can talk, as well as some guided interactive exercises. Of course if you need something, you are welcome to check in with a teacher or manager. We are confident that anyone can complete a weekend retreat. It may be challenging, but it is doable and deeply rewarding.
Of course there will be opportunity to rest and take a break, and you can always do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself.
A weekend retreat is a wonderful way to deepen your existing meditation practice. You will be given a lot of support, guidance, and instruction to guide you through the weekend. Having taught many of these retreats, our teachers know that a longer retreat is a powerful experience that anyone can do with the right support.
Have you ever been curious about Insight Meditation? This silent retreat will teach the essentials of this practice and offer key Buddhist teachings. We will explore ways to awaken our mind and heart so that we can learn to live a life of wisdom, compassion, inner peace and freedom.
This mini retreat will combine sitting and walking meditations, dharma talks and opportunities to meet with a teacher. An excellent opportunity for those new to retreat practice, and also ideal for experienced practitioners who wish to do a short retreat. The retreat will end Sunday before noon.
Co-sponsored by Spirit Rock: An Insight Meditation Center.
For more detailed information regarding the logistics of the retreat please visit Spirit Rock's website.
*$980 - $445 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff.
If you are interested and need financial assistance, we may have a work exchange available.