Meditation Retreat Schedule

March 3 – 8     Crestone, CO

Awakening Wisdom & Love Through Insight Meditation

Teachers: Susie Harrington, Brian Lesage
Registration: opens in September


This retreat offers the unique opportunity to practice Insight Meditation at Blazing Mountain Retreat Center. Blazing Mountain is situated on the sacred land of Crestone, Colorado. The surrounding environment and beautifully designed meditation hall provide a spacious setting for practice. The comfortable accommodations and healthy vegetarian meals will nurture your well-being. Sponsored by, and more information available from the Salida Sangha.

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New Year's Retreat


Dec. 27, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018 Salt Spring Island, BC
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Cost: varies based on choice of lodging from $630 - $347, plus dana (donation) for the teacher
Location: Stowell Lake Farm, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Info & Registration

We will retreat into the deepness of winter to appreciate and release the Old Year and welcome and anticipate the vision and renewal of the New Year. We will sink into the deep quiet of these darkest days of the year and celebrate turning once more towards the increasing light and warmth. On New Year’s Eve, you are invited to stay up until Midnight with a slow, gentle evening of sharing blessings, chants, words and quiet, treats, and candles. It is a lovely way to celebrate together.

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Loving the Self to Death

Retreat 3
A program for advanced practitioners

May 24 – 27
Old La Sal, UT
Teacher:
Susie Harrington

Registration for full program required; application period open through Sept. 10.

More info and application

Lost Coast Women's Retreat


May 31 – June 8,      Northern California
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Erin Selover
Info and Registration

The Lost Coast is the longest, wildest stretch of the northern California Coast. Carrying daypacks and lunch, we hike nine miles along the rocky shore, dropping into silence along the way, and arrive at a place that feels sacred and magical. Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, we will practice with the surf, the birds and the sea breezes as our supports. Camping and indoor sleeping arrangements are available.

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Touching the Earth


July 26 – 30     Paradise, Utah
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Cost: 3-day option (7/26-7/28) $100-$140
          5-day option (7/26-7/30) $140-$260
Info & Registration: Cache Valley Sangha

This residential retreat will be an opportunity to sit and walk in silent meditation practice in a lush pastoral setting. Looking deeply into the heart of our experience, we will examine the habits of mind that cause us to suffer. When we bring our compassionate attention to moment to moment experience, our hearts and minds relax and we can access freedom, contentment and well -being.

This retreat will take place primarily outside, with camping or bunk house accommodations available. In addition to sitting and walking meditation, there will be dharma talks, meetings with the teachers, chanting and mindful movement. Those new to meditation and those with experience are welcome.

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Awakening in Love and Insight

A residential retreat
August 18 – 25      
Location:
Pecos Monastery, Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos, New Mexico
Teacher:
Susie Harrington
Cost: $750 – $550

Info & Registration at the Albuquerque Sangha website.

Insight Meditation is a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. In practicing mindfulness in silence throughout the day—in sitting and walking meditation–we learn to be aware of our experience from a place of stillness and equanimity. As we come to see more clearly, insight deepens, and compassion and wisdom can arise.

This retreat, designed for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, will include meditation instruction, dharma talks, individual practice discussions with the teacher and group discussion time. There is a beautiful meditation space at the Center, and we will also sit outside as conditions allow.

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Green River Canoe Retreat
September 7 – 14     SE Utah


Teacher: Susie Harrington
Registration: coming soon

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.

Red sandstone walls tower above a canoe on the Green River.

Gratitude & Generosity: Realizing the Abundant Heart


A weekend non-residential retreat

December 7 – 8     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Teacher: Susie Harrington
Info (and registration when open)

In this weekend retreat, we will practice and inquire, exploring the natural flow of giving and receiving that is the source of all connection, all life, and an expression of the fundamental truth of interconnection.

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Journey to Bhutan
A Cultural & Walking Retreat


Nov. 23 – Dec. 6      Bhutan
Teacher:
Susie Harrington
Info & Registration

This trip is a rare opportunity to travel behind the scenes in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, a country steeped in centuries of Buddhist life and practice. Monastic life is active and strong in Bhutan, and we will practice in many monasteries, listen to the chanting monks and nuns, and meet with local Rinpoches who guide monastic life. On most days we will walk – visiting remote temples, exploring villages, or hiking from town to town. We will support our journey and enrich our experience through meditation practice and personal reflection.

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Freeing Ourselves, Freeing the World: An exploration of the four noble truths

January 3 – 5       Logan, Utah
Teacher: Susie Harrington

In this Insight Meditation retreat we will explore how the foundational teaching of the Four Noble truths can be a guide to freeing us from personal suffering, and moving our practice into the challenging conditions of our lives. We live in a time when our practice must expand to include the complexity of the human and more-than-human world if it is to have relevance and meaning, while also providing support in a changing world. This non-residential retreat will primarily be silent with sitting and walking meditation. However, we will also use occasional periods of interactive inquiry to explore the topic. There will be dharma talks, periods of Q&A, and an opportunity to meet with the teacher.

Please find more information and registration at the Cache Valley Sangha webpage.

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February Monthlong


February 1 – 29     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Co-Teachers: James Baraz, Kamala Masters, Tempel Smith, John Martin, Beth Sternlieb
Info (and lottery when open) at spiritrock.org.
Applications for the lottery will be accepted Tuesday, July 16, 2019, to midnight Saturday, August 31, 2019. You do not need to apply on the first day it opens.

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated practice. This retreat emphasizes quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing profound clarity and depth of insight practice. Instruction will follow the traditional four foundations of mindfulness, combined with training in loving-kindness and compassion, through a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers.

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Escalante Wilderness Backpacking Retreat

Full with a waitlist

Dates: April 12 – 18
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Info & Registration

This retreat is an opportunity to "return home" to our true, wild nature to deepen our practice. Immersed the extraordinary wilderness of Escalante in Utah and in the quiet of our meditation practice, we will open ourselves to the interconnectedness, preciousness, and beauty of our true nature. Sitting in the beauty of canyon country gives us ready access to rapture, that quality of delighted interest and awe, and one of the seven factors of enlightenment.

Vibrant spring growth among the sandstone.

In response to the the COVID-19 pandemic some retreats have moved online. Attending a retreat online is new for most of us! In practicing together online, in response to the inability to do retreats in person, we are discovering that there are also many benefits to this form: the opportunity to integrate practice directly into our home environment, the chance to create community together in this time of separation, no travel, less expense, and best of all - we can make our home our temple! Others who have given it a try, have found it surprisingly wonderful. I hope you will join us.

Neither love nor terror makes one blind: indifference makes one blind. James Baldwin

From Compassion to Action

a day of meditation and wise response

An online retreat with times for personal action responses


June 28, 9:00 - 4:00 MDT
8 - 3:00 PDT, 10 - 5:00 CDT, 11 - 6:00 EDT. Zoom familiarization for those who desire half hour before start.
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Kirsten Rudestam
Cost: $40 - $100 ($10 fee for admin costs, the remainder is offered in support to the teachers. For this retreat, 50% of teacher fees will be donated to organizations in support of Black Lives Matter) No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Registration opens shortly

Our hearts are moved. Compassion is the expression of the tender and open heart when it meets the suffering of our world. To know compassion is to care -- to feel our connection with other people and with the more than human world. In these times we are asked to come to terms with the devastating effects or our racial history, our environmentally disastrous greed, and the immediate difficulties of Covid-19. It is in facing these challenges that our hearts can know both our tenderness and our strength. There is the natural desire to feel both compassion and the desire to relieve the suffering.

In this daylong retreat, we will explore through meditation, dharma talks, connection with others and engaged practice, how to know and allow the natural movement of our hearts. There will be periods of silent practice as well as invitations to take action, such as making a phone call, writing a letter, donating to a cause, and finding your own inspiration to act. Through mindfulness, we will explore the emotions, resistances, hindrances, and wholesome qualities that arise in considering and enacting compassionate response. What arises when we are moved to do something, to move off the cushion, out of silent meditation and take our practice into action? After registering, we will provide you with some preliminary resources and we will ask you to spend 30 minutes prior to the retreat exploring these. You will have the opportunity to connect with others during the retreat, as well as the option to maintain these relationships after the daylong ends.

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From Compassion to Action


An online daylong retreat of meditation and wise response


June 28, 9:00 - 4:00 MDT
8 - 3:00 PDT, 10 - 5:00 CDT, 11 - 6:00 EDT. Zoom familiarization for those who desire half hour before start.
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Kirsten Rudestam
Cost: $40 - $100 ($10 fee for admin costs, the remainder is offered in support to the teachers. For this retreat, 50% of teacher fees will be donated to organizations in support of Black Lives Matter) No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Registration. For retreat questions please contact Marjolein CAR2020

Compassion is the wholesome expression of the open heart when it meets the suffering of our world. To know compassion is to care – to feel our connection with other people and with the more-than-human world. In these times we are asked to come to terms with the devastating effects of our racial history, our environmentally disastrous greed, and the immediate difficulties of Covid-19. It is in facing these challenges that our hearts can know both our tenderness and our strength. There is the natural desire to feel both compassion and to relieve the suffering.

In this daylong retreat, we will explore through meditation, dharma talks, connection with others and engaged practice, how to know and allow the natural movement of our hearts. There will be periods of silent practice as well as invitations to take action, such as making a phone call, writing a letter, donating to a cause, and finding your own inspiration to act. Through mindfulness, we will explore the emotions, resistances, hindrances, and wholesome qualities that arise in considering and enacting compassionate response. What arises when we are moved to do something, to move off the cushion, out of silent meditation and take our practice into action?

Below are some race resources you can begin to look at. Prior to the retreat, we will send additional resources on other topics, and the zoom link. We ask that you spend 30 minutes prior to the retreat exploring responses in a topic that moves you.

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives
Anti-Racism Resources

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La Sal Mountains

Meditation in the Forest


Aug. 24 – 31     SIerra Nevada Foothills, CA
Teachers:
Susie Harrington and Dawn Scott
Info & Registration

This retreat will be held at the Wisdom Retreat Center, on the west side of the Sierras. It is a privately owned 200 acre parcel that adjoins National Forest land. We will be camping and practicing in open shaded forest adjacent to meadows that afford views and generous sky. You will be able to drive close to your campsite to drop off your gear for the week, and then we will park the cars away from our home in the forest.

While it is isolated and simple, solar showers and a complete kitchen with fresh food contribute to making it an inviting and nurturing place to be. Living and practicing outdoors, in conjunction with other protocols, will allow for both in-person sangha and COVID safety.

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The Grand Embrace: Resistance and Willingness

An online retreat on Zoom

Sept. 13 10:00 - 4:30 MDT
9 - 3:30 PDT, 11 - 5:30 CDT, 12 - 6:30 EDT. Zoom familiarization for those who desire half hour before start.

Teachers:
Susie Harrington and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Cost: $40 – $100 sliding scale. ($10 fee for admin costs, the remainder is offered in support to the teachers). No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

If you have any questions please contact Lisa Allee at 970-570-7936 or LISAA (call or text preferred)

We are learning to stretch in so many ways, many of them very uncomfortable. Living right now can feel like being in a story with an unbearable amount of tension. If it were a book, we might be tempted to read ahead to find out what happens to relieve the tension. Well, we don’t get to skip ahead. And we don’t get to stick our heads in the sand. But we do have the chance to meet our resistance to the moment— our sticky, unadulterated top-to-bottom resistance. And we have a chance to practice being available to the moment. Join dharma teacher Susie Harrington and poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for a day of exploring resistance and willingness through meditation and writing.

There will be meditation practice instructions, guided meditations and silent sitting. Poetry practice will include periods of instruction, time to write, and time to share what we have written and discovered. This combination of silence and discovery can be a magical process that leads us deep into ourselves and into the world. No previous experience in meditation or poetry is required to participate. We expect many will be more familiar with one of these modes of exploration than the other and this will be an opportunity to build on the experiences you bring.

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2021


With COVID, everything is in constant flux and change! If you would like to be informed when retreats are offered, we highly recommend you sign up for the newsletter (in the footer) which announces new retreats. We don’t always list all retreat on the website. In 2021, we expect to offer more wilderness retreats in different locations. Including at least one longer retreat opportunity. (In case you you saw the earlier announcements - Susie will not be taking a sabbatical in the way originally planned.)

BUDDHIST ECO-CHAPLAINCY II


July 2021 – Summer 2022


Applications
available in December
Teachers: Gil Fronsdal, Susie Harrington, Kristen Rudestam and visiting teachers.
Location: There will be five workshop retreats at nature-based retreat centers proximate to the San Francisco Bay Area. We may need to transition to virtual retreats in light of the COVID19 epidemic and will keep the website updated as plans develop.

The program will offer training in the wisdom and skill needed to be a Buddhist Environmental Chaplain, i.e., those who work to establish people in a healthy, compassionate, and mutually supportive relationship with the natural world. It will offer experience-based activities and contemplative practices that deepen individuals’ own relationships with the natural world, as well as provide them with skills to be spiritual caregivers, helping others (re)connect with nature and face contemporary environmental crises with wisdom and compassion.

More info

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Experienced Student Programs Open Registration

Loving the Self to Death

A program for advanced practitioners

December 2018 – May 2019

Application period open through Sept. 10
Old La Sal, UT
Teacher: Susie Harrington

This 6-month program is intended specifically for graduates of the Dharma in Daily Life program. Others who have previously practiced with Susie are welcome to apply. Spaces are limited due to the retreat center and individual sessions provided between retreats. Program includes 3 retreats, 2 group calls between retreats, and individual sessions between retreats. Partial participation is not possible.

More info and application

The Adventure of Awakening


January 8 – 31       Forest Refuge in Barre, Massachusetts
Teachers:
Susie Harrington and Jaya Rudgard
Info & Registration at the IMS Forest Refuge website

During this teaching period, we will engage in a three-week journey together through the practices of concentration, insight and awareness. We will begin with concentration practice, when participants will use either mindfulness of breathing or the practice of metta (lovingkindness) to collect and settle the mind. Next, we will open to the immediate moment-to-moment experience of the sense-gates to contemplate directly the three characteristics of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and selflessness. Finally, we will turn our attention to the knowing aspect of the heart. In recognizing the nature of awareness, we have the opportunity to taste the collected, clear and equanimous heart-mind as it meets all experience, and realize our potential for freedom.

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Baja Sea Kayaking Retreat


Feb. dates TBD       Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
A seven day, six night wilderness retreat in Baja California 

Teacher: Susie Harrington
Cost: appx. $1,600, plus dana (donation) for the teacher
Location: Trip begins and ends in Loreto, Baja California, Mexico. Direct flights available from L.A. 4-5 days a week.

Paddling in the Sea of Cortez provides a unique opportunity to explore the power of a silent meditation retreat while immersed in the beauty and wildness of the Sea of Cortez. We will participate in an age-old tradition of going into the wilderness as a support for spiritual practice and inquiry. Immersed in this coastal wilderness, we will use meditation practices to increase our receptivity to the interconnectedness, preciousness and beauty that surround us. Through our enhanced openness and quiet, we have the opportunity to explore deeply the truth of our own nature. We will be in a supportive community as we explore this inner and outer journey. And our community will most likely be inter-species as we interact with the numerous other animals that live in and around the Sea of Cortez—fish, dolphins, whales, manta rays, birds, and the many other creatures of these remote islands.

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Lost Coast Retreat


3 week: May 29 – June 19
2 week: May 29 – June 12

Northern California
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Jeanne Corrigal
Registration opens December 1, 2020

The Lost Coast is the longest, wildest stretch of the northern California Coast. Carrying daypacks and lunch, we hike nine miles along the rocky shore, dropping into silence along the way, and arrive at a place that feels sacred and magical. Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, we will practice with the surf, the birds and the sea breezes as our supports. Camping and indoor sleeping arrangements are available.

Morning light on Lost Coast walkers

Six Week Retreat, Insight Meditation Society


Oct. 27 – Dec. 8       Barre, Massachusetts
Co-Teachers:
Andrea Fella, Brian Lesage, Greg Scarf, DaRa Williams
Info & Registration coming in 2021

This six-week partial of the three-month course is a special time for practice. Each year, up to 100 people come to IMS for this immersion into meditation and retreat life. Because of the course's extended length and ongoing guidance from the teachers, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion.