New Year’s Retreat

Liberation through Mindfulness:

Awakening into a New Year


Cheryl Slean and Dave Smith

Thursday December 29, 2016 – Sunday January 1, 2017 (three nights)

Shalom Institute, Malibu, CA

Double Occupancy: $395 – $695 (sliding scale).

Bunk Room: $290 – $590 (sliding scale).

Anything you pay above the lowest amount on the sliding scale will help to support our scholarship program and is tax-deductible. This fee includes all meals.

There are a very limited number of single rooms for an additional $200

Scholarships are available for a minimum payment of $200 for a double or $150 for a bunk room.

The teachers and retreat manager are offering their services on a dana basis and you will be given the opportunity to offer dana for them at the end of the retreat. Please feel free to write if you have any additional questions about this.

We currently have limited scholarship funds available and may not be able to support all who need a scholarship to attend. Please consider making payment arrangements if you need support to attend the retreat. If you are interested, please contact us. Download the forms to apply for a scholarship. This retreat is eligible for the 2016 Hemera Foundation Contemplative Fellowships. More info

If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, please CLICK HERE and indicate it is for the New Year’s Retreat. You can also indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha.

Hemera Foundation Contemplative Fellowships for Educators are available to people who currently work full-time in pre-K or K-12 education, or are enrolled in a Master’s degree program in education. These fellowships are available to anyone working full-time in a school setting; administrators working for school districts; and Master’s of Education students. More info

Hemera Foundation‘s Contemplative Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals is new this year. To be eligible for support, applicants must be employed full-time in a healthcare field, working primarily with patients/clients or overseeing other healthcare professionals. Additionally, applicants must never have attended a meditation retreat longer than a weekend. More info


You may now fill out the application electronically and then email back to Patty Washko at [email protected]


During this 3-day New Years’ Insight Meditation retreat we will cultivate deeper understanding of ourselves through gentle and sustained awareness of our breath, body, heart and mind. The meditation instructions will be based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in combination with exercises in Loving-kindness and Compassion. Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, interviews and some group process. In the peaceful, natural setting of the Malibu Hills, we’ll learn to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma.

This silent retreat will explore the many ways that true spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes Against the Stream of the confusion in this world. This ancient path of awakening our own deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it. The retreat is suitable for both beginning and more experienced practitioners. We hope you can join us for a beautiful beginning to the New Year!