Compassion in Action

About us

Our world seems to be increasingly influenced by speed, materialism, and aggression. Many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless, wondering how we can make a difference. Compassion in Action is an opportunity to reconnect with our best intentions and engage in practices to develop compassion and resiliency. Relaxing our minds in meditation, we’ll cultivate a firm foundation from which to open to our own experiences of suffering and reclaim the tenderness of our hearts—the wellspring of love and happiness. Together we’ll explore how connecting with this innate sense of compassion in yourself and others prepares you to empower and uplift your relationships and communities.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, Lovingkindness and, Real Love, her newest release by Flatiron books.

Acharya Fleet Maull

Acharya Fleet Maull, PhD, is an author, meditation teacher, social entrepreneur and activist working for peace, prison reform and social transformation. He is the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute, National Prison Hospice Association and Windhorse Seminars and cofounder of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, the Mindful Justice Initiative and the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. He is a senior Dharma teacher in both the Shambhala Buddhist and Zen Peacemaker traditions and leads meditation retreats, bearing witness retreats, activist and leadership trainings and prison programs worldwide. He is author of Dharma in Hell, The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull, and the forthcoming book Radical Responsibility.

Rhonda Magee

Rhonda Magee, MA (Sociology), JD, is Professor of Law and former Co-Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of San Francisco. She is also Chair of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, a member of the Project for the Integration of Spirituality, Law and Politics, and a contributor to At USF, she teaches Contemplative Lawyering, Immigration Law, Insurance Law, Race Law and Policy, and Torts. She is an expert in Contemplative Pedagogy, Race Law, Identity-Sensitive Pedagogy, Critical Race Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Immigration. In 2015, Rhonda was named a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.



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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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