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August 12-16, 2020

Bay Area Residential Retreat with Frank Ostaseski

This annual meditation retreat is an invitation to both deepen your meditation practice and develop an on-going practice relationship with the teacher Frank Ostaseski. Enrollment in this retreat to a maximum of 55 participants.

Retreat Times & Dates:
The retreat will begin at 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 and finish at 12:00pm on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Participants are welcome to arrive by 3pm on the first day.

Retreat Description

In this retreat, we will engage in formal periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as the practice of inquiry. Our primary practice will be Mindfulness Meditation a simple technique that has been developed over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath, the practice concentrates and calms the mind and body. It allows us to see through the mind's conditioning and free ourselves of habitual behaviors thereby allowing us to live more fully present in this moment.

Inquiry is an interactive practice done in dyads or triads where we practice mindful presence in speaking and listening while investigating our immediate experience. Inquiry is a process that helps us explore the obscurations to contact with our more essential nature through a dynamic questioning, observing and feeling.

This retreat is held in silence except for the inquiry sessions and interviews with the teacher. Our days will include scheduled periods of sitting and walking meditation and mindful movement to help us connect body, mind and heart. The retreat will also include meditation instruction, teachings, small group interviews, inquiry exercises, and discussions.

Basic Guidelines for Participation in this Retreat:
Priority is given to applicants who meet these basic criteria.

  • Previous participation in a residential program with the teacher
  • Commitment to sustain a regular meditation practice
  • Expressed interest in maintaining on-going practice relationship with the teacher
  • Expressed interest in participation in post retreat "Dharma Dialogue" telephone conferences during the year following the retreat (separate cost and registration process).

We anticipate this retreat will fill quickly. We encourage you to apply early. Anyone wishing to attend the retreat must complete an online registration form. Full payment is required on registration to secure your place in the retreat.


$775.00 per person includes shared accommodations, 11 meals and an honorarium for the teacher. Single occupancy is $950. Full payment is required on acceptance. Participants will be asked to make a traditional donation (dana) to support the retreat managers for their generous efforts both before and during the retreat.

Santa Sabina Retreat Center

Retreat Site & Accommodations
The retreat will be held at the Santa Sabina Retreat Center in San Rafael CA. It is located just 30 minutes north of San Francisco and one hour by airporter bus from either San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport. Accommodations include a limited number of single rooms and shared rooms. Priority for single rooms will be given to those with health needs. Registration information will address accommodation assignments. Men and women are accommodated separately. The facility is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator.

Santa Sabina Retreat Center

Santa Sabina provides three meals each day, a large fruit bowl, coffee and tea. Some meals will include fish and chicken but a vegetarian option will always be available. Evening meal will be intentionally light... generally soup and salad. There is also a small refrigerator where you can store personal food items. Registration information will address special dietary needs.

Refund Policy
Cancellations received before June 1, 2020: All payments are refunded less a $50 processing fee.
Cancellations received after June 1, 2020: No Refunds except for emergencies

More information Contact: Gregg Ruskusky (Retreat Manager)
Telephone: 503 489 7782