Renzi Zen monk Soken Danjo, "Danjo San" from his Monastery near Hiroshima, Japan returns to Santa Barbara for the eighth year, and the fourth year co-teaching with Radhule Weininger, the Heart of Mindfulness Meditation Retreat.
Danjo San graces us with a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and sings The Heart Sutra as part of the long weekend. 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 in a safe and joyful container. This retreat is suitable for your first retreat or a great way to renew your practice.
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 3:30 – 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.
Tuition: $200.00Tuition covers a deposit for the cost of your time spent in class with the teachers and retreat staff. Sorry, we cannot offer space for commuters for this retreat. You must select your accommodations below.
Accommodation: Accommodations cover your room, bed linen and towels, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities.
$390.00 Triple Room (Women only)
$450.00 Double Room
$540 Single Room *All rooms have shared bathrooms
Deposit and Payment: Your deposit covers the cost of Tuition and a deposit towards your accommodation. Full payment is due on or before June 13, 2019. Dana offerings will not be asked for this retreat. Tuition covers the cost of staff.
Cancellation Policy: On or before June 13th we will refund your deposit less a $100.00 fee. June 13 - July 9 we will refund your deposit less $150.00 Fee. July 10th or later: No Refunds or Credit. Fees are not transferable but if we can find someone to take your space we will refund all except the cancellation fee of $150.00.
We’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias. We want to provide everyone with opportunities to participate in our programs. Thanks to the generosity of others, we can offer you Scholarship funds when you need support. Apply early as Scholarships are limited for this retreat. After you register and pay your deposit, please submit your Scholarship Application for consideration.
This retreat will open for registration January 2019.