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November 7th - November 13th, 2020

Revolutionary Love: A Mindfulness Retreat for Transformative Times

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About This Retreat

Our world has never known times like these. How can we practice mindfulness meditation in a way that brings us closer to freedom in our own minds and hearts, and closer to collective liberation for all beings everywhere? Join us in this at-home online retreat, where we’ll refine our practices of mindfulness of body, emotions and thoughts with support from a spirited and seasoned team of teachers. All practice sessions will be infused with a healthy dose of love and a strong sense of purpose: we practice for sustainability, for resilience, for unity, love and freedom.  With daily teachings on awareness, wisdom and compassion, we will gather as a global community to support one another with presence. Teachers will share guidance on how to integrate your mindfulness practice into our daily lives as we respond, each in our own way, to the social and political demands of our unique place and time. We can usher in a new chapter by attending to and transforming the way we relate with ourselves and our world. Let love be the first word.

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

  • Leslie Booker

    Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Social Justice. She shares her expertise nationally as a guest lecturer at conferences, universities, and Dharma centers, on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She has contributed to several books and academic papers including Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting and Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice. Booker is a graduate of the 2020 Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training, is a 2020 Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement in Mindful.org. She continues to be inspired to hold folks in their journey to find a sense of freedom and liberation within a world that is burdened by greed, hatred, and delusion.

  • Dalila Bothwell

    Dalila Bothwell is a Dharma practitioner in the Insight Meditation/Theravada Buddhist tradition and a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader Program. She served as Deputy Director of New York Insight Meditation Center for nearly a decade where she learned the priceless value of sangha and the role relationships play in embodying the teachings and in creating kinder human beings. With a formal education in food and nutrition, her practice meets at the intersection of her love of recovery, nature, community, physical and emotional wellbeing while being black and queer, and social justice. A native of the Southwest, Dalila currently lives in Papago / Tohono O'odham territory in Arizona.

  • Alison Cohen

    Alison Cohen (she/her/hers) is an educator-activist, writer, dance enthusiast, and MMTCP mentor. As a teenager, she was desperate for guidance on how to wisely and compassionately navigate her internal landscape, not to mention the world. After her first young adult retreat, Alison realized contemplative practice was what she had been longing for, never imagining that she would one day be teaching it! A former high school teacher, she currently coaches NYC school leaders and teachers, co-facilitates a racial justice group for educators, dances as much as possible, and teaches trauma-informed mindfulness practice to human beings from many walks of life. As Alexander McCall Smith writes, “there is plenty of work for love to do.”

  • Rae Houseman

    Rae Houseman has practiced extensively in the Insight Meditation tradition and the Vajrayana tradition, and has found the two styles to be complimentary in the development of deeply intuitive and embodied practice. Rae graduated from the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leadership Program, and Anam Thubten Rinpoche’s Dharma Leadership Program. Rae holds a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology and is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Rae is the Head of Coaching for the Ten Percent Happier app, and very much enjoys discussing the practice and sharing practice space with others.

  • Kate Johnson

    Kate Johnson is a meditation teacher, facilitator, author and mama who leads classes and retreats integrating spirituality, social justice and creativity. A passionate meditator since her early 20’s, Kate is authorized as an independent Buddhist meditation teacher through Spirit Rock’s 4 year teacher training. As an organizational consultant, she has trained hundreds of leaders and change-makers to use embodied, awareness-based approaches to systemic transformation. She holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the Alvin Ailey School and MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Her first book, Radical Friendship, will be published in May 2021.

  • La Sarmiento

    La Sarmiento (they/them) has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998. They are the Board President and a Teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC (IMCW), the Guiding Teacher of the IMCW People of Color and LGBTQIA+ Sanghas, and a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. They were the Lead Teacher fo the Virginia iBme Teen Retreats for 7 years. They completed the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training in 2012. As an immigrant, non-binary, Filipinx-American, La is committed to creating access to and sharing teachings and practices that alleviate suffering, cultivate true happiness, and support the liberation of all beings, especially through song and laughter. They live in Towson, MD with their life partner Wendy and two rescue pups Annabel and Bader.

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:

Kate Johnson

8am ET / 1pm UK / 2pm CETclosed
10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CETopen

Leslie Booker

6am PT / 9am ET / 3pm CETclosed
2pm PT / 5pm ET / 11pm CETclosed

La Sarmiento

7am PT / 10am ET / 4pm CETopen
9am PT / 12pm ET / 6pm CETpotential

Dalila Bothwell

9am PT / 12pm ET / 6pm CETclosed
3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm UKopen

Rae Houseman

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

Alison Cohen

3pm PT / 6pm ET / 11pm UKclosed
6pm PT / 9pm ETopen

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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.

Tickets

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Revolutionary Love: BIPOC Payment Plan
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$ 100.00
12 available
Revolutionary Love: Base Payment Plan
Payment plan
$ 200.00
12 available
Revolutionary Love: Supporter Payment Plan
Payment plan
$ 250.00
12 available
Revolutionary Love: Benefactor Payment Plan
Payment plan
$ 300.00
12 available
Revolutionary Love: BIPOC
One time payment
$ 300.00
12 available
Revolutionary Love: Base
One time payment
$ 600.00
12 available
Revolutionary Love: Supporter
One time payment
$ 750.00
12 available
Revolutionary Love: Benefactor
One time payment
$ 900.00
12 available

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? (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 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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