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

When life gets busy, it can feel like everything on our to-do list needs to be done right now. Where does that leave our meditation practice, when we need it more than ever?

By the end of the weekend you’ll have

    • Had five or six meditations in an ideal setting, with quiet time to refresh your inspirational passages
    • Absorbed yourself in Easwaran’s books and talks to find answers to the challenges you’re facing
    • Had time to ask your questions and share practical tips
    • Developed a personal plan for extending the eight points throughout your day once back home
    • Had the opportunity to take a mantram walk on Dillon Beach, where Easwaran and Christine used to go every day
    • Experienced a balanced schedule integrating all the eight points, including rest, home-cooked meals, and optional times for exercise.

    The workshops are interactive, and you can speak up as much or as little as you choose. Workshops include

      • Reading studies
      • Small group brainstorms
      • Videos and audios of Easwaran
      • Individual reflection time using worksheets.

      Your retreat will be facilitated by two BMCM presenters who are longtime passage meditators and 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:

      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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      For information about travel by car, air, and public transit, download our travel information PDF.