New Year’s Retreat

with Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean

December 29, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean

Friday, December 29, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018
(three nights)

Gindling Hilltop Camp, Malibu, CA

$410 – $710 (sliding scale) for a double room.  $335 – $635 (sliding scale) for the dormitory.  This retreat is now FULL.  You may contact our registrar, Patty Washko ([email protected]), to inquire about being placed on the wait list.

The fees includes shared accommodations and all meals.  Anything you pay above the low end of the sliding scale will support the scholarship program and is tax-deductible.

The minimum amount you will pay for a scholarship is $175 for accommodations in the dormitory.

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 New Year’s 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 following Hemera Fellowships.  Click on the link for more information:


Healthcare Professionals



During this 3-day Insight meditation retreat, we will learn to develop a greater sense of understanding and care for ourselves through the revolutionary practice of the Dharma. Using a hybrid of mindfulness and compassion meditation techniques, we will learn to develop the heart of wisdom and compassion. Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, and group process.

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. This ancient path of awakening to our deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it. We hope that you will join us.

The retreat is suitable for new and experienced practitioners.

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.

Cheryl Slean has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1995. She was authorized to teach in 2007 and has offered mindfulness meditation and dharma at many venues including Seattle Insight, Against the Stream, Michael’s House, Refuge Recovery, Mindful Schools, Swedish Hospital, and Insight Community of the Desert. She’s received teacher training from Rodney Smith, Noah Levine and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC).