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March 6th - March 12th, 2021

Radical Presence: The Practice of Love

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Teachers

Noliwe Alexander
Devon Hase
Janet Roos
Sabra Saperstein
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith
Susa Talan
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About This Retreat

Our current world is full of chaos, uncertainty, fear, anger, and overwhelm. Sometimes in the midst of this we forget the importance of the heart–all of its wisdom and all of its complexities. During this weeklong retreat, we’ll learn a radical presencing of the heart, discovering the pliable aliveness that is here with us all the time. Of course, there is love. But there’s also rage, sorrow, delight. Practicing with these helps us crack open, break together, and learn what it is to be human. Along the way we’ll build resilience, fortitude, and courage–the tools we need to carry forth with brave and loving hearts.

What makes our retreats unique

Intimate

With small group work at the heart of our virtual retreat model, we always prioritize human contact & relationship–deep intimacy at a distance.

Guided

You’ll be supported, for 3 hours each day, by our highly-experienced retreat teaching team.  Receive quality instructions, get your questions answered, we’ve got your back.

Peer-Led

Help build the retreat by hosting & attending silent peer-led practice sessions. All you have to do is click a link, show up, sit, and ring the bell at the end of the practice session. On retreat we practice alone, together.

Customizable

You can turn your life into a retreat by designing your own formal retreat schedule. We make the logistics easy, so you can do the hard work of showing up & being present.

Worldcentric

Practice in a multicultural community of global adults, tuning in from across geographic time-zones & cultural backgrounds. ALL are welcome in a Mindfulness Retreat Online.

A Mindfulness Retreat Online may be for you if…

  • You’re looking to deepen your meditation practice with dedicated peers and deeply experienced teachers.
  • You want to meet the retreat prerequisite for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP)–offered by Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach in collaboration with Sounds True and the Greater Good Institute.
  • You’d like to connect with fellow meditation practitioners in a worldcentric learning community.

Core Retreat Features

Large Group Community Meeting

A Daily Meeting where everyone on the retreat will get together for a daily teaching plus small group work with approximately 8 people facilitated by an experienced meditation teacher. The large group community meeting marks the both the beginning of each new day of the retreat, so is an important common point of reference as we practice together in different timezones.

Small Group Practice Meetings

Twice each day, you will be joining a group of 16 dedicated peers, and a retreat teacher, to engage in group practice. These sessions will give you a chance to practice along with the retreat curriculum, and ask practice related questions. These sessions will be offered at a number of times throughout the day, and you’ll be able to see which teachers & times are available before registering for the retreat.

Peer-Led Practice Sessions

Throughout each day of the retreat there will be 30-minute peer-led practice sessions offered. These peer-led sessions give retreatants ample opportunity to engage in supportive group practice and, if attending to meet the prerequisite requirement, meet the two session a day group sitting requirement. You can even help host them, taking even deeper ownership for the continuity of practice on this retreat.

Mindfulness Retreat Online Network

Each retreat is offered through our Mindfulness Retreats Online Network.  Here, you’ll be able to find a detailed schedule for your retreat, along with recorded talks and supplementary learning material from the retreat teachers.  In addition, once the retreat is live, this network is where you’ll find the event information you’ll need to join the live peer-led practice sessions.

Meet Your Teachers

  • Devon Hase

    Devon Hase teaches meditation on retreat teams at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and throughout North America and Europe. She supports practitioners with online personal dharma mentoring, is a mentor in Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, and teaches on the Ten Percent Happier and Simple Habit apps. Along with her life partner Craig Hase, Devon co-authored their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life, published by Shambhala in April 2020. Devon has spent years in meditation retreat in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions, and now lives together with Craig in urban retreat in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon, splitting each week between teaching and practice.

  • Susa Talan

    Susa Talan is co-founder and dharma leader at Open Door Meditation Community in Portland, ME. She has been studying and practicing Insight Meditation for 14 years and is a long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya with whom she ordained temporarily in 2010. She also studies with Tibetan teacher Mingyur Rinpoche. Susa offers workshops on mindfulness + meditation in a variety of settings and is also an artist + illustrator.

  • Noliwe Alexander

    Noliwe Alexander has been a student of Vipassana meditation for over 20 years. Throughout this time of deep devotion to the Dharma, Noliwe has become a dedicated practitioner, meditation teacher of various retreats and sitting groups, day-longs and class series programs. She dedicates much of her BuddhaDharma practice and teachings to the BiPOC, LGBTQIA+, At Risk and Elder communities. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s CDL4 program, EBMC’s Commit 2 Dharma program in 2010 and is a graduate of Spirit Rock Teacher Training from 2017-2020. Noliwe is the founder of Peace At Any Pace, Inc. a non-profit organization that offers a Journey to Healing from Intergenerational & Ancestral Trauma retreats and Elder & Youth programs, which are exclusively for people from the African Diaspora. Noliwe is a wisdom keeper and humbled by the presence of her ancestor’s spirit that lives within and walks beside her.

  • Janet Roos

    Janet E. Roos has been practicing meditation for over 10 years. She is a UCLA-Trained Mindfulness Facilitator and a certified member of the International Mindfulness Teacher’s Association. She has been teaching secular mindfulness practices in a corporate setting. Janet has worked for over 30 years in Information Technology, in various leadership roles for large Fortune 10 Companies. She is a four-time “Hall of Famer” with passion to bring Mindfulness Practices to athletes, corporate employees, and others in supporting career development, stress management, and career/life transitions. She currently serves on two Boards in the SF Bay Area and volunteers with Non-Profit Organizations.

  • Sabra Saperstein

    Sabra Saperstein began practicing mediation in 2002 and her practice deepened significantly over the past 6 years while working at Insight Meditation Society. She practices primarily in the vipassana tradition and has more recently begun to devote herself to Soulmaking Dharma, the teachings of Rob Burbea. She is passionate about exploring and offering embodied spiritual practice that is embedded in the relational and engaged with the world.

  • Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith

    Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, M.B.A., has been practicing meditation and sitting silent retreats for over 25 years. She teaches for the East Bay Meditation Center, the Mills College Love and Liberation Sangha and has also served as a Community Welcome Leader for Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Monday Night with Jack Kornfield and Friends. She is a Retreat Manager, consultant and facilitator for Peace At Any Pace, Inc. Ramona Lisa graduated from East Bay Meditation Center’s Commit to Dharma Program (C2D3) and Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP6).

Each day of the retreat we will all gather together for the Large Group Community Meeting.

This meeting goes from 3:00 – 4:00pm EST.

Small Group Times

Each Large Group Retreat Meeting will happen at 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET / 9:00pm CET. Small practice group times will be offered throughout the day and will also vary depending on the retreat. In general, we aim to offer small group times to accommodate people living in most time zones around the world. Below, you will find a list of the current teachers, and small group times, that are currently open for this retreat:

Noliwe Alexander

1pm ESTclosed
4pm ESTclosed

Devon Hase

2pm ESTclosed
6pm ESTclosed

Janet Roos

1pm ESTclosed
4pm ESTopen

Sabra Saperstein

10am ESTclosed
4pm ESTopen

Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith

11am ESTclosed
10 pm ESTopen

Susa Talan

1pm ESTclosed
5pm ESTopen

Sample Retreat Schedule

This is a sample of what your schedule might look like

Day 1
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 2
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 3
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 4
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 5
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

Day 6
9:00 - 10:00 am ET

Small Group Practice

11:00 - 11:30 am ET

Peer-Led PRacice

3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

Large Group Meeting

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Peer-Led PRacice

9:00 - 10:00 pm ET

Small Group Practice

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Choose between the BIPOC ($300), Base ($600), Supporter ($750), & Benefactor ($900) rates and then select either to pay up-front or over a 3-month period.

Everything above the Base Rate will be given back as scholarship funds to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) retreat participants who request them. We will automatically give a 1/2 off scholarship to any self-identified person of color who selects the BIPOC option below.

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Testimonials

"A Mindfulness Retreat Online is an opportunity to deepen your capacity for presence, coming home wherever you are."

Liz Tassone

Participant

"This retreat was both an approachable and profound deepening of practice for me. The community felt vibrant, wise, welcoming, and safe, which lead to breakthroughs likely impossible to foster alone. So much gratitude."

Kara Barnhart

Participant

"Unique experience dissolving borders between life and practice, blending experience of one with other human beings in a joyful way. There is gratitude!"

Jan Dufek

Participant

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your refund policy?

No refunds will be given within 14 days of the retreat start date. If you cancel more than 14 days prior to retreat start, you will receive a refund of the cost of the retreat minus a $200 Administration Fee.

Am I guaranteed a small group meeting time?

You are guaranteed at least two small group meetings per day, however we cannot guarantee a particular time.

What if only one small group time works in my schedule?

Your registration is dependent on you attending two group meeting times. If you can only find one that works, please try a different retreat or wait to see if we open up new group times.  Each retreat will have a maximum of 12 small group times offered.

Are there small groups available that work for people living everywhere in the world?

All retreats will have plenty of workable options for small group meetings.  The large group community meeting will work for those living in North America, South America, & European Timezones.  Those folks in Asia, Australia, & the Middle East who can’t make the live large group meetings, are welcome to watch the recorded talk, while still participating in their 2 small group meetings and peer-led practice sessions.

What technology platforms will we use for this retreat?

The live video interactions will all be powered by Zoom.us. Primary communication about the retreat will happen through E-mail, while peer-led practice and additional learning material will be accessed through our Mighty Network.

Do I have to lead a peer-led practice session?

No, you don’t have to lead anything, but all participants will be asked if they’d like to host at least one peer-led group session during the retreat.  By hosting a silent sitting, you can benefit other people’s practices by holding space for others, and support your own practice at the same time.

Can I continue to work during this retreat?

You can work during this retreat as long as you’re able to attend most all of the live group sessions–two small group meetings and one large meeting–each day.  If you are using this retreat to fulfil the prerequisite for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, you won’t be able to work full-time, as there are additional live practice requirements that require a full-time commitment to the retreat and a commitment to silence throughout the duration of the retreat.

Do I need to attend live sessions on camera?

Yes. This retreat will be an intimate experience and you are highly encouraged to attend all sessions on camera. This allows the participants and teachers to sense the learning that is happening in community in a deeper way.

Will sessions be recorded?

The only thing that will be recorded are the daily talks during the large group community meeting.  Those teaching talks will be reposted for everyone to watch, but no other content will be recorded during this retreat, so as to protect the sense of privacy and growing intimacy of practice.  All participants are also asked to follow the same no recording guideline, in order to participate in this retreat.

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