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Insight Meditation Retreat


  • Boulder Creek, CA - Vajrapani Institute 19950 Kings Creek Road Boulder Creek, CA, 95006 United States (map)

Five-Day Retreat

This five-day residential retreat will explore the practice of Insight Meditation and the liberating effect of moment-to-moment mindfulness. As a residential course, this retreat provides a valuable opportunity to deepen the skills of awareness and to cultivate a resilient heart. Together, we will seek balance and freedom within the flow of change. The teachers will offer guidance in developing attitudes of mind that support relaxation, courageous inquiry, and an authentic encounter with one’s own heart.

This silent retreat is open to all levels of experience and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Qi Gong, small group interviews, dharma talks and question/answer sessions.

Insight Meditation Retreat: Vajrapani 2019

Cost: Housing + Donation to teachers*
* (offered at the end of the retreat)

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About the Teachers

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Oren Jay Sofer

Oren Jay Sofer teaches workshops and retreats on meditation and communication nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing for healing of trauma, and is a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication. Oren is also the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

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Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, is a member of the Guiding Teachers Executive Group and Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. For more than a decade, he taught for Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center about the intersections between mindfulness and mental health. Matthew has a background in research on addiction pharmacotherapy and is interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science. He is the co-author, with Oren, of two forthcoming books on mindfulness for adolescents.

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