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August 14, 2020—August 15, 2020

Virtual Retreat: Sharon Salzberg & Ethan Nichtern: Finding True Refuge

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.

If you would like to receive a dharma name, please make note of that when registering as you will need to sign up for a brief (10 minute) zoom meeting with Ethan Nichtern between Aug 1st and August 13th. 
Please note: the deadline for receiving a dharma name has passed, but registration is still open. 

This Five-Hour Virtual Retreat will be conducted on Zoom over the course of two days. On Friday, August 14th we will gather from 7:00pm–8:30pm EST, and on Saturday, August 15th we will be in session from 11:00am – 12:30pm EST and again from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration closes at 4:00pm EST on August 13th.


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.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available for this program. To apply, please complete this online application

Registration Options

1 - 2-day Retreat
2 - 2-day Retreat with Refuge Ceremony