Retreats

Prices
  • Casita Supporting Rate – $962.50
  • Casita Actual Rate – $847.00
  • Casita Base Rate – $770.00
  • Yurt Supporting Rate – $962.50
  • Yurt Actual Rate – $847.00
  • Yurt Base Rate – $770.00
  • Tent Cabin Supporting Rate – $831.25
  • Tent Cabin Actual Rate – $731.50
  • Tent Cabin Base Rate – $665.00

Please note that outstanding balances will be automatically charged 30 days prior to your retreat. Please see our Registration Information to learn more.

Date & Time Details: Registration opens at 3:00 on the first day of the retreat. The retreat will close shortly after breakfast on the last day.

Price: We offer a sliding scale structure. Prices for this retreat range from $665-$962.50. (Learn more)

Dana: This is a dana based retreat. (Learn more)

Shuttle: Shuttle service is available for this retreat. (Learn more)

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Natural Wisdom and Compassion

With Alexis Santos and Steve Armstrong

September 1 - 8, 2017

During this weeklong retreat, we will explore and cultivate the practice of awareness that leads to liberation and well-being. There will be an emphasis on understanding “how to practice”  as taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. When the mind is supported by skillful knowledge and is unclouded by confusion, greed or negativity, reality is accurately recognized. We see that everything that appears is the natural display of impersonal conditions giving rise to their lawful effect. In the ease of noticing our own experience, moment by moment, the natural wisdom and compassion of the mind can blossom.

In support of this relaxed, continuity of awareness, the retreat schedule will  include periods of self-directed practice. Retreatants will have an opportunity to follow their own rhythm of sitting and walking practice.  It is through this relaxed, yet steadying awareness, that we come to understand the way things are.

This course is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned meditators.

Teachers

Alexis Santos
Alexis Santos has practiced insight meditation in India, Burma and the US since 2001, including several years as a Buddhist monk in Burma. A long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Alexis’ teaching emphasizes knowing the mind through a natural and relaxed continuity. He brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom and the qualities of the heart. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/IMS Teacher Training and can be found teaching retreats throughout the US and Europe.
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Steve Armstrong
Steve Armstrong began his dhamma practice in 1975 with senior Western teachers Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield. After 10 years of retreats and service, he travelled to Burma where he ordained for five years as the Buddhist monk, U Buddharakkhita, and practiced intensive vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) at the Mahasi Meditation Center in Yangon with Burmese monastics Sayadaws U Pandita (mindfulness, metta, vipassana), U Lakkhana (vipassana), U Jatilla (vipassana), and studied abhidhamma with U Zagara in Australia. Returning to the US in 1990, after disrobing to become a layman, he has led meditation retreats, including the annual…
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