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Asilomar 5-Night Retreat

December 1-6, 2019
Hosted by Open Gate Sangha
Pacific Grove, CA

Program Fee
$500 (Payable to Open Gate Sangha)

Housing Fee: $753-$1,416

My Dear Friends,

I want to welcome you wholeheartedly to Open Gate Sangha's upcoming silent retreat. Retreat is my favorite forum to teach in because it is an opportunity to focus all of our time and attention in a sustained and devoted way toward responding, with the full measure of our hearts and minds, to the great spiritual instinct flowing within us all. This shared commitment makes retreat a powerful transformative environment.

Although the spiritual instinct is experienced in its own unique way within each one of us, it originates in the very ground of our universal being, and is an instinct to awaken to the timeless and measureless reality of our true nature─a true nature that encompasses the paradoxical qualities of transcendence, wholeness, and in-formed embodiment. This instinct to awaken to, and become conscious of, our true nature is as much a part of us as breathing. For our true nature seeks not only its full realization but also its in-formed and embodied expression in time and space.

I encourage you to come to retreat with as much of an open mind and open heart as you can. Whether this is your first retreat with me (welcome) or your latest among many, please show up ready and committed, and with a beginner's mind free of expectations or preconceived ideas of what this retreat has in store for you. Over two decades of teaching retreats has taught me that each and every retreat is unique and has a mysterious life of its own. So let us all come to retreat willing to live on the edge of discovery, and allow the inherent instinct of awakening to reveal all that it desires within us.

Retreat is also a commitment to the structure and container of retreat, as well as to the guidelines that help each of us to silently support one another and maintain the integrity of the retreat environment. This shared regard and respect for the dignity of one another and for the retreat structure is an important part of being on retreat, because we are all here both to respond to our own spiritual calling, as well as to silently support one another with great charity, courtesy, and kindness.

And finally, retreat is a time to retreat from the endless ways that we distract ourselves from the deeper and wider horizons of ourselves and of life. Many of our technological devices function as much as implements of distraction and addiction as they do to helping us navigate the practicalities of daily living. So please enter into retreat fully committed to being here, and tie up whatever loose ends you can so that you can give the full measure of your devotion to what spiritual retreat truly is and to why we gather together in sacred community.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful and rare opportunity to be with you on retreat, in mutual love and devotion to the truth at the heart of being. May all beings everywhere benefit.

With Great Love,

Asilomar 5-Night Retreat

December 1-6, 2019

Check in: 3:00-5:00 pm Sunday
Check out: 1:00 pm Friday

Program Fee(payable to Open Gate Sangha)
$500

Asilomar 5-Night Retreat

December 1-6, 2019

Program Fee - Open Gate Sangha

Program fees are not transferable to other people or to other programs.
October 31, 2018 and later your full payment minus $50.00 cancellation fee will be refunded.
October 31, 2019 and later there is no cancellation refund.

Housing Fee - Asilomar Conference Grounds

Cancel on or before October 31, 2019: $100 cancellation fee
Cancel on or after November 1, 2019: No refund

 

 

 

 

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Blvd

Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Housing Fee: payable to Asilomar

For Registered Participants: Use only the link in your confirmation email to reserve your housing. 

The following rates and availability of your housing preference are not guaranteed:

  • Quad (limited) $753
  • Triple (limited) $820
  • Double $955
  • Single $1,416

Fees are per person and include meals. There are no "commuter" or camping options for this retreat. The cost and availability of your housing preference is not guaranteed. For the best choice of housing options, make your reservation early.

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Blvd

Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Transportation to Asilomar Conference Grounds

Air Transportation

The local airport nearest Asilomar is Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) (8 miles away). Visit www.montereyairport.com for more information. The San Jose airport (SJC) is 80 miles to the north and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 110 miles to the north.

When making flight arrangements for retreat, keep in mind that you must arrive on time (during registration on the first day) and stay through the end of retreat. In order to accomplish this, we recommend flying in no later than 1:30 pm on the first day of retreat and departing no earlier than 4:00 pm on the last day. If necessary, consider arriving a day early and/or leaving the day after retreat end.

Ground Transportation

Nearby public transit is available through Monterey-Salinas Transit (https://mst.org). Find more options for car rental and taxi services at Asilomar’s website (http://www.visitasilomar.com/discover/getting-here/).

Staying Extra Nights

Contact Asilomar if you need to stay at the center extra nights before or after the retreat: 831-372-8016.