Loving Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Meditators – WJK (3 days)

June 14 – 17, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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This retreat is full with a long waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

Loving Awareness, practiced as mindfulness and metta, is the gateway to liberation. During this meditation retreat, we will join together as experienced practitioners to quiet the mind, open the heart and see our human life with the eyes of wisdom.

The daily schedule for this course will follow a different format from other IMS retreats: in addition to guided meditations and alternate sitting and walking practice sessions, there will be frequent periods of dialogue and Q&A.

An optional daily session of qigong will be offered by teacher Teja Bell.

Participants are required to have sat at least two silent residential retreats of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher, and have five years of meditation practice. Please document this when registering.


Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in Asia. He is a co-founder of IMS and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has taught meditation internationally since 1974. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the author of a number of books, including No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom and Joy Right Where You Are.

Listen to one of Jack's talks: The Bodhisattva & Power of Intention given at Spirit Rock on October 28, 2016 - 61 minutes, 42.1MB Download

Trudy Goodman Kornfield

Trudy Goodman Kornfield, PhD, is the founding teacher of InsightLA, the first center dedicated to training in both contemporary mindfulness teachings and Buddhist meditation. Integrating real life experience with the ancient teachings, Trudy teaches residential retreats and mindfulness internationally, from Asia to Africa.

Teja Bell

Teja Bell teaches aikido, qigong and healing arts always connected to the Dharma. Teja has taught over 90 residential retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and continues to practice and teach across the traditions to bring about well-being through the embodied synthesis of modern knowledge with the wisdom of the ancient ways.


Cara Lai

Cara Lai is joyfully participating in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. She has worked as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, artist, wilderness guide, and has taught numerous retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. In her spare time she enjoys petting cats and watching plants grow.

Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel Lingo began mindfulness practice in 1997. She is a Zen Dharma Teacher trained by Thich Nhat Hanh and was an ordained nun for 15 years. She is in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. One of the books she edited is Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She teaches worldwide.