Cultivating a Joyous Mind in Troubled Times with Sylvia Boorstein & Heidi Bourne

  • An Intimate Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein & Heidi Bourne

    Cultivating a Joyous Mind in Troubled Times with Sylvia Boorstein & Heidi Bourne

Mar 19th, 2023

Join Sylvia Boorstein and Heidi Bourne for an intimate springtime meditation retreat at Bell Valley Retreat in Boonville, California. Nestled among the serene hills, oak woodlands, and open meadows in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, enjoy 4 days and 3 nights settling the mind, opening the heart, and renewing the spirit.

Sunday to Wednesday

March 19 - 22, 2023
Bell Valley Retreat
Boonville, California

Cultivating a joyous mind in troubled times requires strength, determination, and clarity. It's not easy. Drawing on the teachings of the Buddha, we'll focus on developing the capacity to skillfully navigate our everyday lives, even in the face of difficulty, with loving awareness and appreciative joy born from the steady, receptive mind, and the courageous wise heart. 

Held in the peaceful space of noble silence, our practices will include lovingkindness (metta) and mindfulness meditation, the gentle movement practice of qigong, small group practice discussions, daily dharma talks, and time for personal relaxation.

Bell Valley is located about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco and about 3.5 hours south of Eureka in the Anderson Valley, an area within the Navarro River Watershed – a pristine, sheltered valley surrounded by verdant rolling hills.

A variety of elegantly appointed accommodations are available at Bell Valley Retreat. Whether staying in the Toll House, Cottage, Bunk House, Barn, Tent Cabins or the Bell Tents, all spaces are designed with attention to aesthetic beauty and connection to the land. 

Choose from private indoor single, semi-private or multi-person bedrooms, or spacious fully furnished luxury tent cabins or glamping tents set on wooden platform decks. Some rooms have private bathrooms, most offer shared bathroom facilities.

Each spacious tent has an awning covered porch, electricity, and heated twin beds. Bring a friend and share a Bell Tent. They're great for two and plenty spacious for one. 

Choose your lodging preference with registration.

Each day our catered vegetarian meals will be nutritious, varied and carefully designed to support contemplative retreat practice. There are kitchens in each accommodation that you're welcome to use anytime if you'd like to bring any favorite items.

Everyone is welcome to attend this intimate retreat, both beginning and seasoned practitioners. We hope you'll join us!

Sunday to Wednesday
March 19 - 22, 2023
Arrive Sunday, 4pm
Retreat Ends Wednesday, 11:00am

FEES: $1,095 to $1,695, All-Inclusive
$1,095 - Shared Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom - Full
$1,225 - Private Bell Tent, Shared Bathroom - Full
$1,295 - Private Tent Cabin, Shared Bathroom - Full
$1,375 - Barn, Shared Room, Shared Bathroom - Full
$1,450 - Barn Private Room, Shared Bathroom - Full
$1,375 - Bunk House, Shared Room - one large room sleeps 4 - FULL
$1,450 - Bunk House, Semi-Private Room adjacent to open living room and kitchen, with access to a private garden patio, Shared Bathroom. - Full
$1,595 - Private Cottage, Private Room, Shared Bathroom - Full
$1,695 - Toll House Private Room, Private Bathroom - Full

Optional Deposit to hold your spot:  $250
Balance due February 5, 2023

In an effort to support our health and safety, vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this retreat. Please submit a scanned copy or image of your vaccination card or other documentation.


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Enjoy this lovely video of Bell Valley

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Sylvia Boorstein PhD, has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding Spirit Rock teacher, a psychologist, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation.

Heidi Bourne is a meditation teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition and is the founder and guiding teacher of Pacific Mindfulness. She has been teaching since 2005 in both public and private settings, offering classes, series courses, nature retreats, and resiliency-focused professional programs. In addition, she teaches regularly at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Heidi is especially interested in the integration of the common sense, accessible and timeless teachings of awareness, ethics, and compassion into the complexity of our everyday lives. She is known for her grounded, down-to-earth humor and presence. 
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