Meaningful Life Retreat – West

The Meaningful Life – A Twelve Night Residential Retreat

George Haas & Chris Crotty

July 12 to July 24, 2016 (twelve nights)
** July 12 – July 18 (six nights)
** July 18 – July 24 (six nights)

** Priority will be given to those who are registering for the Full Retreat.  If space allows, there will be the option of registering for either the first 6 nights (Session 1) or the second 6 nights (Session 2).

Zaca Lake, Los Olivos, CA

Full Retreat (July 12 – 24) Sliding Scale: $1900 – $2300
First Session (July 12 – 18) Sliding Scale: $1000- $1400
Second Session (July 18 – 24) Sliding Scale: $1000- $1400

The low end of the sliding scale is what the retreat actually costs. Anything you pay above this on the sliding scale will support the scholarship program and is tax-deductible.

A very limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $1000 for the Full Retreat and $500 for a Single Session.

Scholarships.  All scholarship funds have been allocated for this retreat.  Please consider making payment arrangements if you need support to attend the retreat. If you are interested, please contact us.

If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, please CLICK HERE and indicate it is for the Meaningful Life West Coast 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 Comtemplative Fellowships for Healthcare Professionals. More info.


In this insight meditation retreat George and Chris will guide you through the four foundations of mindfulness, emphasizing radical self-acceptance, calm and clarity.  With a stable mind and open heart as a foundation, we will then explore aspects of relational mindfulness: how you connect to others, how you can be completely yourself in relationship and work; in other words, how to achieve a meaningful life.  Each morning will include Dharma teachings with meditation instructions. The afternoon will offer an opportunity for longer, uninterrupted practice, and evening sessions will focus on loving-kindness meditation. This retreat is open to beginners and ongoing practitioners, and is encouraged for anyone seeking to deepen their meditation practice and bring greater insight into their daily life.

Teacher Bios
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:

Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, adjunct professor in alternative medicine, and Hatha yoga instructor. He offers classes, workshops and retreats, and counseling and mentoring to individuals motivated to understand how contemplative practice can foster an awareness that serves both the reduction of suffering and the maturation of an authentic life. He is the guiding teacher at Against the Stream in Boston and recently completed teacher training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro.