Retreats and Daylongs

The Undefended Heart: On the Path to Freedom

with Mary Stancavage and Sydney Reece & Harry Um (assistants)

Aug 14-18, 2019

This five day retreat will be an opportunity to turn towards ourselves with kindness and compassion as we utilize mindfulness to see how we armor ourselves and begin to let go. A beautiful definition of equanimity is the ability to be intimate with our deepest experience without preference which is also the definition of an undefended heart.

This is a chance to experience an extended period of meditation that is so vital to our practice. Retreats offer the opportunity to move deeply into our experience and know the poignancy of the human condition and the capacity of the heart. This form of practice supports our deepest intention to be free. This retreat will be held primarily in noble silence.

There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation with instructions, Q&A, relational practice and meetings with teachers. It is suitable for all levels of practitioner.


Big Bear Retreat Center
1000 Sugarpine Rd., Big Bear City, CA, 92314


The retreat fees are tiered and we ask that you pay at the highest level you can afford. The Base rate is our cost for room, board (three vegetarian meals per day) and expenses. Anything you pay above the base will allow us to create a fund to provide scholarship support for those who might not otherwise be able to attend and to create a fund for future retreats. The teacher and manager are not being paid and there will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) at the end of the retreat.  You can pay for the retreat in at once or make payment arrangements. Please contact us if you would like to spread out the payments.  A limited number of single rooms with shared bath are available for an additional $400
Base: $525
Sponsor: $600
Supporter: $700
Benefactor: $825


We have some scholarship funds available for those who need support to attend this retreat. We understand the financial challenges associated with attending a residential retreat and hope to make it possible for as many people as possible to attend. We are especially aware of the issues faced by traditionally marginalized communities such as POC and LGBTQI. Please click HERE to apply.


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