August 10 - 12, 2018

Registration opens July 25 and closes August 8

Friday PM - August 10  ||  7-9pm Pacific10pm-12am Eastern
Breath Focus: Advanced Perspective on a Basic Practice

Leader: Shinzen Young
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $10 per person 

Breath focus is often thought of as an elementary starter practice. But with a proper understanding, it can lead all the way to Enlightenment. On the other hand, it can sometimes become a dead end, producing calm but failing to bring deep insight and purification. The purpose of this retreat is to sample several breath techniques. In that process, you will learn how each technique can bring insight and purification as well as concentration. 

In preparation for this program, please:


Saturday AM - August 11  ||  8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Going Deeper into Auditory Experience

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person

You will be guided through several exercises designed to hone and strengthen your ability to work with auditory experience.

  • Just Hear: Work with all auditory
  • Hear In: Detect the presence or absence of mental talk
  • Hear Out: Anchor in the Now of physical
  • Hear Rest: Enjoy inner and outer auditory rest
  • Hear Flow: Explore the dynamic side of auditory
  • Hear Good: Work with a positive mindful mantra.

In preparation for this program, please:

  • Read See Hear Feel: An Introduction
  • Read from Five Ways to Know Yourself:
    • Chapter 1, Part 2, Hear In, p. 22
    • Chapter 2, Part 2, Hear Out, p. 30
    • Chapter 3, Part 2, Hear Rest, p. 36
    • Chapter 4, Part 2, Hear Flow, p. 53
    • Chapter 8, Part 2, Focus on Hear, p. 93
    • Chapter 5, The Way of Human Goodness, pp. 67-73

 


Saturday PM - August 11  ||  1-5pm Pacific / 4-8pm Eastern
Self Enquiry

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Theme
Prerequisites: Some experience with Note Everything (i.e. 'See, Hear, Feel').
Fee: $20 per person 

In this program, we’ll explore a fundamental meditation strategy that has been discovered and re-discovered many times, and in many cultures – how to turn awareness back on itself to find the true Witness, i.e. pure consciousness.   The techniques you’ll learn here represent Shinzen’s re-working of traditional practices such as those associated with Advaita and certain forms of Zen. You’ll learn how to turn attention back 180 degrees to question who sees, who hears, who feels

In preparation for this program, please:


Sunday AM - August 12  ||  5-9am Pacific / 8am-12pm Eastern
Be Good

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $20 per person

In this program, we will explore working with the realm of archetypes. This is related to such diverse practices as Tibetan “Deity Yoga” and the traditional Catholic rosary.  Ordinarily, image space, talk space and emotional body space randomly fluctuate.  With the ‘Be Good’ practice, you selectively attend to image, talk and body emotion that are directly related to a personal ideal of goodness.  As your concentration improves, you’ll begin to identify with that ideal. This simultaneously achieves the two central goals of contemplative practice: transcending yourself and refining yourself.  It’s transcendence because you gain insight into the arbitrary nature of the self-identification process.  It’s refinement because the way you do that strengthens positive tendencies within you.

Be Good is one of the four core techniques in the 'Positivity' family.  The other members of the family are See Good, Hear Good, Feel Good.

In preparation for this program, please:


Sunday PM - August 12  ||  10am-2pm Pacific / 1-5pm Eastern
Feel Great!

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Special Offering
Prerequisites: Previous experience with at least one f the following techniques: Feel Rest, Auto Move and Feel Good Emotion.
Fee: $20 per person

In this program, we’ll explore the interplay of three techniques that tend to create immediate pleasure rewards in your

  • Feel Rest – Find and/or create somatic rest
  • Feel Bounce (aka, Auto Move) – Tune into spontaneity as you walk, move, dance in daily life
  • Feel Good (aka Nurture Positive Body Emotion) - Create and hold pleasant emotional sensations in the body.

In preparation for this program, please: