Creating Joy in Community Through the Practice of Gratitude and Equanimity
With Fresh "Lev" White, JD Doyle and René Rivera
June 12 - 16, 2024
A Retreat for Trans, Gender Nonconforming, Genderqueer, Non-binary and all gender expansive communities
A Silent Meditation Retreat
Please join our Mindfulness Retreat for Trans, Gender Nonconforming, Genderqueer, Non-binary and all Gender Expansive communities.
Wednesday, June 12th – Sunday, June 16th
Registration closes May 29th at 11:59pm Pacific Time
This 4-day retreat will be a space grounded in self-care and compassion supporting our healing and resilience at this time in this world.
We will offer meditation, mindful movement, and heart-centered practices based on Buddhist principles. Silence will be gently balanced with small and large group discussions. We will cultivate and deepen connections that support our resilience and joy.
This retreat, grounded in the Dharma, is open to all practitioners, and is available for all levels of meditation experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to practice in a space led and held by Trans and gender expansive individuals.
We will be creating an intentionally multiracial community with the aim of hosting at least 50% Black, Indigenous, Mixed-Race, and all People of Color (BIPOC). With this intention, the retreat will have an application process to prioritize registration from BIPOC folks. We also encourage other under-represented groups, such as trans femme, rural folks, and people with disabilities, to apply to create a diverse group reflective of our vibrant community. You will receive an email after you register with more information and confirmation when you are offered a space.
Retreat fees do not include dana (donations) offered to the teachers. There will be an opportunity to offer financial support to the teachers at the retreat.
Registration Fees: Sliding scale starting at $200, please pay at the highest tier in order to support accessibility for the greatest number of people. Your Generosity is appreciated.
Accessible Rate: $200
Sustainer Rate: $600
Benefactor Rate: $1,008 or more
Financial support: A limited number of financial support options are available. We ask that these be prioritized for those that identify as BIPOC, trans women, and trans femmes. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
*Registration will be limited to folks that identify as BIPOC first, to ensure 50% BIPOC at this retreat.
The Center consists of several single-story buildings and cabins for dining, meditation and sleeping. Our residence cabins are large furnished and comfortable with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, living rooms, a full kitchen and decks outside in nature for shared use. Our residential cabins and rooms are simply furnished with a balance of comfort and simplicity. All beds are twin, and all bedding is provided by the center.
The Meditation Hall:
Our beautiful meditation hall is a large room that accommodates most meditation and movement retreats. We have supplies for most participants, but guests are always welcome to bring their own supplies (not required). Guests can typically expect to have access to a zabutan (large cushion), zafu (small cushion), yoga mat, blocks, a meditation chair, a blanket and a selection of other yoga and meditation props with limited supplies. If you’re unsure, please contact us or visit our welcome guide for more details.
The Center provides fresh, healthy meals made with seasonal and organic ingredients to support a nourishing time in retreat. Meals begin with dinner on arrival evening through to breakfast on departure morning. For this retreat, meals will be offered to support meditation retreat practice with a simple medium breakfast, hearty lunch, and light dinner (typically soup and salad). All meals will be vegetarian, and we accommodate most major dietary restrictions. Snacks will be available in the dining hall 24/7, including teas and coffees. The Center has refrigerators in the cabins and dining area for guests to store their own snacks – please bring any foods that might support your time here.
As part of the Buddhist tradition, many teachers (including the teachers of this retreat) offer the teachings freely with no expectations of fees or payment. As a practice of generosity from the heart, participants are invited to offer “dana” (donations-generosity) to the teachers at the end of the retreat. There are no minimums, expectations, or guidelines. It is not required. Teachers do not receive retreat fees, apart from travel reimbursement support. Learn more here about the practice of dana.
Work Meditation: This retreat will include a daily work meditation service period, or “yogi jobs”, around 30-minutes a day. This is an opportunity to practice in service of community and bring your practice into daily roles at the center. If you have mobility or health concerns please reach out and we will find alternative accommodations. More details and a sign up sheet will be shared at registration.
Planning your trip: If you are booking a flight for your trip our recommendation is to search for flights to the Ontario Airport (ONT) whenever possible. If your travel plans require you to land at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) we highly recommend arriving at least one day prior to your arrival at BBRC for retreat. Registration opens on Arrival day from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Most retreats close by noon or later on departure day so please allow yourself adequate time for travel to the airport. Please visit our Getting to Big Bear page on our website for more detailed travel recommendations.
Ride-share: Ride-sharing / Carpooling is highly encouraged, and is one of the most convenient ways to travel to Big Bear Retreat Center. For this retreat we have set up a self-organized ride-share page that you can visit at anytime before, we will send email reminders closer to the retreat. Visit the ride-share page
Covid Policies: For this retreat we are requiring a proof of a negative rapid test on arrival day for all yogis, teachers and staff. A re-test will be required on the third day by dinner. Masking and vaccines are optional.
Guests are asked, when possible, to bring their own rapid tests or test before travel on arrival day. Tests will be provided by the center by request only.
For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website bigbearretreatcenter.org
Cancellation Policy: Please visit our website for more on the cancellation policy for this retreat- bigbearretreatcenter.org/cancellation-policy
- > 4 weeks 20%
- < 4 weeks No Refunds
Teachers & Facilitators
Fresh “Lev” White is a love and compassion activist. He offers mindfulness, coaching, mediation, and diversity trainings as tools for shifting towards more authentic, conscious, and passionate living, working with individuals, households, and professional teams. As a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC), and professional trainer, Lev has offered over 250 diversity trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond. Lev earned their coaching and leadership certifications through the Co-Active Training Institute. He is mindfully and lovingly grounded at the East Bay Meditation Center, in Oakland, CA, and a grateful graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership (CDL) and Dedicated…
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JD Doyle (they/them) served as Core Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, where they co-founded the Alphabet(LGBTQIA+) Sangha, and as Guiding Teacher at Insight Santa Cruz. They graduated from Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Retreat Teacher Training in 2020. They teach at sanghas across the US and in Canada. JD began studying and practicing Buddhism in 1995, at Insight Meditation Society and at Spirit Rock and continued with extensive retreat practice in Thailand and Burma in the Theravadan lineage. For over twenty-three years, they worked as a public-school teacher. JD holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Cornell University, a…
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René Rivera is a leader and bridge-builder, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a queer, mixed-race, trans man. René has been a student of the Dharma since 2004 and has been a part of the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) Alphabet Sangha since 2008. He has participated in the Commit to Dharma and Practice in Action programs at EBMC and the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock. René is a community teacher at EBMC and also offers meditation and mindfulness instruction at other centers such as Spirit Rock Meditation Center, SF…
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