* * * Understanding the Body * * *

Intimacy, Steadiness and Wisdom from the 1st Foundations of Mindfulness

Note: To apply see the very bottom of this web page.

Thursday Afternoon Group (up to 20 students)
Program Dates: Sundays Sept 17th to Dec 3rd, 2022
Day Retreats: Sundays from 9:50am-5:30pm on Sept 17th, Oct 8th, Nov 5th, and Dec 3rd
Thursday Zoom Classes: 4:30pm-6:30pm Pacific Time

Description: A small group of 16-20 experienced students will meet once per week during a 12-week program. We will follow the Buddha's teachings on the 1st Foundations of Mindfulness with an emphasis on body based samadhi and insight practices.

Together we create a courageous practice period in the middle of our daily routines. With the support of the group and teachers, we explore the open, grounded and wise heart in what it truly means to have a human animal body.

This Program consists of four daylong retreats, weekly classes, and up to four private meetings with the teachers during the program. All times listed are for the pacific time zone.
Cost: $950-$750 sliding scale. Donation based, work exchange and scholarships offered for those with lower incomes.
Prerequisites: At least three silent residential week-long mindfulness, insight or loving-kindness retreats within the last five years.

For more information please contact our registrar email: tempeldpp [at] gmail.com

Tempel Smith began practicing intensive Insight and Metta retreats in 1989 under the guidance of Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Michele McDonald. He spent a year as a monk in Myanmar with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and has been teaching since 1997. He is the founder of BASE House, a collective of Buddhist activists and service providers. Tempel is on the Guiding Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, and leads the SRMC Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP).

Eleni Monos has spent more than two years in intensive silent retreat. In 2023 she completed over a year of continuous retreat and was invited into a four-year teacher training by her primary teacher Guy Armstrong. She is gratefully mentored by Guy and other beloved insight teachers including Kamala Masters, Sally Armstrong, Susie Harrington, Winnie Nazarko, Tempel Smith and Brian Lesage. Eleni is a graduate of Spirit Rock's Advanced Practitioner Program and a current participant in the first Nature Dharma Teacher Training program with Susie Harrington, Mark Coleman and Gil Fronsdal. Eleni is also a nurse who loves poetry, backpacking and bringing the practice out of doors.