retreat

at the speed of creature,
in the center of time,
dropping fixation.



 

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a meditation, movement & contemplation retreat

  • This retreat is a refined, consciously-crafted container, upholding a clear and boundaried space into which you can enter as you are--  therein lies the potential for transformation and meaning for those who participate.  

It is grounded in a thoughtfully designed schedule that includes both structure and spaciousness.  These two qualities enables participants to feel well supported in the process of unbinding what is tangled.

 

Magic unfolds on retreats like this through the cooperation of an intentional and kind community, articulate and whole hearted teaching, and the energetic force of the practices themselves.  

  • Tucked between the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, this Southern California retreat will take place amongst the pines, chaparral and stars of these beautiful Cahuilla ancestral lands.

  • Daily Practices

    • lots of sitting & walking meditation​

    • chanting

    • yoga movement, breathing & energy practices

    • somatic inquiry practices

    • rest

    • dharma talks​​

    • communion with nature

    • technology-free experience; no phone zone

    • work practices to support the community while on retreat

    • noble silence, most of retreat 

      • sarah will offer support & teaching around entering, being in, and exiting silence practice​​

      • we enter silence together thursday night and exit silence together sunday morning

      • optional opportunities for intentional speaking & listening practices​​ throughout retreat

  • Additional supports ​​ 

    • zen housing accommodations - rustic and simple

      • communal living

        • small group housing accommodations ​

        • possible opportunity for individual housing (depending on enrollment totals)

    • clean, healthful meals

      • gluten free and vegan menu, with occasional additional options​ offered

      • tea, coffee and simple snacks available throughout the day

    • body self-treatment corner​

    • zafus (meditation cushions), zabutons (larger cushion base for the zafu), meditation benches & chairs available for use during meditation practices

      • please bring your own yoga mat and additional yoga props (more details upon registration)​

  • For whom:

    • all kinds of folx welcome, of all identities and backgrounds​

    • this retreat is open to all levels of practitioner, however is not appropriate for a brand new beginner practitioner

  • Payment & Dana Structure

 

The payment structure for this retreat is offered on a sliding scale.  We aim to make this retreat as financially accessible as possible and are interested in financial transparency.  Participants are encouraged to offer what they can with generosity and also without strain or regret.  Let’s bring heartfelt mindfulness to this financial exchange.

 

Each participant must pay a minimum base level of $310 to attend the retreat.  This cost covers payment to Yokoji Zen Mountain Center ($270 per person) + cost of additional supplies ($40 per person).  

 

Beyond this required base level, any additional payment directly supports Sarah for her administrative work and coordination of the event, as well as her teaching and facilitating while on retreat.  This aspect of your payments is part of the practice of dana, or generosity, in the realms of giving and receiving. 

 

Participants may choose from 5 tiers of payment options.  The amount in each tier is all-inclusive for the retreat (4-day/3-night) and covers housing, food, materials and teachings.

 

  • $310 - Foundational Roots Tier 

    • This tier covers the base level of required costs with no additional dana for Sarah.

 

  • $510 - Solid Trunk Tier

    • ​This tier includes the base level of required costs plus $50/day of dana to Sarah.

 

  • $710 - Outstretched Branches Tier. 

    • This mid level tier includes the base level of required costs plus $100/day of dana to Sarah.

 

  • $910 - Green Leaves Tier. 

    • This scholarship level tier includes the base level of required costs, plus $100/day of dana to Sarah, plus an additional $50/day as “scholarship” offerings to help supplement another participant who cannot afford to pay more than the base costs.

 

  • $1,110 - Blooming Flowers Tier

    • This benefactor level tier includes the base level of required costs, plus $100/day of dana to Sarah, plus an additional $100/day as “scholarship” offerings to help more generously supplement another participant who cannot afford to pay more than the base costs.

  • ​​Covid-19 

It is of great importance that each of us involved in this retreat do all that we can to protect the health of everyone attending, as well as the health of the ongoing residents, monastics and Abbot of Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, with whom we will share the grounds and meals during our stay there.

 

Please read the Covid-19 Policies and Procedures here carefully before registering.