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Weekend Retreat with Donald Rothberg

As of 8/14/22 - All in-person availability has been filled.  Online registration is still open.

Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life

White Heron Sangha welcomes you to a two day, in-person and online retreat with Donald Rothberg

In meditation as well as in daily life, “doing” and skillful effort are vital, and it’s important to learn better how to be more skillful in one’s efforts to be aware, wise, and compassionate in both meditation and daily life. On the other hand, it’s also central to learn better how simply to “be,” in meditation and daily life, to be able to let go of doing at times and become more receptive to life and the moment. Our doing, in other words, can sometimes be “overdone” and it can be helpful to inquire into any habitual sense that we have of being a “doer.”

In this non-residential weekend retreat, we will explore these themes in practice and discussion. We will also examine what is taught in many spiritual traditions, including the Buddhist tradition, that a central deeper expression both of meditation and daily life can be understood as a kind of profound “non-doing” that paradoxically can also be a basis for action and doing, a "doing coming out of a deep not-doing"!

The weekend will involve periods of silent practice, short talks, and discussion. It is recommended that participants have had basic mindfulness instructions and, if possible, have a regular mindfulness practice.

Donald Rothberg
Donald Rothberg, PhD, a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Center, and a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, teaches retreats and groups on concentration and insight meditation practice, lovingkindness practice, transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. He has practiced insight meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen, body-based psychotherapy, and trauma work. He has helped guide many six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith, and is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World, and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue.

Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:30AM - 4:30PM PST
Sunday, August 28, 2022  9:30 AM - 3:30PM PST


This hybrid retreat will be held in-person at the White Heron Sangha meditation center and on Zoom for those at home.

**An email with a link to the Retreat Home Page will be sent to registrants the day before the retreat begins. The Retreat Home Page will include the Zoom link and other retreat details.

In-person attendance will take place at the White Heron Sangha meditation center in Avila Village behind the Woodstone Marketplace, near the Bob Jones Trail. Parking is alongside the buildings with overflow parking behind Blue Heron Realty. Please do not park in front of the Woodstone Marketplace! See the arrows for parking in the 
Avila Village Aerial View. Our building is circled. Attendance will be limited due to covid. Before registering for in-person attendance, please read the full protocol here.

Dana: The teachings are offered freely. The retreat registration fee covers retreat expenses; none of the retreat fee goes to the teacher. Details on how to donate to the teacher and to support the White Heron Sangha will be provided at the retreat. We try to keep our retreat fees at a minimum so that you can be truly generous with your donation to the teacher. Plan on attending both days in order to fully appreciate the teachings. 

Registration: You must register online. Use the Register Now linkIf you are a member, make sure to log in to the website before registering to get the membership price. Payment can be made by credit card, or you can send a check to White Heron Sangha, PO Box 313, Avila Beach, CA 93424. Pre-registration and payment are required. The registration fee will be refunded in full if notice of cancellation is received at least one week prior to the retreat. Registration closes on August 26th at noon.


More information about White Heron Sangha retreats

Tea and light snacks will be provided; please bring a cup. Retreatants will provide their own lunch. Chairs and meditation cushions will be available. You might want to bring a shawl and extra cushions, if you use them. No dogs are allowed in the building except for service dogs. 

Saturday, August 27, 2022, 9:30 AM until Sunday, August 28, 2022, 3:30 PM
Hybrid - White Heron Meditation Center and Zoom
6615 Bay Laurel Pl.
Avila Beach, CA  93424

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Mick Malotte
Registration is required before Friday, August 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee