San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This Residential Retreat
At the heart of practice is the union of wisdom and compassion, cultivated through mindfulness and a skillful response to life. Through developing the qualities of the heart and seeing clearly, we can more easily know and let go of our habitual attachments and reactions, making peace with life as it is.
We will create a monastic environment during our time together, offering this opportunity to explore the Dharma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat.
- Supporting (paying to support the cost of the retreat to SBMG and support scholarships) -- $465
- Sustaining (paying for the retreat at cost) -- $400
- Supported (paying slightly below cost) -- $365
- If none of these tiers work for you, there are opportunities to apply for a scholarship. Please contact the registrar here
- Scholarship applications are DUE on February 27, 2017
- Please note that this retreat is limited to 65 retreatants.
- There is no guarantee of a single room. One of the residence buildings, Oak Hall, is a LEED-certified building, has 12 rooms (6 rooms per floor), with one floor dedicated for men and one for women. This building absolutely requires a roommate.
- The Jesuit Center offers vegetarian food.
Your teachers and staff for this retreat are paid only through your donations. The registration fee below only covers accommodations, meals, and certain administrative expenses. At the end of the retreat, please share generously so that these kinds of events can continue in the future and your teachers can be well supported in their livelihoods.
Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and has a multifaceted background in hotel management, cultural anthropology and avant-garde dance theatre. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has practiced meditation for over 25 years and trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Since meeting Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche in 2002, she also integrates Dzogchen teachings into her practice.
Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, where she resides since 2009 and received bhikkhuni ordination in 2011. She is particularly interested in learning from nature and bringing faith traditions to the climate movement.
Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, when she moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women.
Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and through nature’s pure and immediate Dhamma. In 2011 she took full Bhikkhuni Ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path given by the Buddha.
Registrar Contact Information
For all information about financial aid, payment plans, contact information, or registering directly via email, please contact registrar Angela Scarlett at email@example.com or 916-612-8442.
SBMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group
We seek to foster peace, wisdom and compassion in ourselves and in the world around us.Our Intention
We seek to reduce suffering for ourselves and for all beings.
We seek to provide a place of refuge and stability for the cultivation of mindfulness.
The Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group was formed in January, 1991 as a service to the Sacramento community. Our purpose is to create and sustain a spiritual community (Sangha) and to serve the Sangha by introducing and supporting meditation practice. We provide opportunities to meet and work with trained Dharma teachers who offer a range of Buddhist practices and ideas.
Our central activity is a Sunday evening gathering which consists of a 40-minute silent meditation period followed by a talk by a visiting teacher or a Sangha member. It is our intention that presentations by Sangha members be based on their experience as students of meditation. We also regularly sponsor one-day meditation retreats.
All Sangha activities are sustained through the practice of generosity (dana).
It is our ongoing intention to build a community which is safe, open, wholesome and healing in tone and which is democratic and non-hierarchical in structure. Sangha activities are organized by a Board and various committees whose monthly meetings are open for participation or observation to anyone in the Sangha.