George Haas Retreat

The Meaningful Life – A Seven Night Residential Retreat

This retreat is FULL and there is a waitlist


George Haas

Sunday July 19 to Sunday July 26, 2015
(seven nights)

Zaca Lake, Los Olivos, CA

$650 – $1,150 (sliding scale). The cost of the retreat is $650. Anything you pay above this on the sliding scale will support the scholarship program and is tax-deductible. All rooms are shared. Some scholarships are available and the minimum scholarship payment is $325.
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 Meaningful Life Retreat. You can also indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha.
The teacher and staff (cooks 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.



The retreat is currently full. If you apply you will be placed on a waiting list.


This retreat is based on George’s Meaningful Life course. The teachings offered will enable you to use your meditation practice as a way to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now, without wanting to change anything. Using John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect to others, you will investigate how you can be completely yourself in your relationship with others and with your work. In other words, have a meaningful life.
There will be a class each morning along with meditation instructions. And there will be metta practice each afternoon. This retreat offers the opportunity to experience extended practice periods and time to investigate your experience which is often not available in our daily life.

Teacher Bio
George Haas began his path with a period of light-weight spiritual seeking (and heavy-duty drug and alcohol use). In 1978, he began a serious exploration of the 11th step of the 12-Step tradition, working primarily with concentration to reduce the anxiety of living sober. In an effort to make sense out of, and live with, the mounting AIDS deaths of the 1980s, Mr. Haas began walking the Red Road (traditional Native American spiritual practices) and reading Buddhist texts. Moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan in 1992 to work in the film and photography trades, George began sitting Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and reading extensively. In 1998, he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, and Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. George teaches regularly at ATS. He offers a guided-meditation via conference call Monday through Saturday mornings, 7:30-7:55am, and teaches privately via Skype, phone, email, text & IM, which Los Angeles Magazine included on its Best of LA 2011 list as “Best Online Buddhist Meditation.” For more information check out his website: