Visiting Teachers

Skilled and Compassionate Guidance Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center guided meditation retreats are led by the most skilled and capable teachers...

Cheryl Slean

Cheryl Slean has been practicing Insight meditation intensively since 1995, including hundreds of days of silent retreat. She was authorized to teach in 2007, and has taught classes and residential retreats worldwide at Insight Community of the Desert, Seattle Insight, Against the Stream, Secular Dharma Foundation, New Life Foundation and others. In the secular mindfulness world, Cheryl has a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA and has taught at many health & wellness, addiction recovery and business settings as well as online with Mindful Schools. Cheryl is also a writer, filmmaker and climate advocate, and is currently Manager of Sustainability and Storytelling at Netflix.

Events with Cheryl Slean

Waking up to Wisdom through the Foundations of Mindfulness
September 4 - 11, 2022

During this 7-day Insight meditation retreat, we will learn to develop a greater sense of presence and ease through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma. Focusing on the practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Metta (Lovingkindness), we’ll discover emotional balance and begin to free ourselves into the heart of wisdom and compassion. Each day includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, interviews and group process, integrated with time to explore the beautiful wilderness setting. Through meditative insight, we see clearly that our thoughts and emotions don’t need to define or control us. In their greatest capacity, they can…