People of Color Sangha
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

People of Color Sangha

  • East Bay Meditation Center

All self identified people of color are invited to attend our weekly sangha. The evening includes 30 minutes of meditation, community and wisdom teachings. The People of Color Sangha is a growing tribe of people of color waking up and getting free!

Wisdom Rising - A Daylong for African American Women
May
6
9:30 am09:30

Wisdom Rising - A Daylong for African American Women

  • East Bay Meditation Center

Led by Alice Walker & Spring Washam. Join us for a very special daylong celebrating our beauty, strength and wisdom in a circle of sisters. This day will include poetry, meditation and sharing circles. Please bring a sacred object and a flower to share on our alter. We will be having a potluck lunch together so also bring a vegetarian dish to share. 

Still I Rise: An Insight Meditation Retreat for People of Color
Jun
26
Jul 2

Still I Rise: An Insight Meditation Retreat for People of Color

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Dharma practice offers us a way to develop a deep and abiding freedom beyond external conditions and changing circumstances. In this silent, intensive meditation retreat, we will be practicing sitting and walking meditation as well as cultivating mindfulness in our daily activities. Our practice will be supported by dharma talks, yoga practice, group meetings and Q & A with teachers. We will have a special focus on the theme of self love, healing and liberation. 

July Metta Retreat
Jul
5
Jul 14

July Metta Retreat

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness (Metta in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. Mindful presence and loving-kindness are essential to living a spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight and understanding.

Love Is The Answer - Daylong Retreat
Jul
30
9:30 am09:30

Love Is The Answer - Daylong Retreat

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

This is an excellent daylong for all those who feel energetically stuck in the past and are unable to break free and move forward. In this daylong we will focus on metta practice, self-compassion and forgiveness in order to let go. 

People of Color Sangha
Aug
3
7:00 pm19:00

People of Color Sangha

  • East Bay Meditation Center

All self identified people of color are invited to attend our weekly sangha. The evening includes 30 minutes of meditation, community and wisdom teachings. The People of Color Sangha is a growing tribe of people of color waking up and getting free!

Lotus Vine Journeys - Ancient Medicine & Buddhist Wisdom Retreat
Sep
1
Sep 14

Lotus Vine Journeys - Ancient Medicine & Buddhist Wisdom Retreat

  • PumaRinri Amazon Lodge

I have launched a new organization called, "Lotus Vine Journeys" where we offer a very unique retreat experience. Join me for a magical 14-day retreat that includes, plant based medicine, meditation and yoga. All Lotus Vine retreats are held at a beautiful eco-lodge outside of Tarapoto in Peru. The highest vision we hold for Lotus Vine Journeys is to help you free your heart and to remember who you truly are. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing retreat environment so that our guests can comfortably experience the healing powers of Ayahuasca in a traditional Amazonian setting. We will also be exploring the ancient wisdom of the Buddhist philosophy. We provide a loving and dedicated team of staff so that each guest can receive an accelerated spiritual, emotional, mental and physical cleanse of their entire system. The core of our work is deeply healing, transformative and life changing.

Location: PumaRinri Amazon Lodge, Tarapoto, Peru

Cost: 14 day Retreats (8 ceremonies): US $2,580 per person

For more information please email: info@lotusvinejourneys.com

For booking details please visit our website: www.lotusvinejourneys.com

I have witnessed many miracles over the last 8 years and it's time I shared this beautiful work with others. If you feel called please join me!

www.lotusvinejourneys.com

Embodied, Empowered, and Awake: A Women's Meditation and Movement Retreat
Sep
25
Oct 1

Embodied, Empowered, and Awake: A Women's Meditation and Movement Retreat

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Teacher(s): Spring Washam Anne Cushman, Debra Chamberlin Taylor, , Erin Selover, Kate Johnson (yoga)

Date: Monday, September 25, 3:00pm - Sunday, October 1, 11:30am

Location: Spirit Rock Meditation Center - upper Retreat Hall

Cost: $1475 - $670 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 300R17. Will open for registration on 5/24/2017

Details: "A women in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will go without pretense, and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself, and only herself."
-Maya Angelou 

How do we live balanced, embodied, meaningful lives amid the complexities of our lives as contemporary women? How do we meet our ever-changing bodies with acceptance, love, and a sense of humor? How do we respond wisely to our current social and environmental realities that call for our unique contribution? 

We all need nourishing spaces to slow down and listen to the wisdom of our bodies-so we can grow into the wise, wild, present, and joyful women that the world desperately needs. Join a diverse circle of women for a retreat that integrates a seamless flow of mindfulness meditation in both movement and in stillness. We will consciously create a nourishing space for women of all races, sizes, ages, sexual identities, religions and classes to dive into the depths of our individual and collective rivers. We'll honor the lineages of awakened women as we sit and move in a circle of sisters, grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. 

Seated meditation will alternate with periods of qigong, gentle yoga, and guided movement explorations--releasing habitual tension and returning us to the river of love, awareness, and wisdom that is our birthright. We learn to sustain an unbroken flow of embodied mindfulness in a durable and flexible way that translates directly to our daily lives. Through stilling the mind and moving the body freely, we awaken a well-spring of power and energy so we can return to the world as our full selves. All those who identify as women are welcome. 

 

 

Fall Insight Meditation Retreat
Oct
16
Oct 26

Fall Insight Meditation Retreat

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Teacher(s): Jack Kornfield, Trudy Goodman, Gina Sharpe, Spring Washam, Christiane Wolf, Alexis Santos, Teja Bell (qigong)

Date: Monday, October 16, 3:00pm - Thursday, October 26, 11:30am

Location: upper Retreat Hall

Cost: $3015 - $1370 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 306R17.

Register: Will open for registration on 5/16/2017

Details: This retreat will emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth of practice. Traditional meditation instruction will be combined with a spirit of loving-kindness and silent sitting, walking, dharma talks and practice meetings with teachers. 

 In the Presence of Love: Metta & Qigong Retreat
Dec
11
Dec 17

In the Presence of Love: Metta & Qigong Retreat

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Teacher(s): Spring Washam, Tempel Smith, Teja Bell (qigong)

Date: Monday, December 11, 3:00pm - Sunday, December 17, 11:30am

Location: upper Retreat Hall

Cost: $1475 - $670 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 320R17.

Register: Will open for registration on 8/8/2017

Details: This silent retreat will focus on cultivating the quality of loving kindness (metta in Pali), infusing our hearts, minds and bodies with a strong caring wisdom. Mindful presence and loving-kindness are essential to living a spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight and understanding. Loving kindness practices open the heart, allow a kind embrace of ourselves, and connects us intimately with all of life. The fusion of these qualities helps us to respond more compassionately to the challenges that we encounter in ourselves and in the world. 

Qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance (chi) or what has been translated as 'intrinsic life energy.' It recognizes, cultivates and nourishes the 'energy' aspect of our being. Qigong perfectly complements traditional sitting meditation practice and has a long and well-established history connected to contemplative traditions. 

On this retreat the Loving Kindness practices will be supported by periods of guided instruction as well as Qigong meditation, and regular meetings with the teachers. All are welcome to attend! 

New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat
Dec
27
Jan 3

New Year's Insight Meditation Retreat

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Teacher(s): Spring Washam, Eugene Cash, Pamela WeissAlexis Santos, Janice Clarfield (yoga)

Date: Wednesday, December 27, 3:00pm - Wednesday, January 3, 11:30am

Location: upper Retreat Hall

Cost: $2110 - $960 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 324R17.

Register: Before Registration Window

Details: This is a traditional Insight Meditation (vipassana) retreat with sitting and walking in silence, and regular meetings with teachers. Each day there will be systematic meditation instructions, dharma talks and gentle yoga. We will mark the turning of the year with a late evening sitting and simple ceremony on New Year's Eve. In celebration of the New Year, our focus will be on cultivating loving awareness and embracing each moment as fresh and new. All are welcome. 


Daylong Retreat - Letting Go of the Past
Apr
15
9:30 am09:30

Daylong Retreat - Letting Go of the Past

  • East Bay Meditation Center

Learning to let go and live in the moment is at the very heart of the spiritual path.  Everything can be summed up into these two words, “Let go”.  We long for serenity but this only comes from making peace with the past. To transform our lives we have to be willing to say goodbye to the old chains and prisons, and step into the light.

Lotus Vine Journeys - Ancient Medicine & Buddhist Wisdom Retreat
Mar
18
Mar 31

Lotus Vine Journeys - Ancient Medicine & Buddhist Wisdom Retreat

I have launched a new organization called, "Lotus Vine Journeys" where we offer a very unique retreat experience. Join me for a magical 14-day retreat that includes, plant based medicine, meditation and yoga. All Lotus Vine retreats are held at a beautiful eco-lodge outside of Tarapoto in Peru. The highest vision we hold for Lotus Vine Journeys is to help you free your heart and to remember who you truly are. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing retreat environment so that our guests can comfortably experience the healing powers of Ayahuasca in a traditional Amazonian setting. We will also be exploring the ancient wisdom of the Buddhist philosophy. We provide a loving and dedicated team of staff so that each guest can receive an accelerated spiritual, emotional, mental and physical cleanse of their entire system. 

The Fierce Heart of Women - Weekend Non Residential Retreat
Mar
11
Mar 12

The Fierce Heart of Women - Weekend Non Residential Retreat

All self-identified women are welcome. Feminine wisdom is on the rise everywhere, and yet many of us feel held back and unable to express our deepest truth. Now is the time to gather together to reclaim our traditions, our voices and our hearts. We are intentionally calling all mothers, sisters, daughters and grandmothers to join in creating a powerful council of women to not only laugh but also to cry and speak the truth of our sacred longings with one another. 

People of Color Sangha
Mar
2
7:00 pm19:00

People of Color Sangha

  • East Bay Meditation Center

All self identified people of color are invited to attend our weekly sangha. The evening includes 30 minutes of meditation, community and wisdom teachings. The People of Color Sangha is a growing tribe of people of color waking up and getting free!