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Working with our Minds & Calming the Nervous System in Times of Difficulty



Insight Meditation Retreat


Howard Cohn


March 21 & 22, 2020


Saturday 9AM- 4PM

Sunday TBD (based on participation & interest)

   Registration :  $60 or $40 partial scholarship rate

Plus an opportunity to offer Dana* to Howie at the Retreat


Registration after 3/17 is for the 3/21-22 ONLINE RETREAT ONLY

Retreat fees for those registering after 3/17 will be offered directly to Howie as Dana. Those who are in a position to do so, and are so inclined are welcome to supplement this amount at the end of the retreat.  

No one turned away for lack of funds​:

If you would like to attend the retreat and require scholarship funds

select the scholarship request on the registration form. 

*All retreat fees go toward facility rental, teacher travel, accommodations and other retreat expenses, Howie is not paid from these funds (except for those registering after 3/17!) Howie offers the teachings in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition of generosity or 'Dana', and is reliant on the offering of Dana to support his continued teaching. 


The offering of Dana has been practiced since the time of the Buddha, and is intended to open the heart and generate good-will as well as create a interconnected web of giving and receiving as the teachings are offered and received and support is offered and received. Dana should never be considered as a 'tip'.  Opportunity will be provided to offer Dana to Howie during the retreat. The cost of the retreat is kept at the lowest possible rate that enables our basic expenses to be covered and does not represent the 'value' of the retreat, but rather our hope to make the teachings available to all who are interested, regardless of ability to pay.


Please take the time to read more about the tradition of 'Dana' - in the link above - 

to support our  teachers and continue this beautiful practice in the Theravada tradition




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Registration Closed

Retreat Description: 




The retreat will include periods of practice mixed with interaction with Howie. We feel that what would most support people at this time is some silent and guided practice, mixed with the opportunity to connect with each other and feel a sense of community.

The practice of Insight Meditation will be supported by Lovingkindness throughout the weekend, and we will explore the process of awakening from confusion to clarity, isolation to inter-being, self-judgment to self-compassion, ill-will to love, agitation to calm, doubt to faith, and suffering to freedom. Our time together will include periods of guided sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and opportunities for Q&A.
Open to both new and experienced meditators.

Vipassana Meditation (also known as 'Insight' or Mindfulness practice) is a simple and direct practice; the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind / body process through calm and focused awareness. The practice originates in the Theravada tradition of the teachings of the Buddha. Alternating between sitting and walking meditation sessions throughout the day.


About the Teacher:

Howard Cohn is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay area. He has guided a local sitting group in San Francisco, been in private practice as a psychotherapist and led Vipassana retreats worldwide since 1985. He incorporates the influences of Theravada, Zen, Tibetan Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta in his teaching, with an emphasis on reawakening our intrinsic freedom. Among his many teachers and mentors are Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, U Pandita Sayadaw, Tulku Urgyen Rimpoche, Tsoknyi Rimpoche, and the Advaita Vedanta Master H.W.L. Poonja. 


                Howie's book: Invitation to Meditation: How to Find Peace Wherever You Are



Due to COVID 19 we have moved this retreat to an ONLINE FORMAT

we will use the Zoom online conferencing platform. Instructions will be sent to registered retreatants. 



If you are registered or on the waitlist for this retreat:

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