Living a Mindful and Compassionate Life

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • Dec 16 - 21, 2018 (6 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

Awareness and love (metta) are essential and beautiful aspects of any spiritual life. Awareness as developed through mindfulness practice leads to clarity, insight, and understanding. Love opens the heart, allows a kind embrace of ourselves, and connects us intimately with life. The fusion of love and mindfulness supports a compassionate response to the pain that we encounter in ourselves and in life.

In this creative week of meditation practice, you can discover how these qualities are intimately related and mutually supportive, and why they are necessary in any journey of awakening in learning to live wisely and kindly in the world. We will draw guidance from the teachings and practices of the Buddha, and inspiration from the other great teachers and poets who beautifully expressed in words and actions the power of awareness and compassion in the world.

In this retreat there will be comprehensive meditation instruction for sitting and walking meditation, as well as talks, group discussions, and mindful movement. Suitable for beginning and experienced students.

Note: For one day midweek, the entire Esalen campus will be practicing noble silence, including time in and out of workshops, during meals, at the hot springs, and in the evenings. There will be an orientation on noble silence.

Source: www.esalen.org

Amenities

  • Restaurant

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Mind training for post-retreat life! Renate
 

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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