Returnee Weekend Meditation Retreat

Inspiration, enthusiasm, and energy for your practice

A weekend retreat restores your energy and enthusiasm for the spiritual life, so that you can be at your best and benefit everyone else around you.

Returnee
Retreat
Tomales, California, USA
3 days

In our troubled times, your meditation practice enables you to tap into the source of courage and wisdom within you, supporting your family and all around you. This retreat will strengthen your ability to access your inner resources and, over time, become a force of unconditional love and respect for all.

Immerse yourself for a few days in the spiritual life at our retreat house in Tomales. This weekend retreat helps you absorb Easwaran’s teachings, deepen your practice of  passage meditation, and experience the spiritually uplifting lifestyle that permeates our retreat house and Ramagiri Ashram.

By the end of the weekend you’ll have

    • Had five or six meditations in a setting where earnest meditators have been coming and practicing for over 25 years 
    • Had quiet time to refresh your inspirational passages
    • Studied Easwaran’s books and watched video talks that he gave to his closest students to find answers to the challenges you’re facing
    • Had time to ask your questions of BMCM presenters who are longtime passage meditators, and to share practical tips with fellow retreatants
    • Developed a personal plan for extending the eight points throughout your day once back home
    • Experienced a balanced schedule integrating all the eight points, including rest, home-cooked meals, and optional times for exercise
    • Had the opportunity to take a mantram walk on Dillon Beach, where Easwaran and Christine used to go every day
    • Visited Ramagiri Ashram, the home of the BMCM where Easwaran lived, meditated, and taught, and where Christine and the Ramagiri Ashram residents continue to practice passage meditation for the goal of Self-realization.

    The workshops offer contemplative time as well as interactive opportunities in which you can speak up as much or as little as you choose. Workshops include

      • Reading studies
      • Small groups in which you practice the eight-point program skills you have studied
      • Videos and audios of Easwaran's talks
      • Individual reflection time to plan your personal next step for taking your meditation deeper.

      Your retreat will be facilitated by two BMCM presenters who have completed a five-year training program.

      A weekend retreat is a good fit for you if you have been making your best effort to meditate every day for the past six months using passage meditation, and in addition:
      • You have already attended a BMCM retreat, or
      • You have been participating in an in-person Satsang for at least six months.

      Fee

      The standard fee is $300. The sliding scale is $240–$375.

      The commuter fee (for program and meals, without accommodation) is $200.

      Fee for Young Adults (20s and 30s)

      The standard fee is $150. The sliding scale is $75–$200.

      The commuter fee (for program and meals, without accommodation) is $100.

      Explanation of Sliding Scale

      • Our sliding scale means that you can choose the price that's right for you. If you can pay the standard fee, that will cover the cost of your retreat.
      • Please choose a lower fee if the standard fee is too much for you to afford.
      • If you add a donation to the standard fee, that will help others to attend – thank you!

      The BMCM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All of our work is made possible by donations. While income from books and retreats covers a portion of our costs, everything we do depends on the generosity of those who benefit from Easwaran’s teachings.

      Each dollar paid over the standard fee is a tax-deductible contribution. We keep all donations and fee payments confidential.

      Financial Aid

      You are welcome to attend this program with a scholarship if you need to pay less than the lowest end of the sliding scale. Our scholarship fund is created out of donations from generous friends to help more people attend programs.

      We also offer payment plans, so you can pay your fee in installments.                                           

      For either a scholarship or payment plan, please don’t register online, and instead write to financial.aid@easwaran.org or call us at 800.475.2369. We’ll get back to you within three days.

      Refunds

      If you need to cancel your retreat, please let us know as soon as possible and we’ll refund your full fee.


      The retreat starts on Friday at 4 p.m. and ends on Sunday at 2 p.m.

      Check out a sample schedule.

      Meals

      Our meals are home-cooked and vegetarian. There's lots of food to choose from, plenty to eat, and we never skimp on dessert. If you have a dietary restriction, we’ll provide a special meal.

      Tea, coffee, snacks, and fresh fruit are available at all times.

      Accommodation

      Our retreat house is a restored bed and breakfast, set in a peaceful garden with views of rural Marin County.

      We have two bedrooms at ground level reserved for retreatants who can’t climb stairs. The other 11 bedrooms are accessed via a flight of stairs. Some bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, others have a bathroom next door.

      Two bedrooms on the second floor are single, and we give these to people with medical needs (to someone who uses a CPAP machine, for instance). The other bedrooms are shared with one other person. You can tell us in advance if you’d like to share a room with your friend or partner.

      The workshop room and dining room are on the ground level, and the meditation room is down a flight of stairs. You can also meditate in the workshop room if you can’t climb stairs.

      We provide linens, towels, and soap.

      “I came to the retreat feeling burdened and emotionally and spiritually empty. By Sunday afternoon, I was a different person: lighthearted and assured.”

      Ann, Santa Barbara, California

      “The interaction with others at the retreat was very rich and I met several people I want to maintain contact with. I thought the pace of the material and the method was just right to bring greater awareness to the specific focus of living in the present, and the presenters modeled the retreat focus!”

      Bob, Dallas, Texas

      "The returnee weekend was just what I needed to help me take my practice deeper and to help me feel supported by the BMCM community. I am so grateful for the facilitators' kindness and wisdom, especially in encouraging us to make specific goals for when we returned home."

      Annette, Kihei, Hawaii

       “This was an amazing experience in every way: the food was amazing, the accommodations comfortable, the fellowship warm, and the program inspiring. My connection to E.E. and my entire practice has deepened as a result of this weekend retreat. I am incredibly grateful.”

      Laurence, Napa, California

      Our retreat house is located in the small town of Tomales in West Marin, 55 miles north of San Francisco.

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