Meditation Retreat Schedule


All listed retreats are either: open for registration, accepting wait list applications, registration is via another listed organization, or registration is not yet open. Closed retreats (retreat and wait list are full, or retreat is part of a closed series) descriptions are grey.

2017


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.

Sunset over river

Advanced Practitioner Program Retreat


April 20 – 27      Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Teachers: Sally Armstrong, Susie Harrington, Bhikku Analayo, Bhikku Bodhi, Kamala Masters and Guy Armstrong
A one year program – program and wait list are full.

Everyday Dharma: Bringing our Practice to our Interpersonal Lives


Non-Residential Retreat
May 5 – 7 | Friday - Sunday     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Teacher: Susie Harrington
This retreat will explore how our practice is challenged and comes alive in the crucible of our interactions each day. While we can increase intimacy with ourselves through silent practice, the larger exploration becomes how to keep that connection alive while in relationship with others. Relational dharma is the invitation to make each interaction of our day a place of intensive and rewarding dharma practice – an opportunity for connection, understanding and insight.

Emptiness: Experienced students retreat


June 13 -21      Insight Meditation Society
Barre, Massachusetts
Teachers:
Guy Armstrong, Sally Armstrong, Susie Harrington, Brian Lesage

Touching the Earth: Nature as a Gateway to the Heart


July 14 – 19     Paradise, Utah
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Brian LeSage
Cost: 3-day $140-$100; 6-day $260-$140
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.

paradise brook

Walking in the Buddha’s Footsteps


August 6 -13      Pecos, New Mexico
Teacher:
Susie Harrington
Cost: : $695 - $495 (sliding scale)
Location: Tolemei Center, Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos NM
Info & Registration: Via this pdf form from the sponsors . For any
questions, please contact Jean Admire via JEAD or 505-901-9455

This retreat is co-sponsored by Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center, Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha, & Taos Mountain Sangha


The Buddha was a real person who lived 2600 years ago. True, he was exceptional, but still a traveler through the joys and challenges of life. In many ways, his life was his most profound teaching: the search for freedom from suffering and following the search, how to embody the awake heart in a full and meaningful life. For this retreat, we will investigate stories from the Buddha’s life, and explore how these can be of use to us in our lives. There will be an emphasis on not only the journey to awakening, but also on how to meet the everyday challenges and complications of our personal lives and in today’s world. During this silent retreat, there will be sitting and walking meditation, meditation instructions, dharma talks, and individual meetings with the teacher. Like the Buddha, we will practice outside as much as conditions allow. This retreat is open to all - those with experience and those new to practice.

Green River Canoe Retreat
September 9 – 16     SE Utah


Teacher: Susie Harrington
More info and registration

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.

Meditation and Poetry Retreat


September 22–24      Old La Sal, Utah
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Cost: $170 - $220 for room and 3 nourishing meals a day. Suggested donation to the teachers: $100 - $400.
Info & Registration

We live in a culture that wants to know—we chart and graph and test and outline. We codify and classify and name. But what do we really know? What is all this messiness and mystery that breeds underneath our longing for orderliness and certainty? What would happen if we could really rest in uncertainty? How deep might that relaxation go? How much more open might our lives be if we made friends with letting go?

We’ll read poems that don’t bring answers, poems that lead us deeper into paradox. We’ll sit in the midst of the not-knowing, sit with our joys, our challenges, the what is here of each moment. We’ll write our own explorations of what if and what else and see what even a small bit of wonder might do … if you’re willing to risk a little, meditation and writing can open doors where before you didn’t even realize a door existed. Spiritual doors. Healing doors. Doors where there used to be walls.

No previous writing experience required. No previous meditation experience required. This poetry and meditation weekend is for anyone who is curious about weaving spiritual awakening and the creative poetic impulse.

La Sal Mountains

Weekend Retreat


Sept. 29 – Oct. 1     Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Teacher:
Susie Harrington
Sponsered by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Settling, Seeing, Spacious Awareness


October 2 – 9     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Teachers: Susie Harrington, Donald Rothberg

Journey to Bhutan
A Cultural & Walking Retreat


Nov. 19 – Dec. 3     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.

Glowing light in the aspens

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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2018


Winter Non-residential Retreat


January 12-14       Logan, Utah
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Info and Registration (Cache Valley Sangha website)

Snowy Wasatch

Winter Retreat


Jan. 25 – 30      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Teacher:
Susie Harrington
Info (& Registration when available)
Sponsored by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community.

Baja Sea Kayaking Retreat


Feb. 11–17
Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico
A seven day, six night wilderness retreat in Baja California 

Teacher: Susie Harrington
Cost: $1,495, 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.

Info & Registration

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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March Monthlong


February 24 – March 24     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Teachers: Andrea Fella, Greg Scharf, Brian LeSage, Susie Harrington
Lottery open

Escalante Wilderness Backpacking Retreat


Short hiatus due to scheduling conflict

Vibrant spring growth among the sandstone.

Meditation and Poetry Retreat


April 27 – 29      Old La Sal, Utah
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Cost: $170 - $220 for room and 3 nourishing meals a day. Suggested donation to the teachers: $100 - $400.
Registration for this retreat will open on December 1, 2017

The Meditation and Poetry Retreat will be held in the container of a silent meditation retreat. There will be practice instructions, guided meditations, silent sitting and walking meditation. Poetry practice will be woven into our days, with 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.

La Sal Mountains

Nonresidential weekend retreat


May 4 – 6     Salt Lake City, UT
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Sponsored by SLCInsight

Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness

May 13 – 20     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Teachers: Susie Harrington, Donald Rothberg
Prerequisite: Completion of at least two 5-night or longer silent Insight Meditation retreats or permission of the teachers. 
Registration opens on 1/10/2018. Limited special rates available for young (age 18–25) adults.

We will begin by settling our minds and bodies with sitting and moving forms of meditation. As we settle, we will begin to examine the different dimensions of experience in our bodies, thoughts, and emotions. As we continue, we can also tune in more to an increasingly unconfined and luminous awareness beyond reactivity, that is a source of freedom, wisdom, and compassion, both in retreat practice and daily life. 

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Non-residential Retreat


May 26 – 27      Victoria, BC
Teacher:
Susie Harrington
Info & Registration will be posted at sponsor Victoria Insight Meditation Society

Lost Coast Wilderness Retreat


June 3 – 16,      Northern California
2 week, and limited 1 week spots, will be available
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Ayya Anandabhodi
Registration opens Dec. 1.

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

Lost Coast Women's Retreat


July 6 – 14,      Northern California
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Erin Selover
Registration opens Dec. 1.

New women only version of the annual Lost Coast Retreat, a little later in the summer.

Morning light on Lost Coast walkers

Concentration Retreat


August 19 - 28     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Teachers: Phillip Moffitt, Sally Armstrong, Susie Harrington
Prerequisite: Two 7-night or three 5-night insight retreats.
Registration opens on 4/19/2018. Limited special rates available for young (age 18–26) adults.

Concentration (samadhi), the collection and unification of the mind, was emphasized by the Buddha as one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. It can bring joy to your practice and lead to the skillful use of pleasure in the meditative process. Whatever your level of practice, you can improve your Insight Meditation (Vipassana) by strengthening your concentration skills.

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Meditation and Poetry Retreat


Sept. 21 – 23      Old La Sal, Utah
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Cost: $170 - $220 for room and 3 nourishing meals a day. Suggested donation to the teachers: $100 - $400.
Registration for this retreat will open on December 1, 2017

The Meditation and Poetry Retreat will be held in the container of a silent meditation retreat. There will be practice instructions, guided meditations, silent sitting and walking meditation. Poetry practice will be woven into our days, with 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.

La Sal Mountains