2014 – 15 Meditation Retreat Schedule


When retreats are full, or only accepting waitlist applications, it will be noted here. Otherwise you can assume there is still space.

May 16 – 23, 2015    Lost Coast, CA
Lost Coast Meditation Retreat

Teachers: Susie Harrington & Anne Cushman
A residential retreat at a remote oceanside house on the spectacular Lost Coast of northern California. Participants will hike in 9 miles along the seashore, and will need to carry some of their personal gear. Camping and inside accommodations are available. Please see this retreat's page for more info.
Looking down the break above the beach.

June 15 – 21, 2015      Spirit Rock, California
From Breath to Spacious Awareness

Teachers: Susie Harrington, Donald Rothberg, & Teja Bell
In this retreat we will explore, through teachings and silent meditation, a sequence of training that has three main parts which connect our foundational mindfulness practice with opening to deeper awareness and greater freedom:

  • Stabilizing attention and cultivating concentration, particularly through mindfulness of breathing;
  • Developing insights into the "three characteristics" of experience (impermanence, suffering, and "not-self"); and
  • Opening to awareness beyond fixation and grasping, to moments of freedom, through a number of specific steps and practices, informed by teachings from the Buddha as well as the Thai Forest tradition and other Buddhist traditions.

We will explore several practices for each of these three training areas, and ways to bring such practices into daily life, as our awareness, compassion, and responsiveness deepen. We will deepen embodiment through the practice of Qigong

Information and registration at the Spirit Rock website.
Spirit Rock from the hill to west

July 31 – August 2 or 5, 2015      Paradise, Utah
Awake in the WorldA Residential Outdoor Retreat


Teachers: Susie Harrington and Alexis Santos
It is through cultivating moment to moment mindfulness in our daily lives that we can grow the qualities of wisdom and compassion. This retreat will rely on traditional Vipassana meditation approaches, including an emphasis on the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, a highly regarded meditation teacher from Burma. There will be periods of walking, sitting, dharma talks, Q&A and meetings with the teachers. We will be sitting and practicing outside, under the shade of trees and by the creek at Touch of Paradise Camp. We warmly welcome those newer to practice, as well as experienced practitioners.
Spirit Rock from the hill to west

Summer, 2015
Dharma in Daily Life

Closed retreat for participants in DIDL 3 program.

Aug. 27 - Sept. 2     Northern New Mexico
Touching the Earth: Awakening to Our Lives

An Insight Meditation Retreat

Teacher: Susie Harrington
Held in the beauty of the Bodhi Mandala Zen Center in Jemez Springs, NM, we will cultivate a practice of ease, relaxation, and connection. Meeting each moment with an open and curious heart, allowing the mind and body to settle into each moment with grace, our native intelligence becomes available and responsive. During this retreat, we will cultivate a receptive and joyful response to the life we are living in each moment of the retreat and beyond. While our lives have their challenges, and the Buddha spoke directly to the difficulty of the human experience, it is our response in each moment that ultimately creates our individual experience. Through the opportunity of retreat we can examine more closely, and wisely adjust, our relationship to experience - taking us toward ever more ease, joy, and awakeness.

The retreat will be held in Noble silence with dharma talks, instructions, opportunities for Q & A, and meetings with the teacher. We will spend our time in sitting and walking practice, much of the time outside. This retreat is appropriate for those newer to practice and those with experience.
Glowing light eminates from the zendo at Bodhi Mandala Zen Center

September 4 – 12, 2015     SE Utah
Green River Canoe Retreat

A Wilderness Journey sponsored by Sky Mind Retreats
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Registration Open
A silent trip though the spectacular redrock of Canyonlands National Park on the calm waters of the Green River. Easy partial days on the river with layover days of mediation practice and exploring. All canoe equipment provided. No experience necessary.
Canoe on Green River with red cliffs

October 9 – 14, 2015     Bishop, CA
The Earth as Our Teacher: Gateways to the Heart

An Insight Meditation Retreat
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Meditating outside, resting in the sacred container of contemplative silence and the natural world, we will explore the inner beauty of our own hearts. The qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity were emphasized by the Buddha as beautiful states of heart and mind to be cultivated in meditation practice. Supported by the nearby Sierra mountains and wildness surrounding the Great Space Center, this Insight Meditation retreat will emphasize relaxation of the body, opening to nature, and spaciousness of mind, as gateways to the qualities of the heart. Our exploration will include sitting and walking practice - primarily outside, dharma talks, meetings with the teacher, and individual time in nature.

This retreat is suitable for those new to practice and those with experience. This is a low cost camping retreat, with indoor facilities for inclement weather. Indoor sleeping accommodations are also available (additional cost) . See registration for details.
Mtns. above Bishop, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Justin Brown

Nov 13 - 16, 2015 at Cloud Mountain, WA
Awakening the Heart

Teachers: Tim Geil & Susie Harrington
For more info please go the Cloud Mountain website.

March 20 – 22, 2015     
Dharma in Daily Life

Closed retreat for participants in DIDL 3 program.