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


  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center 5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Woodacre, CA, 94973 United States

Teacher(s): Spring Washam, Bhante Buddharakkhita, Ruth King, Rolf Gates (yoga)

Date: Monday, June 26, 3:00pm - Sunday, July 2, 11:30am

Location: upper Retreat Hall

Cost: $330 - $150 sliding scale, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 278R17.

Register: Will open for registration on 2/28/2017

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. 

Open to self-identified people of color at all levels of meditation experience. All participants observe Noble Silence throughout the program. You will be asked to let go and refrain from all your communication and technology devices as well as to refrain from communicating with your fellow practitioners. In addition, participants will be required to attend the entire duration of the retreat; NO late arrivals, early departures or partial attendance. 

In addition to the registration fees, which only cover a portion of the retreat costs, you are invited to support the teachings and the retreat through the spiritual practice of Generous Giving or "Dana. Our communities' practice of generous support has sustained this retreat for 19 years, and is so greatly appreciated by all of our communities. 

Participants will be invited to offer Dana donations for the teachers, managers and cooks who otherwise are not compensated for their work. Our communities' practice of generous support has sustained this retreat for 19 years, and is so greatly appreciated by all of our communities. 

For more information about Hemera Foundation Scholarships: ONE scholarship allowed per person, per calendar year.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.