Renzi Zen monk Soken Danjo, "Danjo San" returns to Santa Barbara for the seventh year, and the third year co-teaching with Radhule Weininger, the Heart of Mindfulness Meditation Retreat.
The daily rhythm of this retreat involves traditional instructions with a spirit of loving-kindness, alternating periods of sitting and walking meditations, Dharma talks, teacher interviews, and rest periods. The retreat emphasizes cultivating a calm mind and a kind heart towards ourselves and others while cultivating loving awareness and compassion
Danjo San graces us with a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and sings The Heart Sutra as part of the long weekend. This retreat is suitable for your first retreat or a great way to renew your practice.
Emily Benaron will be leading us in Mindful Movement (Gentle Yoga) each day.
Held at the beautiful Mount Calvary Monastery Guest House, set in the hills of Santa Barbara, the grounds offer a large terrace overlooking Mission Canyon and landscaped grounds including a labyrinth. The accommodation is mostly in double rooms with shared baths for a maximum of 24 guests. There is a sizable meeting room, and a smaller library and a hospitality area stocked with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and supplies for making coffee or tea and where the Monks will provide morning coffee. More information on Mount Calvary can be found on the Residential Retreats page.
Check in between 3:00 – 5:30 PM on Thursday followed by and a light supper. Retreat ends after lunch on Sunday after lunch. No late arrivals or early departures. Rooms & Meals: Towels and bed linens are provided. Tasty and nutritious meals are served at breakfast, lunch and supper with a vegetarian option at each meal. Special dietary needs cannot be accommodated.
COST: $500 p/p $630 Single Room, plus a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Your $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve your space. Limited Scholarships are available for this retreat. Please go to the Scholarship page for Information & Application
Dana: In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers and retreat managers receive no payment. The above cost covers room and board only. Donations offered by students at the end of the retreat are appreciated and support the teachers and retreat managers in continuing to make the teachings available to all. Dana offerings are tax-deductible.