How present are you for your own life? Most of us spend more time worrying about the future, replaying the past, or lost in fantasy, than experiencing what life is offering to us right now. The present moment is where we can most directly be intimate with our life – touched by beauty and intimacy, while learning through the difficult lessons how to open our hearts. Mindfulness (or vipassana meditation) is the practice described by the Buddha for developing wisdom, compassion, and peace by learning to be mindful of what is actually happening in the present moment. This weekend is a traditional Insight meditation (Vipassana) retreat, done primarily in silence, with the practice theme of opening to the true happiness and peace that is available within ourselves. The Buddha was called The Happy One. The primary aim of his teaching is to point people to the highest happiness. There will be systematic meditation instructions, silent sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and practice interviews. Suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.
Video interview of James Baraz about his Awakening Joy Course.
NOTE: None of the tuition goes to the teacher, who is supported entirely by voluntary donations (dana).
JAMES BARAZ has been teaching meditation since 1978 and is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He leads retreats, workshops and classes in the U.S. and abroad. James is co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness (Bantam), a book based on the popular Awakening Joy online course he has been leading since 2003.
- Continuing Education Credit for nurses.
- Fulfills the spiritual practice prerequisite for John F. Kennedy University's Graduate School for Holistic Studies.
(including tuition, meals, lodging, and facilities use)
|Commuting (Day use, meals & facilities)||$214|
|Mount Madonna Center Tent||$256|
|Dormitory (4-7 to a room)||$296|
|Triple (3 to a room)||$318|
|Double (2 to a room or cabin)||$338|
|Double with Bath (2 to a room)||$362|
|Single (1 to a room or cabin)||$400|
|Single with Bath (1 to a room)||$450|
- A deposit of $100 is required with registration. Balance is due upon arrival.
- CANCELLATION or CHANGE in REGISTRATION
Deposits are non-refundable and are not transferable to another person. For cancellations received at least 2 weeks before the program starts, the deposit less a $50 fee will be credited to any other program within one year. No credit is available for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the program start date, for no-shows, or for leaving an event early. Housing changes incur a $20 change fee.
- Registration check-in for this program is from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
- Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 pm on Friday and 5:00-6:00 pm on other days.
- If you will be arriving late, please ask us to save a dinner for you.
- Orientation begins at 7:00 pm.
- The program will end at 1:00 pm on the final scheduled day.