Santikaro’s Retreat Schedule

Retreat offerings adapting as the year evolves. *Some retreats are in-person.*

For non-retreat teachings offered by Santikaro in 2022, please visit here.

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Kevala Retreat is grateful for our on-going partnership with Cloud Mountain. We are two small Dhamma practice centers doing what we can to stay open, safe, and ethical.

2022 Retreats: some on-line, some in-person

  • (On-Line) Anapanasati Retreat: Contemplating Citta-Mind-Heart – January 22-29
    This retreat will emphasize the “third tetrad” of mindfulness with breathing, which contemplates the nature of citta (mind, heart, psyche) as it experiences the breathing and everything connected with breathing. We will also review the basics of breathing, posture, attitude, and context. The emphasis throughout will be contemplation of mind’s nature. Retreat details here.
  • (On-Line) Contemplative Retreat: Birth, Aging, Illness, Death, Karma, & Fear in Covid Times – March 23-27
    This retreat takes up classic Buddhist themes for contemplation with the aim of disentangling from the pervasive fear that is tearing our society apart in the midst of anxious times. We will begin each day with a grounding and settling practice (guided meditation). These contemplation also foster compassion, equanimity, and gratitude.
  • (On-Line) Anapanasati Retreat: Contemplating dhammas, contemplating Dhamma – July 30 – August 6
    This retreat focuses on the ultimate section of Anapanasati — Dhamma — concluding the series begun with foundations in February 2021, then feeling tones last August, and mind-heart this past January. Now, we will explore how the previous explorations of breathing, body, vedanas, and citta culminate in sustained contemplation of the ephemeral nature of all experience, how habits of clinging fade and dissolve, the quenching that no longer supports egoistic reactivity, and the celebration of release. We will circle back to the earlier stages and domains, now directly contemplating them as Dhamma.
    Retreat details here Register here.

Kevala Retreat is a quiet, safe refuge for personal retreat. We are restricting numbers to allow adequate precautions, but retreat is still possible for up to three people at a time (more for groups that share a COVID bubble). We are happy to host you. Santikaro is in residence much of the time, but he is beginning to return to travel and teaching away from Kevala as conditions allow. Please email or call with questions about on-line or on-site personal retreats.

Kevala Retreat can host 3 people on-site to attend sessions in-person, meditate together, and share meals during on-line retreats. You must be fully vaccinated.


2021 Retreats

  • (On-Line) Mid-Winter Retreat with Refuges and ResourcesJanuary 27-31 (5 full days)
    The holidays are past, days are colder, nights are longer, and the pandemic continues. This can be a challenging time to sustain our Dhamma practice and live up to our inspired resolutions. Whatever the external conditions, we sustain ourselves by fostering Resources and Refuges to rekindle wholesome states of mind when bogged down, stumbling, or on autopilot. The Dhamma offers a web of resilience to tap into on a daily basis. Please read this PDF for more description and details.
  • (On-Line) Mindfulness with BreathingFebruary 22-27 (6 full days)
    Breath is life and mindfulness with breathing (anapanasati) is the foundation meditation of original Buddhism. Breath connects us with the here-now, webs of life that support us, and deeper realities of mind-body. This retreat will emphasize how breath shapes health, clear-calm mind, and insights. We’ll explore webs of relationship that involve breath and the cyclic, patterned nature of life. Please read this PDF for more description and details.
  • (On-Line) Brahma-Viharas, Divine, Immeasurable AbodesMarch 22-26 (5 full days)
    Through kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity our hearts release from deadening egoism. These “godly homes” — along with gratitude, forgiveness, trust, and respect — are beautiful alternatives to destructive emotions like envy and anger. These facets of love express our commitment to Dhamma in a world that’s often divisive, scary, and exploitative. By opening ourselves beyond petty ego fixations we embody the better world everyone deserves. Please read this PDF for more description and details.
  • (On-Line) Four Ennobling Realities (Ariya-Sacca): an introduction to the fundamental teachings – April 28-May 2 (5 full days)
    The Ariya-Sacca are truths that guide practice out from the suffering of a life bound up with craving and clinging into the freedom and peace of Dhamma-centered life. We will contemplate an important suttas (discourses of the Buddha) that illuminate the ennobling realities, our guides beyond the poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion. The retreat’s emphasis will be on contemplative reading and careful reflection. Please read this PDF for more description and details.
  • (On-Line) Healing from Divisiveness – hosted by Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community – May 15-16 (2 days)
    Santikaro will lead explorations of the “inner divisiveness” that bubbles up in all of us and draws us into outer conflicts. He will draw upon the many wonderful tools that Buddha-Dhamma offers for understanding and addressing the roots of division within each of us. Please follow this link for more information & to register.
  • (On-Line) Re-emergence into Life – hosted by Insight Chicago Meditation Community – June 1-6 (6 full days)
    Spring is a time of re-emergence: trees bud, flowers bloom, and birds return. For many reasons, this Spring will have much to celebrate. In Buddhist tradition, we celebrate by offering our practice to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha. This retreat will explore the following themes. Details are posted on the ICMC website and in this PDF. And register here.
  • (On-Line) Anapanasati Retreat: Contemplating Feeling Tones – August 14-21
    This retreat will emphasize the “second tetrad” of mindfulness with breathing, which contemplates the nature of vedanas such as pleasure, pain, satisfaction, joy, and well-being. We will also review the basics of breathing, posture, attitude, and context. Details will be posted soon. Please read this PDF for more description and details. Register here.
  • * In-Person Retreat at Cloud Mountain – September 17-23
    This retreat will be held in-person at Cloud Mountain (there’s space for 24 people with Covid protocols in place).
  • On-Line sponsored by Insight Chicago Meditation Community – October 21-24
    Details and registration will be through Insight Chicago’s website and Eventbrite for registration.
    Kevala Retreat can host 3 people on-site to attend sessions in-person, meditate together, and share meals. You must be fully vaccinated.

2020 On-Line Retreats

  • May 16 – 22 originally at Cloud Mountain (PDT) Details
  • June 25 – 28 with Brahma-Viharas, Divine, Immeasurable Abodes (CDT) Details
  • July 19 – 25 with Mindfulness with Breathing (Anapanasati) (CDT) Details
  • August 19-23 exploring The Five Bundles of Clinging Online (hosted by Heartwood Refuge, NC) Details
  • October 20-25 online with Dependent Co-Arising, Emptiness, and the Middle Way hosted by Insight Chicago (CDT)
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