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, CALost Coast Meditation RetreatTeachers: 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.
June 15 – 21, 2015      Spirit Rock, CaliforniaFrom Breath to Spacious AwarenessTeachers: 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.
July 31 – August 2 or 5, 2015      Paradise, UtahAwake in the World – A 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.
Summer, 2015Dharma in Daily LifeClosed retreat for participants in DIDL 3 program.
Aug. 27 - Sept. 2     Northern New MexicoTouching the Earth: Awakening to Our LivesAn Insight Meditation RetreatTeacher: 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.
September 4 – 12, 2015     SE UtahGreen River Canoe RetreatA Wilderness Journey sponsored by Sky Mind Retreats
Teacher: Susie Harrington
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.
October 9 – 14, 2015     Bishop, CAThe Earth as Our Teacher: Gateways to the HeartAn 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.
Nov 13 - 16, 2015 at Cloud Mountain, WAAwakening the HeartTeachers: Tim Geil & Susie Harrington
For more info please go the Cloud Mountain website.