• Dana-based, please pay at any amount above zero.

Date & Time Details: 10am - 1pm (Pacific)

Contact: Big Bear Retreat Center

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[ONLINE] Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness: An Introduction

With Donald Rothberg and Tere Abdala

February 24, 2024

A very special online half day retreat

Saturday, February 24th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration closes February 23rd at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Donald Rothberg and Tere Abdala will also offer an on land full retreat on this same topic, all are invited to attend that retreat as well. 
The 7-day retreat takes place May 1 – 8, 2024, Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness

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This half-day online retreat will be a sample and introduction to Donald’s regular teachings on Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness that he has been offering since 2015, joined for the half-day and the 7-day retreat by Tere. If you are considering the May retreat this is a great option. There will be short talks, guided meditations and discussions.

This half-day retreat will be open to all levels of practice.

More on what to expect from the practice:

 In this retreat, we practice with three fundamental forms of practice, in a way the treasures of Buddhist tradition—developing stability and concentration; cultivating deep insight (into impermanence, dukkha or suffering, and not-self); and opening to non-dual, luminous awareness, all supported by metta (lovingkindness) and body practices.


Online Dana-based, pay at any amount above $0

About the Online Program

At registration will receive a link with a landing page for the online community that includes the zoom and schedule information for the online component of this program, along with any other helpful tips before, during, and after your retreat. This link will be emailed to you again 24 hours before your retreat.

Date and Time (all times Pacific)

February 24th, 10am – 1pm (PST)
*zoom link and more information will be available 24 hours before the retreat

For any questions please contact or visit our website

Cancellation Policy: Please visit our website for more on the cancellation policy for this retreat-

Dana-based On Line Retreat Cancellation Fee Schedule:

  • > 4 weeks   20%
  • <4 weeks    No Refunds

Teachers & Facilitators

Donald Rothberg
Donald Rothberg, PhD, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen, Mahamudra practice, the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and the Somatic Experiencing approach to working with trauma. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he currently writes and teaches classes, groups and retreats on insight and lovingkindness meditation, daily life practice, transforming the judgmental mind, wise speech, and socially engaged Buddhism. Donald has helped to guide six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality through Buddhist Peace Fellowship (the BASE Program), Saybrook Graduate School…
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Tere Abdala
Tere is second generation Mexican, with a Lebanese family background. She was born and lived in Mexico City almost all her life. There she became fascinated by Tibetan Buddhism. She moved to Los Angeles in 2002 with her now late husband and three young daughters. Once in LA, she met Trudy Goodman at InsightLA and decided to leave behind her Business career and interest in Geography to devote herself to her family, her personal growth, and the study and practice of Buddhism to enhance her life and the lives of others around her. In LA, Tere became a passionate painter.…
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