Retreats

Retreats are especially meaningful because they’re when most students experience breakthroughs in their meditation practice.

Our retreats—which integrate Vipassana and Zen—offer an opportunity for new and experienced students to drop deep into silence, mature their meditation practice, and wake up in a way that will never be achieved just by drinking coffee! They’re also where people build strong friendships and a sense of community.

I work most closely with students during retreats. At the beginning, everyone follows the same meditation instructions, but by the end of the retreat, after receiving focused, individual support, everyone practices something tailored specifically to them.

Silent retreats are held four times annually (with other semi-silent retreats sometimes added to the schedule) in exceptionally beautiful international settings with accommodations and delicious, vegetarian meals provided. I encourage students who would like ongoing personal support to come to at least one retreat a year. Retreats offer an important way to form connections with me and allow you to grow into the community.

Retreats include:

  • clear meditation instructions
  • daily lectures
  • at least one private meeting with me
  • support from the Dharma Teachers-In-Training
  • a vital, community environment
  • time to be still together
  • time to be solitary and silent.

Browse the retreats below to explore what each uniquely offers—for example, whether it’s held at an organic farm on an island in the Pacific Ocean, or at an old mill along a lazy river in a rural French town. Some retreats even include movement classes with guest teachers.

  • Settling The Mind & Waking Up The Body

    March 24, 2017 1:30 pm
    Willard
    Wisconsin
    United States

    Develop a meditation practice that’s grounded in the body. Discover the non-conceptual nature of the mind, deep settling of the body, and the support of community. You will experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation in the context of a retreat. The retreat will include periods of silence, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a slow and […]

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  • Zen Hiking: An Alpine Retreat

    June 23, 2017 9:00 am
    Keremeos
    British Columbia
    Canada

    A retreat into the wilderness to deepen a sense of interconnectedness with all of life. Together we will explore what the Buddha taught through alpine hiking, meditation, and other contemplative practices while we experience the vastness of the alpine and support we create together in camp life.

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  • Running with a Meditative Mind

    July 16, 2017 9:00 am
    Cortes Island
    British Columbia
    Canada

    with Michael Stone & Marilyn Arsenault Hosted by Hollyhock Cortes Island, BC   Find out more

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  • Eight-Day Silent Meditation Retreat in France

    August 6, 2017 1:00 pm
    Le Maine
    Cubjac
    24640
    France

    Le Moulin de Chaves is a centuries-old mill, at the curve of a lazy river in the rural French town of Cubjac. The mill was once a Zen centre and is now a retreat centre where we practice in silence for eight days. Join us for a silent meditation retreat integrating the techniques of Vipassana with […]

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  • Eight-Day Silent Meditation Retreat on Salt Spring Island

    September 10, 2017 1:00 pm
    190 Reynolds Road
    Salt Spring Island
    British Columbia
    Canada
    V8K 1Y2

    Join us for an 8-day silent meditation retreat on Salt Spring Island. Silent retreats provide an opportunity to drop deep into silence, mature your meditation practice, and touch your awakened nature.

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