Program Details

Touching the Ground of Goodness: Week-long Meditation Retreat at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center

with Jesse Miller
May 19 / 6:00 PM - May 26 / 1:00 PM

“By focusing the mind and feeling the heart, we increase our ability to connect with goodness.  So we take a moment to gather our senses into our heart and feel what it means to be worthy.  That ignites confidence, the spark of awakened energy. Our life is illuminated by this healthy glow.”  

– Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

Please join us for a week-long meditation retreat (weekthun) at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, a beautiful retreat center in Sonoma County with strong ties to the Shambhala community. The retreat will include two practice tracks:

1. A sitting meditation track led by Jesse Miller. Anyone can participate in this track, which will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, talks and discussion, and meetings with a meditation instructor.

2. A Vajrayana track providing an opportunity for Vajrayana practitioners to join together for group practice, including Rigden or Kagyü ngöndro, Werma or other practices. This track will include recorded talks (which will be selected based on the practice focus of the participants) and time for study and discussion.

The price of the retreat includes lodging and three delicious vegetarian meals a day. There are two options for attending the retreat: full attendance (7 nights), or a long weekend option over Memorial Day weekend (3 nights from May 23-26). The retreat will begin with dinner on May 19, and will end with lunch on May 26 (long weekend option will begin with dinner on May 23).

Schedule (subject to change)

May 19: 6-9 p.m.

May 20-258 a.m. to 9 p.m.

May 26: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Registration deadline: April 30


Contact: Diana Shane: dianashane [at] ymail [dot] com

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds after May 12. If you cancel prior to May 12 you will receive a full refund less a $15 processing fee.

“When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself.”

– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
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