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.


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