The wilderness offers us a space to be present with what is happening in our moment-to-moment experience, free from the constant distraction of our technological world. The presence and awareness that is fostered supports a deeper connection with ourselves, each other, and the natural world. On this retreat we will explore mindfulness through silent periods of meditation practice, relational activities, and daily exploration of nature within us and outside of us.
The emerging science of mindfulness suggests that mindfulness can help build emotional resilience, inner strength, and well being. Retreat practice helps us develop the flexibility to be present, kind, and skillful whether we are alone or interacting with others. Please come prepared to participate with curiosity and a willingness to engage with challenge.
This retreat is for any adult interested in an immersive wilderness mindfulness retreat – prior meditation experience is not necessary. Please note, that this is a backpacking retreat and participants will need to be able to carry their own gear over varied terrain for multiple miles.
We will meet at 10am on April 15th at the trail head and will hike into the wilderness from there, returning to our cars on April 22nd by mid-afternoon. The entire retreat will take place out of doors in the wilderness. Each day will include formal sitting and walking meditation with instruction, nature awareness and relational mindfulness practices. Mindful hiking will be a regular element of each day. Participants should feel comfortable carrying a 35-45 lb pack for 2-4 miles each day.
This retreat is cosponsored by the Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme).
For more detailed information regarding the logistics of the retreat please see the Retreat Program Info documents on iBme's website. (Please click the Register button below for the link.)
If you cancel more than 6 weeks before the start of the retreat, your payment will be refunded minus a $100 administrative fee and the $35 application fee.
We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than 6 weeks before a retreat. There is no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.
Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to our present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Through the practice of mindfulness, we learn tools to regulate emotions, develop attention, and cultivate states of compassion, even-mindedness, and greater well-being. When we attend to the present moment over a sustained period of time, practitioners report deeper connection to themselves, more self-compassion, and greater insights into their lives.
In this week-long retreat we will practice mindfulness meditation through sitting and walking meditation as well as lectures and opportunity to meet with teachers who will guide our practice. While rooted in Buddhist practice of mindfulness, this retreat will focus on the practical applications of mindfulness, and is open to people of all backgrounds and experience, especially those interested in secular mindfulness. An excellent retreat for beginners, but open to all levels.
Co-sponsored by Spirit Rock-An Insight Meditation Center.
For more detailed information regarding the logistics of the retreat please see the application forms Spirit Rock's website. (Please click the Register button below for the link.)
*$1475 - $670 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.
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.