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Nonresidential Meditation Retreat with

Spirit Rock Teacher Howard Cohn

June 9-10, 2017

Saturday:  9 am – 5 pm

Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm

UCSB West Campus Conference Center, Goleta

(Registration and location info below)

$40 for both days, $25 one day

(students $25/$15)

Awareness is your Best Friend

Howard tells us that a teacher once told him, “Marry the one who won’t divorce you!” referring to something unconditional, indestructible and reliable within us that can’t be taken away. We all look for a reliable refuge, something or someone we can completely trust in. We often look for this refuge in things, people and situations that leave us dissatisfied and frustrated. Buddhism suggests that the reliable refuge is the nature of our own mind. We can learn to trust awareness as the source of happiness, peace and freedom. In this retreat we will cultivate awareness through practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, talks, and time for questions.   

Howard is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, has practiced meditation since 1972, and has led Vipassana retreats for over 30 years. He’s known by students for his kindheartedness and warm sense of humor. Howie has studied with many Asian and western teachers in Theravada, Zen, Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta traditions, and is strongly influenced by his time spent with the Indian master H.W.L. Poonja.

Dana–This retreat is offered on a “dana” or donation basis. The registration fee covers only the teacher’s travel expenses, facilities rental, and the costs of holding the retreat itself.  There will be an opportunity to offer dana to Howard for his teaching at the retreat.  Teachers depend on the generosity of students for their livelihood and ability to continue teaching.  Please be generous.

Please remember to:

-Bring your own lunch each day. Fridge and microwave are not available.

-Tea and cookies will be provided.

-Wear loose, comfortable, modest clothing.

-Supply your own meditation cushion and/or bench. Chairs will be provided. The floor is carpeted but a zabuton or pad may be helpful if you wish to bring one.

-Please do not wear scented lotions/perfumes or jangly items.

Directions and Parking:

Click here for a map

This is on the old Devereaux School property out near Cliff House by the beach for those of you who remember Howard’s first few retreats in Santa Barbara.  From the 101 Freeway take the Glen Annie/Storke Road off ramp and turn south toward the ocean onto Storke Road.  Storke Road ends at a stoplight near two tall dormitory towers, and makes an abrupt left turn to become El Colegio Road. Do not turn onto El Colegio, but instead go straight through the light and bear to the right onto Slough Road. Follow it about 0.7 miles around the edge of the lagoon, always keeping to the right until the road ends at a locked gate. Turn left into the center complex right before the gate.

Buy a parking permit each day for $4 at the dispenser at the first parking lot or from a volunteer on the road. Cash is faster and recommended but  the machine also accepts credit cards. If the lot is full, buy a permit first and then continue down the road for more parking spots. Display the permit on your dash. Do not park without a parking permit or you will receive a ticket. Follow the signs to the Retreat Center.  Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to settle parking permits and make the walk to the retreat building.

To Register: Send fee (checks payable to Open Door Sangha), phone number and e-mail address to: Hugh Michaels, 7295 Alameda Ave., Goleta, CA 93117.  On-site registration will also be available at the retreat venue Saturday and Sunday mornings. Contact for questions:

Howard will also be giving a public talk at 7pm Friday June 9th at Unity of Santa Barbara, 227 East Arrellaga.