Family Retreat LOTTERY
- Spirit Rock
- 5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Box 169, Woodacre, CA 94973, United States
- Aug 1 - 5, 2018 (4 days)
- sliding scale, speak to venue for details
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 10:00am – Sunday, August 5, 1:00pm
Cost: Adult Sliding Scale $1340 – 610; Child Sliding Scale $880 – 400; plus DANA to teachers & staff. Code 378R18.
The lottery is now closed. Please fill out a wait list application if you are interested.
All applicants will be notified by email of their status in late April. Please refrain from calling before this deadline. If you are selected in the lottery, you will be sent an email with special instructions on how to register and pay your retreat fees. If you end up on a waiting list, you will be notified of your position on the list.
This popular retreat will include family activities, young people’s groups, a parent program and free time. Dharma activities include songs, stories, skits, games, art, time on the land, a campfire, council practice, parent discussions, meditation for all and dharma talks. The Family Retreat is a true retreat experience that brings us face-to-face with our own experience and may bring up deep emotions. At least one parent/caregiver in each family needs to have sat one or more silent retreats or the equivalent.
We also include admission of Spirit Rock Family Program Council members to the family retreat in honor of their service and to enhance the retreat experience for others.
Additionally, we have found that because the family retreat is a true retreat experience that brings us face to face with our own experience and may bring up deeply felt emotions, at least one parent/caregiver in each family needs to have sat one or more silent residential retreats or equivalent retreat experience. If you do not have this experience, please check Spirit Rock’s website at www.spiritrock.org for a list of upcoming retreats; we welcome you to apply for registration for any of our residential retreats.Source: calendar.spiritrock.org
Venue HighlightsSpirit 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.
AccommodationsThe 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.
DirectionsGetting 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.
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