Visiting Teachers

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

René Rivera

René Rivera is a meditation teacher, restorative justice facilitator, and leader, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a queer, latinx, trans man. René teaches heart-centered, trauma-informed meditation, at the East Bay Meditation Center and other meditation centers. He has co-led the first residential meditation retreats for transgender, nonbinary and gender expansive people. René is a restorative justice facilitator for the Ahimsa Collective, working to heal sexual and gender based violence.

Events with René Rivera

Application for Restoring Connection: A LGBTQIA2S+ Community Dhamma Retreat in Nature
September 1 - 7, 2024

Join us for a six-night silent retreat in LGBTQIA2S+ community on the beautiful land of Vallecitos. Supported by the natural world, the Dhamma, practice and each other, we will reconnect with our belonging and essential goodness as LGBTQIA2S+ people. We will ground in the elements as a way to understand our nature and wholeness. We will offer Dhamma talks, meditation, guided exploration on the land, heart-centered practices, and chanting. These practices will be offered mostly outdoors, in a container of silence and nurturing spaciousness, making the way for us to reconnect with ourselves, nature, as well as deepen our connection…