* * * Cultivating Our Courageous Hearts * * *

Deepening the heart's capacity for loving connection with ourselves and with others


Note: To apply to either the Wednesday or Thursday group, see the very bottom of this web page.

Wednesday Night Group Program Dates: Sunday, January 31st to Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Day Retreats Sundays from 9:50am-5:30pm on Jan 31st, March 7th, Apr 11th, and May 2nd
Wednesday Zoom Classes: 6:30pm-8:30pm online

Thursday Afternoon Group Program Dates: Sunday, February 7th to Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Day Retreats: Sundays from 9:50am-5:30pm on Feb 7th, March 14th, Apr 18th, and Saturday, May 8th
Thursday Zoom Classes: 4:30pm-6:30pm online

Description: A small group of 16 experienced students will meet once per week during a 12-week program. We will follow the Buddha's teachings on the four Brahma viharas (sacred refuges) and cultivate greater kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity in our relationship with ourselves and with others.

Together we create a courageous practice period in the middle of our daily routines. With the support of the group and the teachers, we explore the Brahma vihara practices to purify, strengthen, and deepen heart based wisdom. These Brahma viharas will be taught in the context of liberation from within our house holder lives.

In these spring and fall intensives we gather to create a courageous practice period in the very midst of our daily life. With the support of the group, the teachers, and the Buddha's teachings we can all take steps more fully into the noble eight fold way. During a program like this we discover our ordinary home lives can be a place of cultivating the greater freedom and ease of the 3rd noble truth - the end of dukkha (suffering and discontent).

This Program consists of four daylong retreats, weekly classes, and up to four private meetings with the teachers during the program. All times listed are for the pacific time zone.
Cost: $950-$750 sliding scale. Work exchange and scholarships offered for those with lower incomes.
Prerequisites: At least three silent week-long mindfulness, insight or loving-kindness retreats within the last five years.

For more information please contact our registrar email: tempeldpp [at] gmail.com


Tempel Smith began practicing intensive Insight and Metta retreats in 1989 under the guidance of Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Michele McDonald. He spent a year as a monk in Myanmar with Sayadaw U Pandita and Pa Auk Sayadaw, and has been teaching since 1997. He is the founder of BASE House, a collective of Buddhist activists and service providers. Tempel is on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, and leads the SRMC Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP).

Kristina Baré has trained as a psychologist and Somatic Experiencing (R) practitioner. She has practiced Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition the last 12 years. In 2019/20 she spend 6 months in intensive retreat practice at the Forest Refuge and in self-retreat under the guidance of her teacher Marcia Rose. The last years she has practiced in the Pa Auk Sayadaw tradition with a focus on Anapanasati and loving-kindness. She is being mentored by Marcia Rose to teach meditation retreats in the Theravada tradition. .


___________________________________________________________