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Exploring and Integrating the Eight-Fold Path in Daily Life

with Mark Coleman and JoAnna Hardy

This eight-month program is for meditators / Buddhist practitioners, wishing to engage wholeheartedly in a deep exploration of their dharma practice through the study and teaching of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. Using the classic Buddhist teachings of Sila, Samadhi, Pana (Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom) we will look at how we cultivate mindfulness, kindness, and balance given the inner stresses of modern life and the outer social challenges of inequity and the pressure of climate change.

This will be a practical, experiential, and meditative program, through the exploration of the Buddha’s teachings on cultivating the eight limbs of the Dharma path, namely, Wise Effort, Wise Concentration, Wise Mindfulness, Wise Understanding, Wise Motivation, Wise Action, Wise Livelihood and Wise Communication. Through the support of these teachings we will inquire how to live and respond to life with awareness, wisdom, and compassion.

In this journey, we will create a vibrant learning community to study, meditate, inquire into these key areas of Buddhist teaching, and how to make these teachings practically relevant in our current social milieu. Our meditative path of practice and what is happening around us politically, socially and globally are not separate. As we explore the Eightfold Path teachings, we will apply what was taught 2600 years ago to what we live and experience in our contemporary lives.

This program may potentially serve as a foundation for more extensive practitioner programs and training.


  • April – November 2020
  • Commitment: four 2-day non-residential retreats, 1 residential retreats, online conferences, + self-study.
  • Accommodations are not available at Spirit Rock for the commuter and day retreats. Although Spirit Rock staff have not personally viewed or vetted them, as a courtesy to our out-of-town guests, we suggest you check out these nearby accommodations. All sessions in the training program will be held at Spirit Rock.


Non-Residential Retreats held in the Community Meditation Center:

  • April 24-25, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, 2020
  • May 15-16, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, 2020
  • June 26-27, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, 2020
  • October 9-10, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, 2020

Residential Retreat held in the Upper Retreat Hall

  • November 16, 2 pm -November 19, 4 pm, 2020

Monthly 1-hour online video conferences:

  • July 22, 6 pm
  • August 26, 6 pm
  • September 16, 6 pm


  • Program fee sliding scale $1400 – $1800
  • Partial scholarship sliding scale $700 – $12chris00
  • Prerequisites:
    • Two years of meditation practice
    • Ten days of meditation day-retreats or silent residential retreats, or a combination


Applicants will be notified by February 28.  First payment required by March 15.  Final payment is due by April 15.


Mark Coleman, Picture by D. Ellis


Mark Coleman has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is on the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats since 1997. He is a psychotherapist, life-coach, and mindfulness consultant to corporations. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and passionate about combining the forces of meditation, silence, and nature.

Mark’s books include Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery, Make Peace with your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic and From Suffering to Peace: The True Promise of Mindfulness.


Joanna Hardy


JoAnna Hardy has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. Helping communities and individuals that don’t typically have access to traditional dharma settings, social/racial justice, and building multicultural community is top on her list of priorities. She is an empowered teacher in the Spirit Rock, IMS lineage.

For more information, visit www.joannahardy.org.

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