March 1, 2021

Compassion and Devotion: A Retreat for Cultivating Love | May 29-31

Compassion and Devotion: A Retreat for Cultivating Love

Devon Hase, Nolitha Tsengiwe, Yong Oh
Saturday, May 29 – Monday, May 31

Meeting format (During program sessions, you will be able to see and hear the teacher, as well as other program participants, and they will be able to see and hear you).

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During this weekend retreat, we’ll deepen our understanding of love in its various forms. Through compassion and devotion practices, we’ll explore how these mind states lead to equanimity and peace of mind. In silent meditation and community discussion, we’ll open to the wildness, complexity, and wisdom of these vulnerable and living hearts, while illuminating our connection to ourselves, our relationships, our community, and the wider world. Ultimately, we are developing a more resilient and equanimous state of being – the unshakeable deliverance of the heart.


For this course, sliding scale fees are $120, $155, $195, or $300. We also offer a scholarship fee of $60, and no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford” system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Select the rate of your choice when you register. Email for more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.

Teacher Support
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Daily Schedule – times listed in Eastern Time (ET)
Note: all sessions (except Q&R sessions – questions & responses) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you miss one

Saturday, May 29
10 – 11:30 am – Opening and Chanting – Nolitha, Yong, Devon
1 – 2:15 pm – Sitting and Dharma Talk – Yong
4 – 5:00 pm – Sitting and Q&R – Yong
7 – 7:45 pm – Heart Practice – Devon

Sunday, May 30
10 – 11:00 am – Dharma Talk and Chanting – Nolitha
1 – 1:45 pm – Sitting and Talk – Nolitha
4 – 5:00 pm – Sitting and Q&R – Devon
7 – 8 pm – Heart Practice – Yong

Monday, May 31
10 – 10:45 am – Dharma Talk and Chanting – Nolitha
1 – 1:45 pm – Sitting and Talk – Devon
4 – 5:00 pm – Sitting and Q&R – Yong
7 – 8:15 pm – Sitting and Closing – Devon, Yong


Teacher Bios

Devon Hase began intensive meditation training in 2000. After spending a decade teaching English and social studies in high school and college classrooms, she entered a two-year period of retreat. She has studied at monasteries in Nepal and India, and practices in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Currently, Devon teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and throughout North America and Europe. Along with her life partner nico, she co-authored their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life, which offers six really good pieces of semi-Buddhist advice to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos of modern life. Devon loves long retreat and is passionate about creative ways to bring depth practice into the daily spin of things. She now lives together with nico in urban retreat in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon, splitting each week between teaching and practice. For more info visit

Nolitha Tsengiwe is a Dharma teacher and board member at Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat Center, in SA that was founded by Kittisaro and Thanisara Weinberg. She has practiced since 1997 under Kittisaro and Thanissara, who are of Ajahn Chah ‘s lineage. In her first retreat with these beloved teachers she discovered silence as a refuge and has never looked back. Nolitha completed the Community Dharma leadership program (CDL4) under Spirit Rock in 2014 and is at present a teacher trainee with IMS. Nolitha is a Psychologist in private practice and is trained in Karuna ( Group psychotherapy based on Buddhist principles) and Somatic Experiencing (SE). She is an executive coach and facilitator in leadership development. She offers in SA under Dharmagiri Race Work for reconciliation using Insight Dialogue principles. She has recently been appointed by Spirit Rock as a mentor for the TTCP program.

Yong Oh’s initial doorway into the Dharma was through Soto Zen. His love for Vipassana began with his, then and now, primary teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara. He is currently a Dharma Council teacher at the Durango Dharma Center, teaches for the Chattanooga Insight Meditation group, and is currently on the Leadership Council for Thanissara and Kittisaro’s Sacred Mountain Sangha.

Yong is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Retreat Teacher Training program as well as the Sacred Mountain Sangha Dharmapala program. Yong is also an acupuncturist, loves the outdoors and bringing the practice of meditation into nature, and aspires to support practitioners of color in the Dharma.

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