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Retreat Description:
Following a long Buddhist tradition of meditating in the forest beginning with the Buddha, the majority of the retreat will be spent outside, practicing in the beauty of nature.

During the daylong retreat, we will learn traditional Buddhist meditation practices, and complimentary techniques that help deepen our relationship to ourselves, the earth, and awaken our receptivity to nature as our teacher. We will explore how mindfulness practice is profoundly supported by the teachings of nature as we sit and walk outdoors. This deepening awareness opens us to profound experiences of interconnectedness, insight, and love. It also allows us to experience ourselves as part of the broader web of life and attune to a sense of mystery and wonder.

This is a rare opportunity to sit in community, in silence, in a beautiful natural setting in the woods and hills above the main campus at Spirit Rock.

Suitable for both new and experienced students.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $40 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

Held outdoors, or if bad weather, indoor location: Upper Walking Hall.  It will mostly be held outdoors but should bad weather visit us, we will have an indoor location – the upper Walking Hall. We want you to know that this upper walking hall is located at the top of a flight of stairs adjacent to the main meditation hall. It is not accessible by wheelchair or scooter. If you have mobility limitations such that you cannot climb a flight of stairs (or hike a moderate distance) this retreat is not appropriate for you. Please call the registration department for more details BEFORE you register for this retreat if you have concerns related to accessibility to the upper Walking Hall or the short hike to the daily outdoor meditation location.