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June 26, 2020—June 28, 2020

Sharon Salzberg & Ethan Nichtern: Finding a True Refuge in a Tumultuous World

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available in support of this program. For more information, please refer here

The very word “refuge” can evoke feelings of nostalgia for childhood hometowns and friends, for family scattered around the country or world, or for traditions that are deeply rooted in ethnic heritage, in geography, in religion, and in social status. It also can bring up recognition of the very great distance we ourselves might have traversed, how far away we may feel from any sense of belonging or trust or shelter in the midst of the storms of life.

This retreat will explore different dimensions of refuge: learning not to be swayed by the incomplete or false refuges of endless accumulation, or determined isolation, or relentless competitiveness we may have been conditioned to; finding a supportive and sustainable sense of true refuge within ourselves, with one another, and with a bigger picture of life. Suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. 

Formally taking a refuge vow in the Buddhist tradition means committing to using the principle of Buddha (an embodiment of awakening), Dharma (study of the Buddhist wisdom teachings) and sangha (the support of fellow practitioners) as a basic support framework for our path of practice. That opportunity will be offered in this retreat for those who are interested.


Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her most recent book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World.

Ethan Nichtern is a senior Buddhist teacher. From 2010-2018 he served as the teacher in residence for the Shambhala NYC community. He is the author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG Books, North Point, 2015), The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What The Coolest Fairytale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships (FSG Books, North Point, Sep 2017) and One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Publications, 2007). The Road Home was named to Best Books of 2015 lists by both Library Journal and Tech Insider.

Ethan is also the founder and former director of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

Pricing Information

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
Total Fees by Room Choice.