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Testimonials from past retreat guests

  • I highly recommend the Big Bear Retreat location due to its beauty, comfort, facilities and ability to go on walks in the forest. Everything was well organized and thoughtful.

    Retreat Guest
  • This was an absolutely wonderful retreat experience.  The environment at Big Bear Retreat Center is relaxing and beautiful, with hiking trails and serene natural views everywhere.  The vegetarian meals were outstanding…each dish seemed prepared with care and love, and full of flavor.  The staff was professional yet warm and approachable. I will go back again and again!

    Anne
    Anne Calm Abiding Insight Meditation Retreat with Beth Sternlieb and Eric McCullum (InsightLA), May 2022
  • The meals were INCREDIBLE. Hands down the highlight of the whole experience. Honestly, I was blown away by the quality of the food, both taste and health wise.

    Retreat Guest
  • BBRC and InsightLA put on the most incredible silent retreat. I am encouraging all my interested friends to sign up- it is life-changing.

    Retreat Guest Spring Renewal Insight Meditation Retreat with Christiane Wolf and Celeste Young (InsightLA), April 2022
  • The natural beauty of Big Bear Retreat Center offers the perfect space to feel interconnected to all life and to open to the beautiful teachings we experienced this week.  The cabins, meditation hall, food, and  staff all supported our opportunity to become still and stable, to open our hearts to all of life.  Thank you for this beautiful experience.  I'll be back. 

    Cheryl
    Cheryl Calm Abiding Insight Meditation Retreat with Beth Sternlieb and Eric McCullum (InsightLA), May 2022
  • BBRC and its staff make the retreat experience seamless and magical at every turn. The chefs prepare meals that are the embodiment of love and nourishment for this practice. The teachers are supportive and generous with their time, and find the balance between stimulating and calming the mind with the dharma.

    Retreat Guest Calm Abiding Insight Meditation Retreat with Beth Sternlieb and Eric McCullum (InsightLA), May 2022
  • Big Bear Retreat Center has quickly become of my favorite places to teach and retreat. The extraordinary mountains and unspoiled landscape create the perfect container for meditating in a natural environment away from the busyness of urban areas. The staff is professional, attentive and compassionate. The food is delicious and nutritious. I love sitting in the spacious, peaceful meditation hall, hiking the trails and looking out at the long-range views. I recommend Big Bear to everyone who appreciates retreating in nature with a kind, compassionate staff and community.

    Lisa Ernst
    Lisa Ernst Teacher, InsightLA
  • I found refuge sitting on the mountain.

    Retreat Guest Four Foundations of Mindfulness Insight Meditation Retreat with Christiane Wolf and Greg Serpa (InsightLA), May 2022
  • The meals at BBRC were top of the line. The food was comparable to restaurant-quality dining. The fact that it was vegetarian and vegan was unbelievable. One of the best parts of the center.

    Retreat Guest
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Retreat Calendar

SUMMER

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2024

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ONLINE: June 23, 2024 (10am-1pm)

The Dharma is Made for These Times:
An Exploration of the 4 Distortions of Perception

Ayya Santacitta and Celeste Young

Sunday, June 23, 2024 (10am – 1pm Pacific)

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Flexible dates

Individual and Group Retreats

Comfortable accommodations, nourishing meals, and limited well-being programming. The perfect solo or small group trip to restore and reconnect with nature.

2-night minimum.

Double room: $150/night
Single room shared bath: $190/night
Single room private bath: $230/night
Entire cabin (3bd, 2ba): $570/night up to 3 people
*$150/person/night for each additional cabin guest

March 14 – 18

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ONLINE: Saturday March 30, 2024 (12pm - 1:30pm)

Q&A with the Teachers:
Buddhism and recovering from addiction, habitual behaviors, strong emotions and illness

Vimalasara and Kevin Griffin

Saturday, March 30, 2024 (12pm Pacific)

ONLINE: Sunday June 23, 2024 (10am-1pm)

Half Day Online Retreat:
The Dharma is Made for These Times:
An Exploration of the 4 Distortions of Perception

Ayya Santacitta and Celeste Young

Sunday, June 23, 2024 (10am – 1pm Pacific)

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FEBRUARY

ONLINE: February 16, 2024 (7pm-8:30pm)

[ONLINE DHARMA TALK]
All Up In My Feelings: Developing A Language For Emotional Awareness

Eve Ekman

Friday, February 16, 2024 (7pm – 8:30pm Pacific)

ONLINE: February 24, 2024 (10am-1pm)

[ONLINE HALF-DAY]
Settling, Seeing and Spacious Awareness

Donald Rothberg and Tere Abdala

Saturday, February 24, 2024 (10am – 1pm  Pacific)

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MARCH

April 11 - 14, 2024

Exploring Emotional Balance:
A Weekend Retreat

Eve Ekman and Ryan Redman

[Hybrid Retreat: In-Person + Online Options]

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Starts: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Ends: Sunday, April 14, 2024

On-land: $800 | $950 | $1,125

Online: $150 | $250 | $300

*teacher compensation included in rates*

Includes teaching sessions, meditation, and periods of silence.

Give it a try! Eve offers a sample of the program here with the Handshake with Emotions Practice:

APRIL

April 15 - 21, 2024

Deep Belonging:
Connecting with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Natural World
a silent insight meditation retreat

Christiane Wolf, Greg Serpa and Jennifer Cho

[Hybrid Retreat: In-Person + Online Options]

Starts: Monday, April 15, 2024

Ends: Sunday, April 21, 2024

On-land: $868 | $1,320 | $1,920 | $2,400

Online: $250 | $450 | $650

**In-Person Registration is CLOSED**

**Online Registration Closes Sunday, April 14**

April 25 - 28, 2024

Opening to Inner + Outer Change:
A Life Balance Workshop Retreat

Celeste Young and Ron Ames

Starts: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Ends: Sunday, April 28, 2024

$885 | $1,250 | $1,490

*teacher compensation included in registration fees*
scholarships available

Please note, this is not a silent insight meditation retreat, it is a highly interactive workshop retreat format. 

This unique retreat offers you the personal understanding and tools to open to the next phase of your life with clarity, confidence, joy, and deeper Insight.

  • Discover a “Path to Well-being” that is beyond getting what you want and getting rid of what you don’t want in life.

  • Use the “Journey through Change” as a map to locate yourself in the process of your current change

  • Identify your values and intentions so you have a basis for making wise decisions.

  • Recognize habits of mind that undermine you and learn practices to disengage from their influence.

  • Explore which areas of your life need attention, gain insights about your strengths and challenges in dealing with change, and begin to strategize about next steps.

“The content is a powerful synthesis of frameworks to navigate changes and transitions. The experience is deeply enriched by all the dyad work.”

May 1 - 8, 2024

Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness
a silent insight meditation retreat

Donald Rothberg and Tere Abdala

Starts: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Ends: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

$910 | $1,400 | $1,960 | $2,520

**several financial support spaces available**

May 9 - 12, 2024

Entering into the Silence of Recovery
a silent insight meditation retreat

Vimalasara and Kevin Griffin

Starts: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Ends: Sunday, May 12, 2024

$444 | $660 | $960 | $1,200

All recovery paths are welcome, whether Twelve Step, Recovery Dharma, Eight Step Recovery, substance, process, behaviors and mind states, or relationship-oriented. 

All are welcome to attend this retreat.

**several financial support spaces available**

Kevin and Vimalasara share more about their practice and the retreat in a recent interview and Q&A with the BBRC community: 

MAY

May 21 - 25, 2024

The Ease of Letting Go
a silent insight meditation retreat

Celeste Young and Phillip Moffitt

Starts: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ends: Saturday, May 25, 2024

$592 | $880 | $1,280 | $1,600

**several financial support spaces available**

May 25 - 29, 2024

Developing a Deep Intimacy with Our Experience
Meditation Coalition’s 9th Annual Women’s Retreat
a silent insight meditation retreat

Sydney Reece & Mary Stancavage

Starts: Saturday, May 25, 2024

Ends: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

$645 | $730 | $815 | $945

We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. Attendees only need to identify as women in a way that’s significant to them.

Learn more about Mary and Sydney and the intentions of this retreat:

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JUNE

June 3 - 9, 2024

Equanimity + Metta: The Ground of Wisdom

a silent insight meditation retreat

Celeste Young and Dawn Scott

Starts: Monday, June 3, 2024

Ends: Sunday, June 9, 2024

$888 | $1,320 | $1,920 | $2,400

June 12 - 16, 2024

Creating Joy in Community through Gratitude & Equanimity
A Retreat for Trans, Gender Nonconforming, Genderqueer, Non-binary and All Gender Expansive Communities
a silent insight meditation retreat

Fresh “Lev” White and René Rivera

Starts: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Ends: Sunday, June 16, 2024

*Sliding scale starting at $200 total*

This retreat will be creating an intentionally multiracial community with the aim of at least 50% BIPOC. We will be prioritizing registration from BIPOC folks.

ONLINE: June 23, 2024 (10am-1pm)

[ONLINE HALF-DAY]
The Dharma is Made for These Times:
An Exploration of the 4 Distortions of Perception
an online half-day meditation retreat

Ayya Santacitta and Celeste Young

Starts: Sunday, June 23, 2024 (10:00am Pacific)

Ends: Sunday, June 23, 2024 (1:00pm Pacific)

Dana-based fees, pay at any amount above zero to attend.

June 25 - 30, 2024

Inward Bound SoCal Teen Retreat

Em Morrison and Harry Um

Starts: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Ends: Sunday, June 30, 2024

JULY

July 9 - 13, 2024

Healing the Self, Loving the Self, Forgetting the Self
a silent insight meditation retreat
[Dana-based retreat, at any amount]

Matthew Brensilver

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Co-sponsored by Insight Retreat Center (IRC) and Big Bear Retreat Center

Starts: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Ends: Saturday, July 13, 2024

 

Dana-based retreat, pay at any amount above zero

July 15 - 21, 2024

Inward Bound BIPOC Teen Retreat

Travis Spencer, Kamilah Crawley and Anna Johns

Starts: Monday, July 15, 2024

Ends: Saturday, July 21, 2024

AUGUST

August 19 - 28, 2024

When Awareness Becomes Natural
a silent insight meditation retreat

Led by Leinchi (LC) Tran and Kim Allen

Starts: Monday, August 19, 2024

Ends: Wednesday, August 28, 2024

$990 | $1,530 | $1,980 | $2,610

SEPTEMBER

September 4 - 8, 2024

Dharma Dharma: The Unfolding of Nature
A retreat offered in the Thai forest tradition
(primarily camping options)

Leinchi (LC) Tran

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Co-sponsored by Insight Retreat Center (IRC) and Big Bear Retreat Center

Starts: Wednesday, September 4, 2024

Ends: Sunday, September 8, 2024

Offered dana-based (donation) at any amount above $0.
Participants must submit an application, interview with the teacher, and be approved to attend.

This unique retreat will be offered by Leinchi (LC) Tran as a more informal week of practice in community and nature following the more traditional practices of the Thai forest tradition. Retreatants will be camping (1-2 bedroom spots available), following their own practice routine, and have daily interviews with the teacher. Access to one indoor cabin common space (kitchen and restrooms) is available. Only lunch will be served (self-service breakfast will be available) and no dinner will be served.

September 14 - 19, 2024

Coming Home to Our Hearts
a 5-day silent mindfulness meditation retreat

Led by Gullu Singh and Louije Kim

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Starts: Saturday, September 14, 2024

Ends: Thursday, September 19, 2024

The Retreat meets the requirements for teacher training and certification at the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, University of California at San Diego, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, University for Massachusetts and the Center for Mindfulness Studies, Toronto, Canada.

September 21 - 24, 2024

Gathering of Western Region Retreat Centers
Regeneration & Resiliency

Led by Big Bear Retreat Center and the Whidbey Institute

Starts: Saturday, September 21, 2024

Ends: Tuesday, September 24, 2024

Join us for an exploration on the topic of bio-regional resiliency and connection amongst peers in our regions. We hope to make this joyous, playful, informative, and nourishing!

*Registration is reserved for retreat center leaders and staff from the western region. 
Note: we’re defining ‘Western region’ as anyone in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and BC Canada. 

September 25 - 30, 2024

Love and Rest
a silent insight meditation retreat

Led by Beth Sternlieb and Matthew Brensilver

Starts: Wednesday, September 25, 2024

Ends: Monday, September 30, 2024

$740 | $1,100 | $1,600 | $2,000

OCTOBER

October 1 - 6, 2024

Awakening Mindfulness and Compassion
a silent insight meditation retreat

Diana Winston and Leslie Booker (more teachers to be announced soon)

Starts: Tuesday, October 1, 2024

Ends: Sunday, October 6, 2024

*fees include teacher compensation

October 9 - 13, 2024

The Rhythm of Connection:
Embracing Quietude and Mindful Communication
a relational mindfulness retreat

Ofosu Jones-Quartey, T Maes and Devon Sangster Rath

Starts: Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Ends: Sunday, October 13, 2024

This retreat will be creating an intentionally multiracial community with the aim of at least 50% BIPOC. We will be prioritizing registration from BIPOC folks.

Led by a teaching team with a combined 30+ years of experience leading Relational Mindfulness at Harvard, UCLA, Spirit Rock, iBme, and other practice communities.

October 14 - 19, 2024

The Sure Heart’s Release
a silent insight meditation retreat

Dave Smith and Erin Treat

Starts: Monday, October 14, 2024

Ends: Saturday, October 19, 2024

$640 | $1,000 | $1,500 | $1,900

October 20 - 26, 2024

Weaving Ourselves Back Into the Fabric of Life:
An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception
a silent insight meditation retreat
[Dana-based retreat fees, at any amount]

Ayya Santacitta and Celeste Young

Starts: Sunday, October 20, 2024

Ends: Saturday, October 26, 2024

Dana-based retreat, pay at any amount above zero

October 26 - October 30, 2024

Three Views for Freedom
a silent insight meditation retreat

Anushka Fernandopulle
Hosted by Insight San Diego

Starts: Saturday, October 26, 2024

Ends: Wednesday, October 30, 2024

The path of Buddhist practice is designed to help us release stress, strain and suffering in our life through developing insight. One helpful framework that the Buddha taught is the three characteristics: a way of investigating our physical and mental experience that reveals what is true about this life, how our misperceptions get us into trouble, and how we can live lives of greater ease. We will be investigating how the characteristics of impermanence, unreliability, and not-self relate to all aspects of our human life. Join us to learn and practice together in community.

This retreat is hosted by Insight San Diego.

NOVEMBER

November 6 - 12, 2024

The Limitless Heart:
Cultivating Mettā in Turbulent Times
a silent insight meditation retreat

Gullu Singh, Yong Oh and Gabrielle Hammond (movement)

Starts: Wednesday, November 6, 2024

Ends: Tuesday, November 12, 2024

$888 | $1,320 | $1,920 | $2,400

November 13 - 17, 2024

The Dharma of Desire:
From Longing to Loving Presence
a silent insight meditation retreat

Trudy Goodman and Lisa Ernst

Starts: Wednesday, November 13, 2024

Ends: Sunday, November 17, 2024

$592 | $880 | $1,280 | $1,600

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December 3 - 8, 2024

Ancestors Welcome Here
Ancestral Healing Retreat for White Practitioners Committed Racial Justice

Ream, Kimber Simpkins, Em Morrison 

Starts: Tuesday, December 3, 2024

Ends: Sunday, December 8, 2024

*offered sliding scale rates starting at $500

December 30, 2024 - January 4, 2025

DECEMBER

Awake in the New Year:
A Dharma & Dance Retreat
Interactive + Silent Retreat for transitioning into the New Year

Enrique Collazo and Deborah Eden Tull

Starts: Monday, December 30, 2024

Ends: Saturday, January 4, 2025

$890 | $1,250 | $1,750 | $2,150

*Teacher compensation included in rates*

“Energy is our most precious resource, for it is the means through which we transform our creative potential into meaningful action.” Tarthang Tulku

2025

March 13 - April 12, 2025

Monthlong Retreat
A Silent Meditation Retreat

Thanissara and Kittisaro

Starts: Thursday, March 13, 2025

Ends: Saturday, April 12, 2025

Contact Us

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