Insight Meditation (Vipassana) Retreat: A Path to Happiness

Mar 17 - 19, 2017


How present are you in 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. 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, primarily in silence, to open to the true happiness and peace that is available within ourselves. There will be systematic meditation instructions, silent sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks and practice interviews. For both beginning and experienced meditators.

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James Baraz

James Baraz

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.

Jane Baraz

Jane Baraz

Jane Baraz, MA, MA in Psychology, has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1976 when she began sitting vipassana retreats. She was on the Spirit Rock Board of Directors for 8 years, helped start the Spirit Rock Family Program, completed the Dedicated Practitioner's Program and is currently in the Heavenly Messengers Program. Jane teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She's also a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), which she teaches at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland and privately in Berkeley. Jane enjoys teaching Awakening Joy workshops with her husband, James Baraz, in California and internationally.


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(including tuition, meals, lodging, and facilities use)

Housing TypeCost
Commuting (Day use, meals & facilities)$373
Own Van$403
Own Tent$403
Dormitory (4-7 to a room)$461
Triple (3 to a room)$483
Double (2 to a room or cabin)$505
Double with Bath (2 to a room)$531
Single (1 to a room or cabin)$571
Single with Bath (1 to a room)$623

Program Notes

  • A deposit of $100 is required with registration. Balance is due upon arrival.
    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.