July 14 - 16, 2017

Registration opens June 28 and closes July 7.

Friday PM - July 14  ||  5-7pm Pacific / 8-10pm Eastern
Transcendence - Part 1: Arising and Passing

Leader: Shinzen Young
Type of Program: Drill
Prerequisites: Previous experience with techniques of arising and passing.
Fee: $10 per person 

In this program, we’ll continue to explore a deep aspect of impermanence: "arising and passing" (i.e. start and gone).   This represents an approachable way to touch the formless perfection that precedes, follows, and pervades each sensory experience.

In preparation for this program,


Saturday AM - July 15  ||  5-9am Pacific / 8am-12pm Eastern
Mini Cross-Training

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Cross Training
Prerequisites: Previous experience with Note Everything, Auto Walk, Be Source and Feel Good.
Fee: $20 per person

In this program, we’ll work with four techniques:

  • Note Everything - Work with any and all sensory experience .
  • Auto Walk - Tune into spontaneity as you walk, move, dance,
  • Be Source – Focus on Arising & Passing or Expansion & Contraction
  • Feel Good (i.e. Nuture Positive Body Emotion) - Create and hold pleasant emotional sensations in the body.

In preparation for this program,


Saturday PM - July 15  ||  10am-2pm Pacific / 1-5pm Eastern
Introduction to Transcendence - Part 2: Expansion & Contraction

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

In this program, we’ll explore the theme of Expansion and Contraction.  Expansion and Contraction represent a continuous and spatial version of arising and passing.  Like arising and passing, it allows you to clearly contact the formless perfection that precedes, follows and pervades each sensory experience.

In preparation for this program,

Sunday AM - July 16  ||  8am-12pm Pacific / 11am-3pm Eastern
Trigger Practice

Leader: Shinzen Young 
Type of Program: Drill
Prerequisites: Previous experience with at least one mindfulness technique.
Fee: $20 per person

Trigger practice is a systematic and efficient way to train yourself to remain mindful in daily life.

People often report that they don’t get much emotional body sensation or visual thought during periods of formal practice. On the other hand, emotional body sensation and visual thinking are often activated by life situations. But when that happens, we usually have to take care of the life situation. Handling life situation requires time and energy, so it may be difficult to remain deeply mindful while taking care of business, especially if that business is emotionally charged.

So how can we train ourselves to be in our deepest state through the whole range of emotional flavors and thought patterns that come up in our daily life? One answer is Trigger Practice. During Trigger Practice, you control the type, intensity, and duration of stimulus you’d like to work with. Also, there’s no real life situation you need to respond to. So you can direct all your energy to reacting mindfully. As a result of this training, when things suddenly come up in daily life, you’ll find that you automatically go into a mindful response. This will reduce your suffering in unpleasant situations, increase your fulfillment in pleasant situations, and foster more effective behavior in all situations.

The basic structure of Trigger Practice is simple. You expose yourself to one or a combination of: sight, sound, or physical type body sensation . The stimulus might create a certain type of pleasant reactions (love, joy, interest…) or a certain type of unpleasant reaction (anger, fear, sadness, shame…). You can vary the type, intensity, duration, and frequency of the stimulation.  It’s like weight training.  You work against an edge but don’t overload yourself.

During and between the stimuli you have chosen, you apply a formal technique. The technique could involve turning toward your thoughts and emotions or it can involve turning away from your thoughts and emotions. You can turn towards the thoughts and emotions by using one of the techniques from the Focus In family. You can turn away from the thoughts and emotions using Focus Out, Focus on Rest, Focus on Flow, or Nurture Positive.

In preparation for this program, please:

  • Think ahead and prepare access to the stimuli you will use during this program. Most people find listening to sound from the TV/Internet with eyes closed to be the easiest way to do Trigger Practice but there are many other possibilities. You can trigger things through sight from the TV/Internet with the sound off, or through physical body sensations from a hot tub, workout, yoga, etc. See what patterns are interesting and productive for you. Consider having a timer nearby to stay on schedule.
  • Review what you’d like from Five Ways to Know Yourself manual

Sunday PM - July 16  ||  1-5pm Pacific / 4-8pm Eastern
The Power of Don't Know

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

In this retreat, we will explore how to utilize doubt, confusion, and indecision for psychospiritual growth.  Three cultures have independently discovered the power of “Don’t Know".

  • Ancient Greece, where this practice was referred to as epoche.
  • Tang Dynasty China, where it developed into kōan practice.
  • Medieval Christian Europe, where it was called docta ignorantia (which in Latin literally means “informed ignorance”).

Although it may seem paradoxical, suspending the need to know can lead to a new kind of knowing.  In the Buddhist tradition, that new kind of knowing is referred to as a prajña – the wisdom function.

In this retreat, Shinzen will take you through a systematic procedure to explore this theme.

In preparation for this program, please: