In-Person Retreats

Buddha’s Heart Retreat, Part 1 – Compassion and Loving-Kindness, CMRC 2022

Date: April 22–29, 2022

Location:

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA

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INVESTMENT: $490/$560/$630 plus dana*

DURATION: 7 NIGHTS, Friday to Friday

The Divine Abodes, or Brahma Viharas, are ancient Buddhist Heart meditations and related practices that reveal and awaken our deepest nature’s heart qualities. During this retreat we will be learning and practicing the meditations, practices, and common resistances to Compassion (Karuna) and Loving-Kindness (Metta).

Compassion allows us to reveal within us an ability to extend an inclusive holding for our suffering and the suffering of others. Loving-Kindness is an expression of a boundless unified connection and love for ourselves and all beings. Loving-Kindness can then be expressed from the deep acceptance of Compassion.

Compassion provides a deep, loving support to “be with” suffering and disease. Compassion allows us to meet the ever-present unsatisfactoriness and suffering of the world. Being deeply with our human condition allows us to see causes and conditions giving rise to our suffering while releasing outdated beliefs that keep us hooked in a cycle of suffering. Turning next to Loving-Kindness allows us to receive, and share, unconditioned universal pure love for ourselves and all beings.

Compassion is a heart feeling tone of deep support for what is. It is an ability to offer support for the struggles and sorrows of life with a kind holding, knowing that all suffering is an opportunity to grow as a person while deepening our spiritual practices. Loving-Kindness is the unrestrained, unconditioned flow of love filling us as we become a fountain of unconditioned love.

This retreat will be based upon Stephen Snyder’s new book Buddha’s Heart. Participants are asked to obtain and read the relevant chapters of the book prior to the retreat.

The format of the retreat will include:

  • talks on our authentic heart’s qualities
  • instruction on the meditations and practices related to Compassion and Loving-Kindness
  • group discussion on the common resistances to these heart experiences
  • one-on-one interviews with Stephen.

Demystifying Awakening Retreat, Europe 2022

Date: May 28–June 3, 2022

Location:

Resort Lotus, on island Krk, Croatia

For more information, please email retreat organizer Tomislav Maric at tenshk@hotmail.co.uk.

The retreat will include dharma talks on the process of awakening, our resistances, how it unfolds, what changes in us in, and after, awakening.

We will also learn and practice meditations that invite and support awakening, including ample time for questions and comments in the thorough, yet warmly accessible, teaching style of Stephen Snyder.

This retreat will focus on: What is awakening?  How does awakening work? What is our true nature? What is a 1st awakening? What happens after a 1st awakening?  What other realizations are a potential of the path?  What are the similarities and differences in the Zen and Theravada Buddhist models of awakening? Which meditations and practices invite awakening?

Stephen is the author of Demystifying Awakening: a Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom (March 2022), Buddha’s Heart, and Stress Reduction for Lawyers.  He is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas. More about these books is available here.

Demystifying Awakening Retreat, CMRC 2022

Date: July 15–21, 2022

Location:

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA

The retreat will include dharma talks on the process of awakening, our resistances, how it unfolds, what changes in us in, and after, awakening.

We will also learn and practice meditations that invite and support awakening, including ample time for questions and comments in the thorough, yet warmly accessible, teaching style of Stephen Snyder.

This retreat will focus on: What is awakening?  How does awakening work? What is our true nature? What is a 1st awakening? What happens after a 1st awakening?  What other realizations are a potential of the path?  What are the similarities and differences in the Zen and Theravada Buddhist models of awakening? Which meditations and practices invite awakening?

Stephen is the author of Demystifying Awakening: a Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom (March 2022), Buddha’s Heart, and Stress Reduction for Lawyers.  He is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas. More about these books is available here.

Buddha’s Heart Retreat, Part 2 – Equanimity and Empathetic Joy, CMRC 2022

Date: October 7–13, 2022

Location:

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington, USA

The second of two retreats on the Divine Abodes or Brahmavihāras, offered at Cloud Mountain. Based on the teachings offered in Stephen’s book Buddha’s Heart, this retreat will explore Uppekhā (Equanimity) and Muditā (Empathetic Joy).

More about this retreat and registration to come!

Four-Week Retreat, Europe 2023

Date: July 26–August 20, 2023

Location:

Croatia
More on venue and location to come!

For more information, please email retreat organizer Tomislav Maric at tenshk@hotmail.co.uk.

A four-week deep practice retreat in beautiful Croatia

Weeks 1 & 2 ~ Samatha / Jhānas practice

Week 3 ~ Divine Abodes, or Brahmavihāras, practice

Week 4 ~ Demystifying Awakening practice

Prerequisites: attended a one-week retreat or a mentoring program with Stephen.