Developing a Reliable Refuge

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • Nov 18 - 23, 2018 (6 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

We are always taking refuge in something. For most, it is seeking safety and happiness in material things and sensual pleasures. During this holiday of American Thanksgiving week, there is so much pressure to be with family and friends. For some, family has been a refuge. For others, family has been a source of great difficulty. Those of us who have seen the truth that our happiness will never come from outside ourselves begin to seek a reliable internal refuge — a way of practice and lifestyle that supports being wise and compassionate. In Buddhism this is called taking refuge in our own potential for awakening (Buddha), the path that leads to awakening (dharma), and the community that supports us on the path (sangha).

In this workshop, participants will be taught the core teachings of the Buddha's Four Noble Truths. They also will be guided in meditation practices and will have the opportunity to formally commit or recommit to the path of awakening.

There will be a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner in the Esalen Lodge.



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Why Retreat?

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Balance my life to be mentally and physically healthy. Dianna

Retreat Guru's Vision

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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