Brensilver Retreat 2013



Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society

Refuge of the Heart with Matthew Brensilver

Joshua Tree

November 2013



Matthew Brensilver


 Thursday, Nov 21, 3:00 pm  – Sunday, Nov 24, noon (three nights)


Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Yucca Valley, CA



$325 – $525 (sliding scale).  The cost of the retreat is $325. Anything you pay above this amount on the sliding scale will support our scholarship program and is tax-deductible.

All rooms are shared. 


Camping is available $265 – $465 (sliding scale).


Some scholarships are available and the minimum scholarship payment is $175. We have limited scholarship funds 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.


If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, please CLICK HERE and indicate it is for the Fall Retreat at Joshua Tree. You can also indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha









Nobody tells us this when we’re growing up, but being human is kind of a big deal.  It feels great, it hurts, it’s intense. We know it won’t go on forever.  Given this, what kind of happiness is possible for us? 

 The Buddha suggested that we have underestimated the capacity of our heart.  Retreats help us remember.  We’ll sit together in the refuge provided by the teachings on wisdom and love.  In the silence, we come to know the preciousness of our life and the poignancy of the human condition.  From this openness, this willingness, this sincerity – so much goodness unfolds. 

The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, practice instructions and dharma talks.  All are welcome to attend. 


Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine and teaches at Against the Stream.  He is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program and is mentored by Gil Fronsdal.  He conducts research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine.