Residential Retreat—Santa Rosa, CA
November 5, 2015 - November 15, 2015
Registration Ends Sunday October 25!
Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Sunday, November 15, 2015.
The retreat begins with registration at 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 5; it ends at 11:30 am on Sunday, November 15. Early arrivals can be arranged for Wednesday November 4.
Partial attendance can be arranged, but it must begin on the first day of the retreat.
The teachings on this retreat will be structured to support the development of concentration, mindfulness, and insight using the breath as the primary meditative object. Guided by group and individual meetings with the teacher, students may work with a variety of meditative approaches to progress in a manner and pace appropriate to their individual needs. The daily morning instruction session will introduce mindfulness with breathing as a concentration practice and will systematically develop the skills that lead to the deep absorption states of jhana. Dhamma talks will explore a range of subjects to support the growth of wisdom and insight. This silent retreat is structured with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, dhamma teachings, question and answer sessions, and teacher consultations.
With single rooms for everyone, the facilities can support a range of practice approaches. This retreat may emphasize the cultivation of concentration, but it is flexible enough to nurture a broad development of practices that are appropriate to the individual meditator. Students who are not inclined toward concentration or jhana may choose to emphasize mindfulness, insight, and loving kindness practices. As the retreat progresses, some students may practice mindfulness of the body to enhance calm and presence; some students may intensify concentration to unify consciousness through the deep absorptions called jhana; some students may cultivate loving kindness and open the heart to the precious fragility of life; and other students may nurture insight into the functioning of perception and the nature of mind.
TO REGISTER: Download and complete the AC2015 registration and waiver forms, enclose a non-refundable deposit of $250 (payable to Bodhi-Retreats), and mail to:
225 Second Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
This retreat is designed for experienced students. Previous retreat experience in the insight meditation tradition is required, with a minimum of at least one week-long silent residential retreat. If you have less than one week-long silent retreat experience, your attendance requires approval from the teacher(s).
The retreat facility is handicapped accessible. Accommodations are all single rooms.
Cost: 10 nights with single accommodation is $1800 – $950 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teachers at the end of retreat. The estimated actual per-person cost for this retreat (if we used a fixed rate) is $1400. By selecting an amount above $1400, your generosity supports those who need to select a lower rate to attend the retreat. This sliding scale will allow scholarship needs to be handled by self-selecting an amount lower than $1400.
In addition, two or three people may register for a work-study retreat. These service roles have a registration fee of $675 and involve 3-4 hours of work per day (mostly kitchen work, grocery shopping in advance of the retreat, or managing yogi jobs). One service role for an experienced cook or kitchen manager may be available with no retreat fees.
DANA: Compensation for the teacher is not included in the registration price. There will be an opportunity to offer donations to the teachers at the end of the retreat.
Co-Sponsored by Bodhi-Retreats and Insight Meditation South Bay