We are pleased you are interested in applying for either the 1-month or the 2-month retreats.
Open Enrollment Period: Applications are being accepted July 15 – September 6, 2021. Applications received after this date will be on a wait list for a second round of notifications if space is still available. It is very likley that scholarships will not be available for waitlisted applicants.
Applications will be reviewed by Spirit Rock staff and teachers September 10 - 27. Notifications will be sent out the week of September 27th. You will be notified during this week whether you have been accepted into the retreat or placed on a waitlist.
Important Things to Know:
All staff, teachers, and practitioners must be fully vaccinated with vaccines for COVID-19 two weeks or more before arrival. You will be required to upload proof of vaccination during this application process.
We’ve made a few changes to our retreat operations given the pandemic.
COVID Safety protocols. Learn more.
For 2022 monthlong retreats, ALL PARTICIPANTS will have a single room.
Applicants must meet the prerequisite BEFORE applying. Online retreat experience does not meet the prerequisite.
You will be asked to upload a photo of yourself ("selfie").
This is not an opportunity for a self-retreat and practitioners are expected to follow teacher’s instructions related to Vipassana (Insight Meditation).
We will prioritize BIPOC, Young Adults (age 18 - 32 yrs), and LGBTQI applicants, as well as folks whose retreat was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic (March and Two-month retreatants only); as space allows.
This application may take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete depending upon your situation and your preparation. Submit only ONE application.
To make the application process go more quickly, we recommend that you gather the necessary information to fill out the application prior to sitting down and filling it out.
Things like: a digital photo of yourself, a digital photo of your vaccination card, a list of your retreat experience (teachers, # of retreat nights for each, what style of retreat [metta, concentration, if applicable], location & year of each retreat), provide emergency contact information, therapist name & contact, if applicable.
Prerequisites for One-Month Retreats (28-night retreat): BEFORE applying, you must have completed at least 14 nights of silent residential retreat time. This retreat time must include a minimum of two (2) silent residential retreats with each of these six (6) nights or longer.
Prerequisites for Two-Month Retreat (56-night retreat): BEFORE applying, you must have completed at least 21 nights of silent residential retreat time. This retreat time must include a minimum of three (3) silent residential retreats with each of these six (6) nights or longer.
Other Important Notes About Prerequisites: These retreats must have been led by Spirit Rock, IMS, or IRC teachers, or other recognized Insight Meditation teachers. Previous retreats must be silent residential retreats and have a similar format to this retreat, with instructions, practices and talks focused on Insight Meditation. Online retreats DO NOT qualify for these retreat prerequisites. DO NOT list retreats you will attend in the "future".
When applying, you will need to provide the teachers' names, dates, location, length (# of nights), and style of the retreats.