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.

People walking on a rocky beach

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.

Pecos Monastery in the trees

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.

Sunrise at spirit rock.

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.

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.

Spirit Rock retreat hall in morning light

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.

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.

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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All in-person retreats are currently held with current COVID protocols, including masking, social distancing and hygiene, and updated as requirements and recommendations evolve. More information is available for each retreat. 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. Check back, we are still adding retreats as changing conditions continue to unfold.

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PROGRAMS

 

Liberation through Emptiness and Awareness Practices (LEAP)


May 2023 – May 2024


Teachers: Sally Armstrong, Susie Harrington, and Dawn Scott, and guest teachers including Guy Armstrong, Gil Fronsdal, Venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo, and Brian Lesage.
Location: This program includes three 8-day retreats at Spirit Rock.
Applications: accepted on a rolling basis until the program fills, or November 15, whichever is first.

The purpose of this program is to bring to life the liberating teachings of the Buddha, both on retreat and in our daily practice. LEAP is intended for experienced students of the Dhamma who want to explore these teachings through practice, study, inquiry, and interactive exercises. It is a year-long program consisting of three retreats; regular meetings with small-groups, study/practice partners, and LEAP teachers; and monthly homework including readings, reflections, and meditation instructions.

More info and application

Path through field

2022

 

Awake in the Wild

Exploring Awareness & Insight in Nature

October 28 – November 3, 2022
Venue: Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Teachers: Susie Harrington, Mark Coleman, Kaira Jewel Lingo
Registration for waitlist at spiritrock.org

Nowhere is the power of contemplative silence and meditation more profound than in the beauty of nature. Following the rich Buddhist tradition of meditating in the forest, this retreat will be spent primarily outside, practicing in the beauty of nature, in the hills and woodlands of Spirit Rock.

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Sacred Bhutan

Walking and Meditation in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Nov. 20 – Dec. 6, 2022

TEACHER: Susie Harrington assisted by Kathy Cheney
COST: $7,170
LOCATION: We will spend our days trekking through Bhutan. Trip begins and ends in Bangkok, Thailand (see itinerary).

More information and 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. Bhutan is one of the few countries in the world that has successfully resisted the wave of globalization. The country was quite isolated from the modern world until the 1960's, and residents enjoy a culturally intact lifestyle, complete with well-preserved festivals, traditional food and dress, and traditional architecture.

Our focus will be on the active monasteries and temples that arise from the landscape everywhere. Monastic life is active and strong in Bhutan, and we will practice in many of these monasteries, listen to the chanting monks and nuns, and meet with the local Rinpoches and Khenpos who guide monastic life. Many of the temples that we will visit are remote, inaccessible by road, and infrequently visited by tourists.

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2023

Baja Sea Kayaking Retreat

A seven day, six night wilderness retreat in Baja California 

January 17 - 23, 2023
Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico

Teacher: Susie Harrington assisted by Kirsten Rudestam
Cost: $1,850, plus dana (donation) for the teacher
Location: Trip begins and ends in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Direct flights available from L.A., Phoenix, and Dallas or Tijuana 4-5 days a week.

More info and 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.

Sunset light on the ocean

Spirit Rock February 2023

One Month Retreat

January 28 – February 25, 2023
Venue: Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Teachers: Susie Harrington, James Baraz, Sally Armstrong, Dawn Scott and Vance Pryor

Waitlist Application

An extended period of retreat offers the rare opportunity for sustained and dedicated deep 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. The retreat will consist of a daily schedule of silent sitting, walking meditation, dharma talks, and practice meetings with teachers.

Spirit Rock Hall and Hills

Meditation in the Desert

Touching the Earth at Cochise Stronghold

March 4 – 11, 2023     
Location:
Dharma Treasure Retreat Center which is located east of Tucson near Cochise Stronghold. dharmatreasure.org/
Teacher:
Susie Harrington
Cook: Valerie Holze
Cost: $430 - $600

More info & registration

Again and again the Buddha recommended practicing out of doors. Immersed in nature, and in the quiet of our meditation practice, we will open ourselves to the interconnectedness, preciousness, and beauty of our true nature. In this retreat, we'll be encouraged to look around a lot and to delight in what we see. This is a simple camping retreat with 3 delicious meals a day and simple day to day outdoor living and practicing. If an outdoor retreat appeals to you, far from people, without the challenges of backpacking, this may be a retreat for you!

Dragoon Mountains sunset light

Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy


July 2022 – January 2024


Teachers: Gil Fronsdal, Susie Harrington, Kristen Rudestam, Ram Appalaraju, and guest teachers and facilitators skilled in specific areas of teaching and inquiry.
Location: This program includes two in-person one-week retreats in California, and 17 days/10 online sessions.
Applications: Being accepted now, will be processed in the order received until the course is full, with notification of acceptance by June 1, 2022.

This program offers basic Buddhist training in the wisdom and skill needed to be a Buddhist Environmental Chaplain, i.e., those who work to support people in developing healthy, compassionate, and mutually supportive relationships with each other and 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 socio-environmental crises with wisdom and compassion.

More info and registration

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