2017 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.

Feb. 24 – 26   Salt Lake City UT
Nonresidential weekend retreat

Teacher: Susie Harrington
Sponsored by SLCInsight

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

Escalante Wilderness Backpacking Retreat

April 9 – 15     Boulder, UT
: Susie Harrington
Retreat page and registration
A week-long retreat hiking through the stunning slickrock canyon country of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is a silent retreat with dharma talks, formal practice, walking, layover days, solo retreat time, as well free time to explore the spectacular country. Participants need to be prepared for carrying 30+ pounds over rocky canyon terrain for 4 – 6 miles on the days we are moving.

Vibrant spring growth among the sandstone.

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.

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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.

Weekend Retreat

May 26 – 28      Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Susie Harrington
Sponsered by Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community

Lost Coast Wilderness Retreat

June 3 – 11,      Northern California
Teachers: Susie Harrington and Erin Selover
Retreat page 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.

Morning light on Lost Coast walkers

Emptiness: Experienced students retreat

June 13 -21      Insight Meditation Society
Barre, Massachusetts
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
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.

Embodied Heart, Embodied Wisdom

August 25 - 29     Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Teachers: Susie Harrington, Anne Cushman
Everything happens right here in our bodies! Through connecting deeply with our present moment embodied experience, we access and move through the obstacles to happiness, ease and freedom. Suitable for those newer to practice and for those interested in accessing their embodied wisdom more fully.

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
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
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


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