Meditating on the Nine Bodies

  • Spirit Rock Spirit Rock
  • 5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973, United States
  • May 29 - Jun 3, 2018 (5 days)
  • sliding scale, speak to venue for details

About us

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 3:00pm – Sunday, June 3, 11:30am

Cost: Sliding Scale $1255 – $570, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 360R18.

This retreat has just filled, so the wait list is very short. Please submit an application if you are interested in being on the wait list.

Please note: Young Adult and People of Color Scholarship funding is still available for this retreat.


Retreat Description:

Prerequisite: Completion of one 5- to 7-night silent Vipassana retreat and an active meditation practice for at least three years.

Required Advance Reading: Chapter 1-6 in Awakening in the Nine Bodies: Explorations in Consciousness for Yoga and Mindfulness

As a support for Insight meditation, the Nine Bodies teachings offer you a new means for tracking and classifying meditative experiences, which can help you stay present with whatever arises. These explorations may also increase the clarity and specificity of your mindfulness and enable the arising of insight. The retreat will start by focusing on the consciousness that arises in the physical body and then presents a series of meditations for exploring ever more subtle levels of consciousness. These teachings and meditation are not presented as an alternative to Insight Meditation but rather, to help you be more empowered in your Insight Meditation practice. The retreat will cover how to utilize the nine bodies while practicing with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and other key Buddhist teachings.

This retreat systematically explores a set of teachings about the nature of consciousness that were first transmitted to Phillip Moffitt by the Himalayan yoga master Sri Swami Premvarni Balyogi almost twenty years ago. They are the basis for Phillip Moffitt’s new book: Awakening through the Nine Bodies. Twice offered as a non-residential retreat, these teachings are being offered for the first time as a residential retreat here.

The format for the retreat will include sitting and walking practice and also a significant amount of background information and detailed instructions about the practices due to the subtle nature of this material.

This retreat is not recommend for students who are experiencing acute depression or grief, or other strong mental challenges. All practice discussions will be groups rather than individual one to one meetings.

Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early.

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Also remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.

Source: calendar.spiritrock.org

Venue Highlights

Spirit Rock's residential retreat accommodations offer comfort and simplicity. Located on 411 acres in rural west Marin, 30 miles north of San Francisco, we invite you to experience an ideal natural setting for reflection and contemplative practice, surrounded by gentle hills and expansive views.

Residential retreats are held in the upper area of the Spirit Rock campus with separate buildings for dining, meeting and sleeping. Most retreats are conducted in silence—and silence is honored by all in these buildings during a retreat. Although the buildings are a short walk from each other, there is a slope from the dining room to the residences and to the meditation hall. We have personal scooters available if the steep hill is a challenge.

Spirit Rock offers housing for 96 retreatants, teachers and the staff who support our retreats. No camping is allowed on the campus. Sleeping accommodations are housed in four, two-story residence halls, named for the Four Brahmaviharas (or Divine Abodes)—Metta, Karuna, Mudita and Upekkha. These simple, comfortable buildings house both single and double rooms. Room dividers are available for double rooms to allow for more privacy if desired. Each room has its own sink and mirror, electrical outlets, shelving and hangers for belongings, a nightstand, reading light and folding chair. Most rooms offer a pleasant view of the surrounding hills or forest.

Accommodations

The weather in northern California is temperate during most of the year, allowing for comfortable sleeping and meditation. During the winter, the residential housing is comfortably heated.

A pillow, blanket and bedspread are provided. You may bring a sleeping bag or your own bed linens for a twin-sized bed, a pillow case, and towel set, if convenient. For those travelling from afar or by airplane, linens (sheets and towel sets) are available onsite for you to borrrow during the retreat at no charge.

Bathroom facilities—including toilets and showers—are shared on each floor. There are individual stalls for privacy. Spirit Rock does not provide rooms with private bathrooms, although a private bathtub is available on the 1st floor of each building for those with special needs.

Directions

Getting Here Via Public Transportation
You would first need to get to the San Rafael Transit Center. From central San Rafael, take the West Marin Stage Coach to Woodacre in the San Geronimo Valley. Visit Marin Transit for their schedule or call 415-526-3239.

Getting Here from the Airports
Spirit Rock is accessible from both the Oakland and San Francisco International Airports. Please allow at least 2 hours to get from either airport to Spirit Rock. Please call the bus or taxi companies for up-to-date scheduling and price information.

Shuttle/Taxi option:
From the San Francisco airport (SFO), take the Marin Airporter. From the Oakland airport (OAK), take the Sonoma County Airport Express. Get off at the San Rafael Transit Center (3rd and Hetherton). From the San Rafael Transit Center, it is a 20- to 25-minute taxi ride to Spirit Rock (approx $25 - $30). The driver of the Airporter will often call a taxi for you during the drive. There are usually taxis waiting at the Transit Center (except between 7:30-9 am and 1:30-3 pm on weekdays).

For door-to-door service to Spirit Rock from either airport, you can try any of the following:
Marin Door to Door - (415) 457-2717

Western Eagle Shuttle - (415) 342-6444

North Bay Taxi - (415) 258-2800

Marin Green Cab - (415) 258-9980

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