Young Adult Weekend Meditation Retreat

Practice Meditation in a Vibrant Community in Tomales, California

Young Adult retreats (for late teens, 20s, and 30s) explore how to make your life a work of art. You’ll learn how meditation can help you right away to navigate life choices and find meaning and purpose.

Young Adult (late teens, 20s, 30s)
Retreat
Tomales, California, USA
3 days

Easwaran describes passage meditation as a “come-as-you-are party”, and our Young Adult (YA) retreats reflect that. Everyone is welcome, and we hope you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable from the start.

In a group of 15-25 people, you’ll take part in interactive workshops and exercises designed to help you practice what you learn.

There are two workshops – one for new passage meditators, and another for returnees. (All other activities are for the whole group.) There’s open time in the schedule, so you can rest or simply be on your own if you prefer.

New to Passage Meditation?

Your group will focus on how to meditate, and the benefits of passage meditation. There will be lots of time for getting your questions answered.

About our style: we’re enthusiastic about passage meditation because we’ve seen the tremendous benefits in our own lives. Our retreats are focused on passage meditation as an effective way to train your mind. Our retreats are practical and enjoyable.

By the end of the weekend you’ll have

  • Tried out passage meditation five times (each session is 30 minutes and you can meditate on a chair or on the floor)
  • Experienced the benefits of a quieter and calmer mind
  • Developed a personal plan for maintaining a successful practice at home (if you choose)
  • Experienced a balanced schedule of learning, rest, chats over home-cooked meals, and optional activities like “no-skills-required” informal volleyball games!

A Regular Passage Meditator?

Your group will focus on deepening your practice, discussing meditation mechanics, and answering questions such as: How can I keep my meditation consistent every day? When should I learn a new passage? How can I find spiritual fellowship when none of my friends meditate?

Your retreat will be facilitated by two BMCM presenters who are longtime passage meditators and have completed a five-year training program.

All are welcome. There are no prerequisites.

Fee

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 program.
  • 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 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.

“Retreats always feel just right for what I needed... The presenters did an excellent job and we had a great group, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I was so thankful to take part in the retreat.”

Antonio, Berkeley, California

“The retreats with a young adult focus really meet a need I have to be with other people my age trying to live up to our highest ideals. It’s really inspiring to share a weekend together. The friendships I make, and the practical ideas I get from the workshops, serve me so well when I return home!"

Kate, Vancouver, Canada

"I loved learning from the living example of the retreat facilitators.  Their commitment to the practice encouraged me in my own journey. I've never been as calm or centered as I was after the weekend retreat."

Laura, Denver, Colorado

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

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