This annual retreat aims to provide a space to reconnect with beginner's mind - our natural capacity to see through expectations and prejudice and respond to our inner and outer worlds with gentle curiosity and wisdom. People with many years of experience as well as actual beginners are invited to give your practice a refreshing boost, surrounded by the quiet, natural beauty of the Santa Cruz mountains. Meditating together and supporting each other, away from our usual schedule, gives us the chance to go deeper and refresh our perspective on life.
Each day will begin and end quietly with meditation. Mid morning and afternoon sessions will include instruction and guided, mindful dialogue. Weather permitting we plan to spend a fair amount of time outside in nature.
All activities are optional and while we invite you to enjoy the flow of the schedule and stretch your comfort zone just a little, we also encourage you to listen to your body and participate in whatever way is most helpful.
Food Work Periods
Vegan food (with some eggs and dairy options) and simple menus are provided and cooking and cleaning are shared by everyone on the retreat. If you have a preference please let us know in advance.
Jikoji is a beautiful place and there will be time to explore the area, hike up to the ridge, and/or just relax and enjoy the surroundings.
There will be meditation without instruction in the morning and evening so if you have not taken one of our meditation courses we recommend dropping in to one or two of our Thursday 7pm classes. Contact us for more information.
The deposit to reserve a place is $100. The full amount is a sliding scale: $265-$200. Paying the higher end of the scale helps those who need a lower rate. Please pay what you feel you can afford within this range. If you are unable to come because of money please contact us as we are sometimes able to offer reductions.
A bowl for optional dana for the retreat leaders will be available at the retreat. (SFBC teachers are volunteers - all fees go to support running costs.)
To register enter the amount you wish to pay now in the box below and click + Add to Cart. At the end of your registration you will have the option to choose pay by paypal to pay now, or choose pay later to pay later or by another method (eg check). If you are part of the team leave the donation amount blank and choose pay later.