Workshops with Frank Ostaseski
MEDITATION & INQUIRY
July 12-16, 2017
Bay Area Residential Retreat with Frank Ostaseski
This annual meditation retreat is an invitation to both deepen your meditation practice and develop an on-going practice relationship with the teacher Frank Ostaseski. Enrollment in this retreat to a maximum of 36 participants.
Retreat Times & Dates:
The retreat will begin at 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 12 and finish at 12:00pm on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Participants are welcome to arrive by 3pm on the first day.
In this retreat, we will engage in formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as the practice of inquiry.
Our primary practice will be Mindfulness Meditation a simple technique that has been developed over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath, the practice concentrates and calms the mind and body. It allows us to see through the mind's conditioning and free ourselves of habitual behaviors thereby allowing us to live more fully present in this moment.
Inquiry is an interactive practice done in dyads or triads where we practice mindful presence in speaking and listening while investigating our immediate experience. Inquiry is a process that helps us explore the obscurations to contact with our more essential nature through a dynamic questioning, observing and feeling.
This retreat is held in silence except for the inquiry sessions and interviews with the teacher. Our days will include scheduled periods of sitting and walking meditation and mindful movement to help us connect body, mind and heart. The retreat will also include meditation instruction, teachings, small group interviews, inquiry exercises, and discussions.
Basic Guidelines for Participation in this Retreat:
Priority is given to applicants who meet these basic criteria.
- Previous participation in a residential program with the teacher
- Commitment to sustain a regular meditation practice
- Expressed interest in maintaining on-going practice relationship with the teacher
- Expressed interest in participation in post retreat "Dharma Dialogue" telephone conferences during the year following the retreat (separate cost and registration process).
We anticipate this retreat will fill quickly. We encourage you to apply early. Anyone wishing to attend the retreat must complete an online registration form. Full payment is required on registration to secure your place in the retreat.
$795.00 per person includes shared accommodations, 11 meals and an honorarium for the teacher. Full payment is required on acceptance. Participants will be asked to make a traditional donation (dana) to support the retreat managers for their generous efforts both before and during the retreat.
Retreat Site & Accommodations
The retreat will be held at the Ralston White Retreat Center located on 43 acres on the eastern slope of the majestic Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, CA. It is approximately 30 miles north of the San Francisco Airport. The center has two floors of large dormitory style rooms (3-4 people to a "room area") and four semi-private (two-person) rooms. These are all on the second and third floors. There is no elevator. Disabled participants will be accommodated on the first floor. Men and women will be accommodated in separate dorm rooms. Dorm beds are selected on a first come first served basis. Retreat Managers will make the assignments for the semi-private rooms. Semi-private rooms will be assigned to people who have sleep problems or other special needs. Registration information will address accommodation assignments.
Ralston White provides three meals each day, a large fruit bowl coffee and tea. Some meals will include fish and chicken but a vegetarian option will always be available. Evening meal will be intentionally light... generally soup and salad. There is also a small refrigerator where you can store personal food items. Registration information will address special dietary needs.
Cancellations received before June 1, 2017: All payments are refunded less a $50 processing fee.
Cancellations received after June 1, 2017: No Refunds except for emergencies
Contact: Gregg Ruskusky (Retreat Manager)
Telephone: 503 489 7782