Intention: In hosting retreats we are acting on the simple need to provide a neutral, effective, reasonably priced space for ourselves & other meditators, truth lovers and inquirers. To go more fully into silence and awareness than our daily schedule and routines usually allow, relaxing into a multiple day flow of "meditation" and inquiry, free of duties & distractions. Everything is taken care of so you can rest into your Self, in a relaxed natural setting. We have extensive experience in participating, planning and facilitating retreats at other centers and for other teachers, and here; we offer our own ever-evolving, integrative approach.
Practice or Awareness? When we use the word "meditation" we don't necessarily mean an effort to find some ideal of stillness, but an ongoing interest in aliveness - "what is", an intimacy with life. Inquiry into or resting in essential nature... an ever-unfolding journey of direct experience. Awakening... true nature or innate Buddha-Nature, effortless presence, the ground of being... is always and only in the now, however it is presenting at the moment. Awakeness can be enjoyed while sitting, walking, working, exercising or resting.
Retreats are in addition to our WEEKLY meetup in Soquel (east side of Santa Cruz), offered for many years (at Shelley's Fitness) in which we have a lightly led (or silent) meditation period followed by a group inquiry, dialogue, exercise or a guest presentation/ program activity. Mondays 7:15 - 8:45 PM You may RSVP here: