Liberation Through Mindfulness

Dave Smith and Deborah Eden Tull

Thursday August 18 to Sunday August 21, 2016
(three nights)

Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA


$335 – $665 (sliding scale). The cost of the retreat is $335 which includes room and board. Anything you pay above this on the sliding scale will support the scholarship program and is tax-deductible.

There are a very limited number of single rooms available for an additional $250.

The minimum amount you will pay for a scholarship is $175.

Our scholarship funds are limited and may not be able to support all who need one 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 Liberation Through Mindfulness retreat. You also can indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha.

The teachers and retreat manager are offering their services on a dana basis and you have 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.

This retreat is eligible for the Hemera Foundation Contemplative Fellowships for Educators.  These 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. More info.

It is also eligible for the Hemera Foundation Comtempletive Fellowships for Healthcare Professionals. More info.


During this four-day meditation retreat, we will focus our attention on the breath, body, heart, and mind.  The instructions will be based upon 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 mindful inquiry.

Eden and Dave will draw on the teachings from their core practices of Theravada and Zen, and offer an experience of the teachings of early Buddhism.  We will learn how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary practices of the dharma.  These practices will guide us to a path of meditative awareness, which eases and alleviates human suffering.  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 of this world and is, therefore, an act of rebellion. This ancient path of awakening our own deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it.  We hope that you will join us.

Teacher Bios
Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. Dave is empowered to teach Buddhist meditation by Noah Levine. As a long-time Buddhist practitioner and recovering addict, Dave has been working closely with recovering addicts for over six years. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the founder of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. In 2015 Dave relocated to Los Angeles where he teaches a class Sunday evenings at Against the Stream Santa Monica.

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. She is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, public speaker, author, activist, and sustainability consultant. She spent 7 years as a Buddhist monk at a silent monastery and teaches engaged dharma practice nationally. See more at