A Footprint of the Buddha: Samatha/concentration retreat
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The Mountain Hermitage is taking applications from experienced practitioners for this two-week samatha/concentration retreat. Guidance will be offered for the development and nurturing of deep concentration, leading toward Jhana in the lineage of Burmese meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw.
The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, and will consist of alternate periods of sitting and walking, instructions, dhamma talks, and individual practice interviews. Small group size at Hermitage retreats helps to create a more intimate experience and easier access to teachers.
Yogis will have exclusive use of the lodge and grounds at San Geronimo Lodge, which provide the privacy, quiet, and sense of harmony most conducive to intensive practice. All students will have a single room with private bath. Space is limited to 15 yogis; applications are necessary.
Marcia Rose is the founding and guiding teacher of The Mountain Hermitage. She has been studying and practicing Buddhist teachings and meditation with Asian and Western teachers since 1970, primarily in the Theravada-Vipassana tradition. Her own teaching reflects a clear influence from the Burmese Mahasi Vipassana and the Pa-Auk Forest Monastery lineages. Marcia also teaches Vipassana, Concentration, and Brahma Vihara retreats in US and international venues, and is dedicated to offering these ancient and timeless teachings in ways that make them accessible and authentic for contemporary culture.
Nikki Mirghafori was introduced to contemplative practices and yoga in the early 1980s. Since 2003 she has studied and practiced mainly in the Theravada tradition with renowned Western and Asian teachers. Her primary teacher, Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, authorized her to teach jhanas and vipassana in his lineage in 2008. She is in the teacher training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, has taught mindfulness courses, and is a certified mindfulness facilitator through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.
Sliding Scale Fee: (low) $1,625; (actual cost) $1,775; (benefactor) $1,925
Additional Scholarship support available – application required