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    Jun
    3
    Fri
    Changes & Transitions in Your 60s & 70s @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – Jun 5 @ 4:30 pm

    Teachers: Phillip Moffitt and Tuere Sala

    Change brings up anxiety and uncertainty and it can also be exciting to connect with bigger visions for ourselves and our world.

    Research shows that meeting change with mindfulness and being empowered to navigate uncertainty allows us to experience a deep sense of well-being even when life is difficult.

    Some of the tools we offer in this workshop are:
    • Reflecting on your life and assessing what’s out of balance.
    • Using our “Journey through Change Map” to orient yourself in your change.
    • Recognizing habits of mind that undermine you and learning to disengage from them.
    • Creating a plan for skillfully navigating your change.

    Expect a weekend of dynamic inquiry and learn to meet change with confidence and clarity.

    Jun
    11
    Sat
    Nine Bodies Insight Retreat @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    Jun 11 @ 9:30 am – Jun 18 @ 4:30 pm

    As a support for Insight meditation, the Nine Bodies teachings and meditations presented in this online retreat offer a new means for tracking and classifying meditative experiences which can help you stay present with whatever arises. These explorations may also increase the clarity and specificity of your mindfulness and enable the arising of insight. In this time of great uncertainty, strengthening our practice in these ways allows us to respond skillfully to the challenges that confront us and our world.

    This Nine Bodies retreat will systematically explore a set of teachings about the nature of consciousness that were first transmitted to Phillip Moffitt by the Himalayan yoga master Sri Swami Premvarni Balyogi twenty years ago. They are the basis for Phillip’s book: Awakening through the Nine Bodies. The practice starts by focusing on the consciousness that arises in the physical body and then presents a series of meditations for exploring ever more subtle levels of consciousness. These teachings and meditations are intended to help you be more empowered in your Insight meditation practice.

    This retreat is for yogis that have a committed practice and the ability to sit multiple times a day over a seven-day period. We strongly suggest that as a prerequisite, you have attended a minimum of two 5-night retreats or one 9-night retreat. This retreat is not recommended for students who are experiencing acute depression or grief or other strong mental challenges.

    Jul
    15
    Fri
    Changes & Transitions Workshop @ Esalen Institute
    Jul 15 @ 9:30 am – Jul 17 @ 4:30 pm

    The one constant in our lives is change and yet we often find ourselves ill-equipped to manage it skillfully. How well you navigate change has a direct impact on the degree of well-being, purpose, and satisfaction you experience on a day-to-day basis. If you are considering a big change, or are in one now, or are still feeling the effects of a past change, this workshop offers you the personal understanding and tools to set a well-considered course for the next phase of your life.

    During this weekend workshop, we will share principles about the nature of change in human lives and time-tested mindfulness practices that can help you move through times of change with more balance. Throughout the workshop, you will complete a series of self-assessments that are designed to give you clarity about your current situation and a sense of next steps.

    Change naturally brings up concerns, fears, and questions that can lead to confusion, lack of motivation, or poor decisions. In this workshop, we teach skills and strategies to effectively respond to the challenges of change such as:

    • Discover which areas of your life need attention, gain insights about your strengths and challenges in dealing with change, and begin to strategize about next steps.

    • Recognize habits of mind that undermine you and learn practices to disengage from their influence.

    • Identify your values and intentions so you have a basis for making wise decisions.

    Expect a weekend full of dynamic inquiry and the opportunity to learn essential life skills for meeting your changes and transitions with authenticity, confidence, and clarity.

    Jul
    28
    Thu
    Online: Dancing with Life: The 12 Insight Practices of the Four Noble Truths
    Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – Jul 31 @ 4:30 pm

    The Four Noble Truths are the Buddha’s first teaching, which is said to contain the sum of all of his teachings. Based on one of the oldest Theravada texts, there is a rarely taught practice of utilizing the Four Noble Truths to attain Twelve Insights that bring freedom and well-being. These insights prescribe a radically different way for us, with all of our vulnerability and fear, to engage with life just as it is and find joy even in the midst of suffering.

    In this four-day retreat, we will explore each of the Four Noble Truths in depth and learn how we can apply the insights of this teaching to our daily lives. The goal of this retreat is to discover how the Four Noble Truths become the Four “Ennobling” Truths.

    Each day will have periods of sitting and walking meditation along with Dharma talks, discussion, and Q&A.

    Aug
    14
    Sun
    Concentration Retreat @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    Aug 14 @ 9:30 pm – Aug 24 @ 4:30 pm

    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. Your ability to concentrate will develop in response to the attention you give it. This retreat offers a series of techniques for staying on the meditation object for extended periods of time. We will explore the factors of concentration that lead to the deep absorption states known as jhana. You will also be given instruction for utilizing concentration during insight practice.

    Sep
    16
    Fri
    ONLINE: Nine Bodies Insight Retreat
    Sep 16 @ 9:30 am – Sep 23 @ 4:30 pm

    The Nine Bodies Insight meditations and teachings presented in this online retreat offer a new method of practicing Insight meditation. We start with establishing mindfulness through the practice of arriving and then turn towards the consciousness of the physical body. Through a series of guided meditations, we will explore ever more subtle levels of consciousness. This map offers a means for tracking and classifying meditative experiences which can help you stay present with whatever arises. Moreover, this method of practice may increase the stability and clarity of your mindfulness and enable the arising of insight.

    This method integrates the Nine Bodies teachings on the nature of consciousness from Himalayan yoga master Premvarni Balyogi with Insight meditation dharma teachings.

    This retreat includes 3-4 detailed guided meditations per day, dharma talks, walking meditations, and small group meetings. Due to the progressive nature of these teachings, please plan to attend all teaching sessions.

    Oct
    5
    Wed
    Fall Insight Meditation Retreat @ Spirit Rock Meditation Center
    Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – Oct 14 @ 4:30 pm

    Beneath the fragmentation and pain of this time, something is rumbling deep in our minds. It is as if the tectonic plates are moving inside us, but we don’t know exactly where everything will land. How can we stabilize ourselves and leverage the moment to understand the Dharma more deeply and soften our hearts more fully?

    This Insight retreat will explore the power of goodness amidst the intensity of our human condition. The pāramīs serve to guide our hearts: generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, resolution, lovingkindness, and equanimity. These forces of goodness do not erase suffering, but guide us towards wisdom and compassion.

    Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with a spirit of lovingkindness and silent sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, and small group practice meetings with teachers. This retreat is open to new and experienced meditators.