Insight Getaway for Women
January 11 – 14, 2018
JoAnna Harper and Mary Stancavage
Thursday, January 11, 3:00 pm – Sunday, January 14, 11:00 am (three nights)
Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Yucca Valley, CA
$325-$625 (sliding scale). Anything you pay above the lowest amount on the sliding scale will support help to support our scholarship program and is tax-deductible. This fee includes shared accommodations and all meals. Please note: we cannot accommodate special requests for housing. We ask that you register in the spirit of taking what is freely offered.
A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional fee of $175.
Camping is available $255-$555 (sliding scale). This includes all meals and access to shower facilities.
Scholarships are available for a minimum payment of $175.
The teachers 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.
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 Women’s Retreat. You can also indicate if the donation is for a specific person or sangha.
This retreat is eligible for the following Hemera Fellowships. Click on the link for more information:
This Insight Getaway will be a chance to experience an extended period of meditation that is so vital to our practice. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, with instructions and daily dharma talks held in a safe container of loving kindness. Retreats offer the opportunity to move deeply into our experience and know the poignancy of the human condition and the capacity of the heart. This form of practice supports our deepest intention to be free. Join us for what promises to be a wonderful experience. This retreat will be held in noble silence.
JoAnna Harper has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation, which is the premise for most of her current teaching. She teaches; adult and teen weeklong silent retreats, day longs and weekly classes, and works with at risk youth and non at risk youth in institutional and school settings. Helping communities and individuals that don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings and building multicultural community is top on her list of priorities. She is an empowered teacher in the Spirit Rock, IMS lineage. She is the grateful mother of CJ and Harris – her main inspirations.
Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years. She began studying with Noah Levine in 2005, and in 2009 completed his first teacher training program. She currently serves as Program Director of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. In January 2016 she became Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project. She has taught meditation at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has a weekly class at ATS. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. Mary sits on the board of the Buddhist Insight Network. In addition, Mary has a Masters from UCLA, and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.