Winter Retreat

with George Haas

Dec 26 – Jan 6 (11 Nights) –
Dec 26 – Jan 1 (6 Nights) –
Jan 1 – Jan 6 (5 Nights) –

You will have the option of coming to all or part of the retreat. You can register for the entire 11 nights, or for the first session or for the second session. Priority placement will be for those staying for the entire retreat.

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Santa Barbara, CA
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Full Retreat (Dec 26 – Jan 6) Sliding Scale: $1,550-$1,950
First Session (Dec 26 – Jan 1) Sliding Scale: $950-$1,350
Second Session (Jan 1 – Jan 6) Sliding Scale: $830-$1,230

The above fees are for a shared room (triple). Some single rooms are available for an additional $700 for the Full Retreat, or $350 for the First Session and $315 for the Second Session.

The lower end of the sliding scale is what the retreat costs. Whatever you pay above the low end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to Against the Stream.

Scholarships are available for a minimum payment of $975 for the Full Retreat and $510 for the First Session and $465 for the Second Session Session Two.

The teacher 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. Cooks’ fees are included in the cost of the retreat.

We currently have limited scholarship funds available 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 Winter Retreat with George Haas. You can also indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha.

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. These are available to  those employed full-time in a healthcare field, working primarily with patients/clients or overseeing other healthcare professionals. Additionally, applicants must never have attended a meditation retreat longer than a weekend. More info.


You may now fill out the application electronically and then email back to Patty Washko at [email protected]


In this insight meditation retreat George 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.