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December 12th - December 18th, 2020

Relational Mindfulness: Coming Into Being with All of Life

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About This Retreat

As we begin to deepen our practice of mindfulness meditation, we see that we are in a ceaseless relationship to ourselves, to others, and the world. For mindfulness to be an effective, and complete, transformational practice it must be brought to each of these domains. On this retreat we’ll be using the power of mindfulness practice to explore ourselves as inherently social & relational beings. As we practice together, we invite ourselves in a collective process of awakening presence.

What makes our retreats unique


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


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.


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.


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.


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

  • Jaya Rudgard

    Jaya Rudgard began meditating in the 1980s. After graduating in Classics from Oxford University she qualified as a lawyer but chose to leave a career in commercial law to spend eight years living in community as a Buddhist nun under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho and the Thai Forest Tradition. She later trained to teach Insight Meditation with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock and Joseph Goldstein at Insight Meditation Society in the US. An experienced teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Jaya leads retreats for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the UK's Mindfulness Network. She is a faculty member of Bodhi College and a regular teacher at Gaia House in the UK as well as IMS and Spirit Rock. Other passions include spending time in wilderness and the study of qigong–both of which she enjoys integrating into her teaching when circumstances permit.

  • Vince Fakhoury Horn

    Vince Fakhoury Horn is part of a new generation of teachers & translators exploring dharma in the age of the network.  Vince helped co-found the Buddhist Geeks Podcast in 2006, and currently serves as the Director of the Non-Profit Organization.   Vince began formally teaching in 2010, and has since been authorized in both the Pragmatic Dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, and by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA, in the Theravada/Insight Buddhist tradition. Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina with his partner Emily and their son Zander.

  • Gullu Singh

    Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh is a corporate attorney and meditation teacher at InsightLA and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He has taught at USC, at UCLA Law School, in law firms, at legal conferences and in corporate settings. Gullu is trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and completed the Spirit Rock Meditation Center Teacher Training Program. He is core faculty in the Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training and InsightLA’s Mindfulness Facilitator Training. Gullu’s inspiration is to share meditation as a way to navigate the challenges of being a human being and to inject more sanity, compassion and wisdom into this world.

  • Oren Jay Sofer

    Oren Jay Sofer teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents. Oren is co-founder of Mindful Healthcare and the founder of Next Step Dharma, an innovative online program that helps meditators integrate their retreat experiences into daily life. Find him on social media @Orenjaysofer

  • Christiane Wolf

    Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD is a physician turned mindfulness teacher. She has practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 25 years, is a senior certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trainer. She is a graduate of the 4 year Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training and is authorized to teach in the Thai Forest Monastery tradition. She a senior teacher and co-chair of the teacher council at InsightLA in Los Angeles, and is the program director and lead instructor for VA CALM, the national mindfulness facilitator training program for clinicians at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Christiane is the co-author of “A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness” and the author of the forthcoming book “Outsmart Your Pain – Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Your Pain Behind”. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.

  • Emily Horn

    Emily Horn is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher via the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She is also authorized to teach meditation, dharma, and long retreats by Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and InsightLA.  Emily has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement" by Wired Magazine. Her work is featured in 10% Happier, Boston Children's Hospital's Comfort Ability Project, Buddhist Geeks, and apps such as Brightmind and Buddhify. She's also been mentoring mindfulness teachers under Jack Kornfield, Ph.D and Tara Brach Ph.D for over 3 years.  For her, a mindful life is simply learning to dance with all of this human experience: from transcendence to dirty dishes, evolutionary edges to ancient roots, solitary practice to deepening relationships. She lives the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband, Vincent, and son, Zander.

Small Group Times

Each Large Group Community Meeting will happen at 3:00pm Eastern Time. 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:

Jaya Rudgard

8am UK / 9am CETclosed
10am UK / 11am CETopen

Emily Horn

7am ET / 12pm UK / 1pmclosed
6am PT / 9am ET / 3pm CETopen

Gullu Singh

8am PT / 11am ET / 5pm CETclosed
11am PT / 2pm ET / 8pm CETclosed

Christiane Wolf

10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CETclosed
2pm PT / 5pm ET / 11pm CETclosed

Oren Jay Sofer

2pm PT / 5pm ET / 11pm UKclosed
3pm PT / 6pm ETclosed

Vince Fakhoury Horn

5pm PT / 8pm ETclosed
8am PT / 11am ET / 5pm CETopen

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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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$ 250.00
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$ 300.00
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$ 600.00
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$ 750.00
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$ 900.00
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"A Mindfulness Retreat Online is an opportunity to deepen your capacity for presence, coming home wherever you are."

Liz Tassone


"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


"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


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? (vh)

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 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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