Spirit Rock Newsletter
Welcome to the
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from Spirit Rock!
We hope you enjoy this new source of teachings, news, and events at Spirit Rock. We would love to hear your ideas for making it better!


Retreats with room
Find  the latest news about available retreats.
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Deadline extended
for the Dedicated Practitioners' Program

Applications will now be accepted until Oct.22.
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Scholarship from The Yoga Dana Foundation

Two yoga teachers will get full tuition scholarship to 18-month MYMT Program
(Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training)
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Lovingkindness Is Mindfulness:
An Interview with Sylvia Boorstein
Sylvia BoorsteinThe following interview was conducted by Walt Opie, Communications Editor, on August 18 at Spirit Rock.

Spirit Rock: What's new and exciting to you at this point in your life and your teaching career?

Sylvia Boorstein: I began practicing in 1977, so that's now 33 years ago. That's almost half my life. And I've thought many times, "Now I really get it, what we're doing." Then some time later I would think, "Now I really get it, what we're doing." Later on I would think, "You know I used to think I knew, but now I really, really get what it means about liberation."

This Weekend
The Practice of Loving Presence (in Relationships)     
David Richo
Saturday, October 9, 10 am - 4 pm
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Birthing the Wise Elder - Invitation to a New Stage of Life

Anna Douglas, Naomi Newman
Sunday, October 10, 9:30 am - 5 pm
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Upcoming events and classes
6-Week Intro to Insight Meditation Class (Thurs, Oct 7 - Nov 11)
Tempel Smith
This class series will focus on the practice of Insight Meditation (Vipassana). It will include guided and silent meditation, as well as generous opportunities for sharing, questions and discoveries about the actual practice of meditation. Young Adults (18-26) are invited to attend this class series for a reduced rate.
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The Heart of Awakening (Saturday, Oct 16)     
with Will Kabat-Zinn and Martina Schneider
The Buddha taught that true happiness cannot be found through the acquiring of objects or experiences, but is already here as the ever-present ground of our own ordinary experience.
When we stop seeking peace and satisfaction where it cannot be found, in accumulating and becoming, we naturally begin to recognize and relax into what we truly are.
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Family Practice Day: Kind Awareness (Sunday, Oct 17)
with Howard Cohn, Rebekkah LaDyne & Betsy Rose (music)
Family Days are an opportunity to spend the day connecting with your children, yourself and a community of supportive peers. Come and open your heart!
Join us for a day focusing on Kind Awareness--making friends with your thoughts.
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Also coming soon:

2010 Young Adult Retreat
Young adult retreat
The Hard Things That Open the Heart (Saturday, Oct 23)
with James Baraz, Rick Hanson
and Richard Mendius

The Joy of Letting Go
(Sunday, October 24)
with James Baraz & Jane Baraz

Stilling the Mind, Opening the Heart:
A Day for the LGBTIQ-SGL Communities (Saturday, Oct 30) 

with Rev. Myo Denis Lahey & Arinna Weisman

"In the Seeing".. .The Art of Buddha/dharma
Past and Present
(Sunday. Oct 31)
with Joan DePaoli

See our website Calendar for details.
Special Benefit Event
15th Annual 108 Blessings Dinner: Happiness and Joy       
Wednesday, November 3, 6 - 10 pm
Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Boorstein, James Baraz
San Francisco
Benefit for the Spirit Rock Scholarship FundCandles
This event is a long standing tradition within the Spirit Rock community and all proceeds benefit the Spirit Rock Scholarship Program. The evening's format includes salon style discussions, gourmet appetizers, dinner, desserts and fine wines. Early registration is encouraged. The theme of this year's event is: Happiness and Joy. Individual tickets are $250. To sponsor, support or purchase tickets, please contact Tony Daniel at (415) 488-0164 x 231 or email to tonyd@spiritrock.org.
Volunteer at Spirit Rock
VolunteersEver wondered how to get more involved at Spirit Rock? Looking to build community with other dharma practitioners?
Join the volunteer sangha at Spirit Rock! Volunteering is a great way to make dharma friends while deepening your practice. We invite you to offer your talents and skills to contribute to the vitality and growth of your dharma home. Your volunteer service also helps offset the registration fee for many of our events and classes.
To learn more, visit our Volunteer page  or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteering@spiritrock.org or (415) 488-0164 x237. For a full list of upcoming volunteer needs, please click here .
Got Dharma Friends?
In the spirit of sangha, Spirit Rock is increasing its efforts to connect people to Dharma Friends/Kalyana Mitta groups and we want you to join us! We're looking for group members, facilitators and hosts. Dharma friend groups sustain, enrich and challenge our spiritual lives and create connection and a support system.
For more information about these groups, check out the Dharma Friends/Kalyana Mitta website or call the Kalyana Mitta/Dharma Friends infoline at (415) 488-0164 x 325.