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November 2018
Is Silent Retreat Good for Everyone?

Based on your personality and your current issues, silent retreat may not be the best option for you. There is a time for silent intense introspection and there is a time for communication, connection and the receiving of support.  This article will help you understand if a silent meditation retreat is right for you at this time. 

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A Practical Guide to True Happiness

Practical Guide to Happiness
Have you been curious about Buddhist practice, but don't know where to begin? Have you attended Buddhist teachings, but don't know how to meditate on the subjects you've studied?

A Practical Guide to True Happiness: Fall Lam Rim Retreat 2018 with Elaine Jackson - November 30- December 9

This class will be based on the "Stages of the Path" (lamrim) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and will include lectures, guided meditations, discussion periods, and experiential homework assignments. The "Stages of the Path" was developed as a synthesis of main subject matter of all the sutras taught by the Buddha. Subjects to be discussed will include: impermanence, karma, death and rebirth, developing loving-kindness, compassion and the awakening mind (bodhicitta), the ultimate nature of reality, and more.

This class will also teach you the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, and give you the tools you need both to begin a daily meditation practice and to deal with problems and difficulties once you have started to meditate. Throughout the week, you will learn new information about the theory and practice of meditation, and will also be led in a guided meditation on the subject matter presented in class.

Vajrapani Institute for Wisdom Culture supports the transformation of spiritual teachings into experience through contemplative retreat. As a spiritual community serving the needs of retreaters in all traditions, we are nurtured by the energy of our Tibetan Buddhist founder, by our teachers and holy objects, and by the stillness of the California redwood forest.

Our vision is to offer people the meditative tools to recognize the nature of their minds and achieve their highest potential for the benefit of all. To this end we offer private silent retreat cabins overlooking the Santa Cruz Mountains and ongoing retreat programs.


Being in the Wild
Mindfulness and Nature

Minfullness Weekend
Every season has its unique gifts. As a season for deep rest and renewal, winter provides us a unique opportunity to step away from our active life and come into deep introspection and regenerate.

To help you come into a deeper rhythm with the natural world, Lin Gordon and Lee Steppacher will weave nature-based meditation practices throughout this silent weekend retreat. We will spend extended time outdoors and participate in guided meditation and mindful walks to open our sense of awareness, and sinking deeply into our connection to the world around us. Participants will learn to develop a receptive presence and contemplative relationship with nature, opening the possibility to experience beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life.

The weekend will be held primarily in silence, allowing you to cultivate the capacity to be present. There will be opportunities for limited discussion and questions, and talks will be offered as guidance. Guided body movement will also be offered daily.

Lin Gordon has been practicing insight meditation in the last eight years under the guidance of Jonathan Foust, Mark Coleman from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Lee Steppacher has a deep meditation practice over 25 years, and has a combination of skills and interests that draw her to offering mindfulness in nature retreats.

This weekend retreat is appropriate for people with all levels of experience. No prior meditation experience needed.

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Kirkridge Retreat
In a whirling world, Kirkridge offers space on the mountain for rest, quiet and spiritual renewal. Gift yourself with time to read, talk, a walk in the woods or enjoy the serenity of our gardens.

Each private space has its own bath, a fully equipped kitchen and beds for one or two people. No internet is available in private retreat spaces..

Private retreatants provide their own food and prepare their own meals. 

Programmed retreats are also available, please see our website for a list of upcoming retreats.

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