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

Each year’s retreat has a different theme, such as “Deepening Meditation” or “Changing Habits”. The theme shapes the readings, videos, and workshop content. Our 2017 theme is “Finding Equanimity: Entering Into Joy”.

Your mornings will include time for quiet study followed by interactive workshops, focusing on one of the eight points each day. You’ll find how each point can improve your daily life – and how all the points as a package can uncover your unique contribution to the world.

In the afternoons, you’ll have plenty of free time for optional activities like beach walks, garden work, and rest. Or take a break to sample some local ice-cream or the famous Tomales bakery!

By the end of the week you’ll have

  • Found new ways of integrating the eight points into your life
  • Absorbed yourself in Easwaran’s books and talks, hopefully finding answers to your challenges and questions
  • Developed a personal plan for taking the retreat home over the coming year
  • Enjoyed a balance of fun, spiritual companionship, and peaceful quiet time
  • Found out more about the BMCM and spent time at Ramagiri Ashram.

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


Note: The July 8–14, 2017 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.

If you are a young adult (late teens, 20s and 30s) living outside North America, the prerequisites are

  • Daily passage meditation and participation in the YA eSatsang during the past 12 months
and
  • Participation in at least two of the YA eSatsang’s video satsangs. (We consider these video satsangs to be the equivalent of a Returnee Weekend Retreat. We'll be extending our online programs for all ages over the next few years.)

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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