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The Buddha's Path to Freedom - The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
  (4 day series)

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MAY 28

Mark Coleman

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Wes Nisker 

Anna Douglas
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Sally Armstrong   
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Master Mingtong Gu

Wisdom Healing Qigong for Health and Happiness


Saturday & Sunday

May 7 - 8

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spring at spirit rock

Upcoming Retreats


May 29 - June 5 Meditation and Study Retreat

Living Dharma

(Recommended prior to signing up for a future Dedicated Practitioner Program)

Andrea Fella,
Anushka Fernandopulle, Tempel Smith 

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June 14-21

NEW! 8 Young Adult  

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Walking in Their Footsteps - Insight Meditation Retreat

 Larry Yang, Pam Weiss

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with space available.

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Retreat Calendar

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April 25 - August 1  

 Aging as Spiritual

Practice Class Series

   Anna Douglas,  

Sherry Anderson

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May 2-3

Two Day Non-Residential

Donald Rothberg, Heather Sundberg, Rebekkah Ladyne (yoga)
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May 22 

Chanting and Meditation:

Entering the Still and Boundless Heart

Jai Uttal,


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The rock
to the Spirit Rock

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Frank OstaseskiFrank Ostaseski:

In the soup together

The co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project and longtime Buddhist teacher will be co-leading a benefit on May 14 with Rachel Naomi Remen (see the announcement below). We recently interviewed Frank to find out how he was called to serve others, and how Buddhism influences his life and work.    


Honestly in the beginning I helped others to avoid my own pain. You know the strategy, I imagined if I helped someone whose situation was really awful mine might not seem so bad.
It worked for a while. At some juncture we have to stop, turn and face our own suffering. That is where we discover the real ground of compassionate action and true service. Now service is just one of the ways I love the world. I try not to make something special out of it. It's just simple human kindness...  


Benefit Event  
A life of service pictureA DAYLONG WITH

A special benefit day in the
upper Retreat Hall
Sat, May 14, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Rachel Remen and Frank OstaseskiLife calls us all to service. This day will include mindfulness practice, experiential exercises, storytelling, and group discussion to enable each of us to explore and embrace our own service more deeply. All proceeds from this day will benefit Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Metta Institute.
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Recipe for Jack Kornfield's Favorite Salad Dressing 
Hollyhock dressingHollyhock Dressing

This delicious dressing really does the trick for Jack Kornfield-he routinely requests that it be served with lunch every day while he is teaching here at Spirit Rock. It comes to us via the Insight Meditation Center cookbook, and originated at the Hollyhock Retreat Centre in British Columbia.
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Short Video Dharma Talk with Sally Armstrong 
Sally Armstrong video play

 Spirit Rock Co-Guiding Teacher Sally Armstrong shares a short talk entitled "Inner Cultivation, Outer Expression."   

Visit the new Spirit Rock Channel on YouTube.com and you'll find short talks by Sally and other Spirit Rock teachers. Click on the video frame to go to our channel.  

Kalyana Mitta (Dharma Friends)

Giedra Gershman and Melanie Speir, Dedicated Volunteers for the Kalyana Mitta program  


Would you like to practice awakening with a group of spiritual friends?   

Kalyana Mitta (dharma friends) groups bring together members of the dharma community to study and share practice experience in a friendly, supportive environment. These groups offer an intimacy not always available in larger sitting groups.


Thanks to the efforts of our wonderful Kalyana Mitta (KM) Volunteers
Giedra Gershman and Melanie Speir, connecting to existing KM groups and creating new ones is easier than ever.



New Ongoing Class: Working with Physical Challenges and Chronic Medical Conditions
Arinna WeismanLarry BerkelhammerWith Arinna Weisman and
Larry Berkelhammer
Thursday afternoons, 1:30-3:30pm
May 12, June 16 and July 14

This is a special opportunity for those of us working with physical and chronic medical conditions to come together in community and support each other.

We  will explore our strengths and capacity to meet what we find in our bodies and minds with love and presence and also build our skills to work with the common stories and energies of shame, judgment and despair. Each class may include guided meditations, dyad and/or group sharing.
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Become a Dedicated Volunteer
DianaAaronDiane Small-Hillier and
Aaron Clouden ,
Dedicated Volunteers

Our Dedicated Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for a select number of volunteers to commit to a volunteer position, serving four hours per week with a specific department for six months. In exchange for six months of service, each Dedicated Volunteer earns five residential retreat nights at Spirit Rock. Click here to learn more about the Dedicated Volunteer Program and the current open positions.  There are many other ways to volunteer with Spirit Rock, as well. For more information on general volunteering, please Click here.
News from the Kitchen: Fresh Bread at Spirit Rock  
We are now offering fresh homemade breads for those who attend residential retreats at Spirit Rock.

Vignesh Swaminathan (pictured above) is our new artisan bread baker. He was originally trained as a chef and baker at Tassajara Zen Monastery and has baked bread and practiced meditation at various retreat centers across the country, most recently at IMS in Barre, MA. Vignesh is preparing both traditional and gluten-free breads, all varieties made with mostly organic ingredients.