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Going Against the Stream

Investigating Mindfulness and Early Buddhism

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

True spiritual practice is an act of rebellion—a radical engagement with life that goes against the stream of the confusion of this world. During this 5-day insight meditation retreat, we will focus our attention on breath, body, heart, and mind to engage fully with life as it is.

Guided by Buddhist meditation teacher Dave Smith and using the four foundations of mindfulness, we will spend each day engaging in:

  • Exercises in lovingkindness and compassion
  • Periods of sitting and walking meditation
  • Dharma talks
  • Interviews
  • Group processes.

Through a hybrid of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation techniques, we will experience the teachings and practices of early Buddhism and explore Buddhist psychology. We will learn how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma—the teachings of the Buddha. These practices can lead us on a path of meditative awareness and alleviate and end suffering.

We will leave with tools to engage with the breath and the five senses to become intimate with our thoughts, feelings, and emotions through an ancient, yet accessible path of awakening to our own deepest wisdom and compassion.

 

 

Dave Smith

October 8 - 13, 2017
Sunday-Friday , 5 nights

$395 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Registration Closed

Program Description

True spiritual practice is an act of rebellion—a radical engagement with life that goes against the stream of the confusion of this world. During this 5-day insight meditation retreat, we will focus our attention on breath, body, heart, and mind to engage fully with life as it is.

Guided by Buddhist meditation teacher Dave Smith and using the four foundations of mindfulness, we will spend each day engaging in:

  • Exercises in lovingkindness and compassion
  • Periods of sitting and walking meditation
  • Dharma talks
  • Interviews
  • Group processes.

Through a hybrid of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation techniques, we will experience the teachings and practices of early Buddhism and explore Buddhist psychology. We will learn how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma—the teachings of the Buddha. These practices can lead us on a path of meditative awareness and alleviate and end suffering.

We will leave with tools to engage with the breath and the five senses to become intimate with our thoughts, feelings, and emotions through an ancient, yet accessible path of awakening to our own deepest wisdom and compassion.

 

 

Faculty Bio

Dave Smith

Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher and addiction treatment specialist trained to teach by Noah Levine, founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He has also received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

As a longtime Buddhist practitioner and recovering addict, he has been working closely with recovering addicts for the past six years, during which time he operated intensive programs and trainings as the local director for the Mind Body Awareness Project.

Dave has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers, and addiction treatment facilities. He is the guiding teacher and program director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year.

He provides direct services for mental health agencies and public libraries, and speaks regularly at addiction and behavioral health conferences.

Why Attend

  • Challenge the status quo of confusion by taking time to be with yourself, heal, reflect, and connect.

  • Develop self-discipline, self-acceptance, gratitude, and forgiveness as an act of rebellion.

  • Get a jump-start to integrating mindfulness into your life in a meaningful way by engaging in direct experience of life.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • What to Wear

    Loose, comfortable clothing

Accommodations

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
Weeknight rates from $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Weeknight rates from $175.

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
Weeknight rates from $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
Weeknight rates from $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in mid-February 2018.
Weeknight rates from $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
Weeknight rates from $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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