Weeklong Meditation Retreat

Experience the Benefits of Putting Your Meditation First for a Week

This retreat is designed to put your meditation first, every day. For six consecutive days, you have a rare opportunity to focus completely on your practice of the eight-point program.

Returnee
Retreat
Tomales, California, USA
7 days

In our troubled times your meditation practice is vitally important. Your absorption in timeless inspirational passages enables you to tap into the source of courage and wisdom within you, and by weaving the eight points throughout your days, you support everyone around you. This retreat is designed to help you take your practice – and your contribution to others – to a new depth.

Immerse yourself in the spiritual life for a full week at our retreat house and Ramagiri Ashram in Tomales. This weeklong retreat helps you build the daily habit of studying Easwaran’s books and talks. You will be able to absorb yourself more profoundly in the passages that are shaping your practice, and share in the spiritually uplifting lifestyle that permeates our retreat house and Ramagiri Ashram. By dedicating a full week to your highest ideals – steeped in Easwaran’s teachings – you can go home with a new level of commitment to your supreme goal.

The theme of this retreat is “Deepening Meditation to Access Our Inner Strength.”    

Your mornings will include time for silent study followed by workshops that balance immersion in Easwaran’s teachings, extended mantram practice and absorption in passages, and interactive opportunities to practice using Easwaran’s teachings in real life situations. Your retreat group will focus on one of the eight points each day.

In the afternoons, you’ll have plenty of free time to integrate and balance your spiritual schedule with optional activities like rest and beach walks, as well as the opportunity to participate in select Ramagiri Ashram volunteer work and activities. 

By the end of the week you’ll have

  • Experienced living in spiritual community and following a schedule that naturally slows and focuses your mind

  • Immersed yourself in Easwaran’s books and talks
  • Experienced the benefits of a regular routine of morning and evening meditations, with the other seven points woven in between
  • Found new ways of integrating the eight points into your life in the supportive company of other passage meditators
  • Developed a personal plan for taking aspects of this immersive experience home over the coming year
  • Explored in more depth your connection with Ramagiri Ashram and the BMCM and how your own practice supports – and is supported by – Easwaran’s work.

If this program intrigues you and you have questions or are having difficulty meeting a pre-requisite, feel free to contact us and we’ll do our best to support you in meeting your goals.

Our presenters are longtime passage meditators and have completed a five-year training program    

Note: The July Weeklong Retreat is for Affiliate or YA Cohort Program participants.

A Weeklong Retreat is a good fit for you if you meet the following prerequisites: 

  • Daily passage meditation for the past 12 months, and
  • Attendance at a Returnee Weekend Retreat.

Please contact us if you have any questions about meeting the prerequisites. 


Times when it's best not to attend a Weeklong Retreat

We can all find ourselves facing crises which cause us to be emotionally or psychologically stressed – times of great inner turmoil, depression, or grief. At these times, a Weeklong Retreat will be too intense. A Returnee Weekend Retreat or Online Workshop would be a better fit.

Fee

The standard fee is $700. The sliding scale is $575–$850.

The commuter fee (for program and meals, without accommodation) is $500.

Fee for Young Adults (20s and 30s)

The standard fee is $250. The sliding scale is $100–$400.

The commuter fee (for program and meals, without accommodation) is $250.

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're 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.

Refund

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 Saturday at 4 p.m. and ends on Friday at 2 p.m.

Check out a sample schedule.

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.

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.

“The weeklong retreat was a wonderful experience.  It would have taken me years to get the same benefit and advance my practice to the same level… It is so much easier to practice the 8 points when you are immersed in it and everyone else is doing it as well! The spiritual fellowship and nurturing atmosphere was amazing.”

Debbie, Westminster, Colorado

“Although I say this each time, this was my best retreat. I was more focused, and I was determined to establish new habits there to bring home, not huge ones, but do-able ones."

Chris, Palm Coast, Florida

"I have been attending the BMCM retreats almost every year since 1995. It is certainly a long way from Japan; however, it’s the most worthy trip that one could take. It opens a door to our deeper self and changes us for the better. Every retreat makes me healthier, more loving, and much happier."

Kimiko, Kyoto, Japan

“I went to this retreat expecting to receive inspiration for my practice. I came out not only with inspiration but also a deeper faith in the practice. I was in an environment where I was able to give myself permission to truly slow down and still my mind, to a degree much greater than I ever allow myself at home.“ 

Brad, Seattle, Washington

"I think the BMCM retreats offer the best retreat programs out there. I always feel so good and balanced after the retreats."

Steve, Clear Lake, 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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