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Cultivating Attention and Heartfulness through Meditation

Event Description

Meditation is an instrument or technique to shape or transform the mind.

~H.H. the Dalai Lama


April 11-14, 2019


All levels

Silence Level


What is it?

Given the challenges of daily of life, the mind can be our greatest friend or foe.

For thousands of years, human beings have successfully utilized the practice of meditation as an instrument for cultivating the mind in order to live more purposefully and heart-fully. Essential to this cultivation is the development of attention and the boundless qualities of kindness, compassion, joy and even-heartedness.

Through direct experience, tremendous insights have been gained and taught to intentionally develop these qualities of the heart/mind.

On this weekend retreat, we will explore a variety of meditation techniques designed to cultivate and sustain attention, kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and even-heartedness in our everyday life.

Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

Ordained monastics should contact the office directly to register.

  • 11 April 2019 to 14 April 2019

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Teacher Bio

Eve Ekman and Ryan Redman


Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman is currently a Post Doctoral Scholar at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Ekman’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CEB. At the Osher Center for Integrative medicine Eve continues to refine the conceptual frame work, research and training in the areas of meaning, empathy and burnout. In addition to research Eve provides training based in Cultivating Emotional Balance to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law and education both domestically and internationally.Eve lives in her beloved hometown of San Francisco. When she is not writing, she is surfing, cooking and getting lost in nature.

Ryan Redman

Ryan Redman developed an interest for contemplative based practices at an early age and eventually traveled to India at the age of twenty to pursue his interests in meditation. Upon his return, Ryan began teaching and studying contemplative based practices while studying at the University of California in Santa Barbara. After completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, Ryan traveled back to India several times to further his understanding of awareness based practices. As a result of these early experiences, Ryan has dedicated his life to exploring the interrelationship between personal transformation and benevolent social action. Ryan has been teaching in the Wood River Valley for the past 12 years and has completed a Masters degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, Ryan is also a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance and serves as a core faculty member in Susan Kaiser Greenland’s Inner Kids Program. He continues to study meditation with B. Alan Wallace, the Director of the Santa Barbara Institute of Consciousness Studies. Ryan is a co-founder of the Flourish Foundation, and along with his love for teaching and community service, he is a devoted husband and father.

Teacher’s fees

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless; remuneration of our teachers is not included in the fee information detailed on this page. Instead, we invite you to consider bringing a cash donation with you to express your gratitude for the teachings. (Participants get a chance to present a cash offering to the teachers on the last day of the retreat and this is supplemented by a donation from Vajrapani Institute.)

Fees (inclusive of accommodation and meals)

Option A is a subsidized fee designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. These fees are supported by generous contributions to Vajrapani Institute. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. We encourage you to choose Option B if you’re financially able. The accommodations are the same for both options.

10% membership discounts are applicable for members.


Option A Option B
Commuting $198 $287
Dorm $391 $494
Semi-private room $422 $525
Private room $580 $680
Private room – extra person $359 $464
Cabin $696 $794
Cabin – extra person $394 $510