September 12, 19 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock. 10 to noon (see class description at end).

September 17-23 (Monday to Sunday): Spirit Rock, Transforming the Judgmental Mind (with Eve Decker, Robin Gayle, and Shahara Godfrey), 6-day residential retreat. Full, with waiting list.

October 1-7 (Monday to Sunday): Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, New Mexico (50 miles west of Taos): Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat (with Oren Sofer), 6-day residential retreat. In this retreat, we will explore the how to bring more mindfulness and care to our communication as vehicle for awakening. The tools shared will draw from the meditative practices of the Buddhist tradition, innovative relational awareness exercises, and the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Collectively, these practices form a powerful foundation for cultivating insight, awareness and empathy; develop our capacity to listen and speak from the heart; and strengthen our ability to stay present and be more skillful in challenging situations. This retreat will include periods of silent meditation and interactive speech practices. For further informationhttps://www.vallecitos.orgFull with waiting list.

October 9 (Tuesday): Santa Fe Vipassana, Santa Fe, New Mexico: Meditation and Talk, 6:15 to 8 p.m. LocationFirst Christian Church, 645 Webber Street, Santa Fe. Further info:

October 11 (Thursday): Albuquerque Insight, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Evening Meditation and Talk, 6:30 to 8 p.m.Location: Rosemont Center, 200 Rosemont Ave NE. For further information:

October 14 (Sunday): Sacramento: Daylong: Keeping Cool in the Fire: Becoming More Skillful with Inner or Outer Conflict, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: In this daylong, we will suggest some core principles and practices for working with conflict and reactivity. We will be guided by a vision of non-dual “conflict transformation,” rooted both in the Buddha’s Middle Way, as well as in the accumulated experience of mediators and peacemakers, which help us to approach conflicts as opportunities for reconciliation, learning, and development. During the day, we will use a variety of modalities, including several periods of sitting and walking meditation, short talks, discussion, interactive exercises, and working creatively with our own and simulated conflict scenarios. Evening meditation and talk 7 to 9 p.m. Locationfor both:Sacramento Dharma Center, 3111 Wiessmann Drive, Sacramento, 95826Info:

October 17, 24(Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock. 10 a.m. to noon (see class description at end).

October 27 (Saturday): Charlotte, NC: Daylong: “Things Are Not As They Appear”: Four Ways of Training and Inquiry: A Daylong, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28209. For further information:

October 28 - Nov. 6: Southern Dharma (near Asheville, North Carolina), Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness, 9-day residential retreatPrerequisite: Retreatants must have completed at least 2 5-day or longer silent insight meditation retreats or have permission of the teacher.Full, with waiting list.

November 7 (Wednesday, tentative), Asheville, North Carolina: Asheville Insight, 7 to 8:30 p.m.Talk and discussion. Location: 175 Weaverville Road, Suite H, Asheville, NC 28804. For further information

November 9-11 (Friday to Sunday): Louisville Insight, Louisville, Kentucky, “Things Are Not As They Appear”: Four Ways of Training and Inquiry: A non-residential weekend retreat. Location: Passionist Earth & Spirit Center ("The Barn"), 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville. For further information, Glenda Hodges-Cook at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;,

November 12 (Monday), Louisville Insight, Louisville, Kentucky, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Location:Clifton Unitarian Church, 2231 Payne Street. For further

November 13 (Tuesday, tentative), Lexington, Kentucky7 to 9 p.m. Location: Shambhala Center, Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery, 385 S. Mill Street.For further information

November 21, 28(Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock. 10 a.m. to noon(see class description at end).

November 23-25 (Friday to Sunday): Spirit Rock, Transforming the Judgmental Mind through Mindfulness, Heart Practices, and the Work of Byron Katie (with Marisa Handler). 3-day non-residential retreat. Judgments of a reactive and compulsive nature are very strong in most of our lives. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work and self-esteem. When they are transformed, we open naturally to our underlying clarity of mind and generosity of heart. In this three-day non-residential retreat, we will examine what judgments are and how to work with them, using mindfulness, “heart” practices, and inquiry, especially as developed in The Work of Byron Katie. These methods help us to preserve the discernment often found in judgments, while working through the destructive aspects of judgments. 

December 2, 9(Sundays):San Rafael:Marin Sunday Sangha, 5:45 to 8 p.m.: Movement, meditation, discussion. Sangha founded by Phillip Moffitt and held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901. For further

December 5, 12(Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock. 10 to noon (see class description at end).

December 17-23 (Monday to Sunday): Spirit Rock, Winter Solstice Retreat: Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light (with Oren Jay Sofer and Heather Sundberg), 6-day residential retreat. Spirit Rock extends a special invitation to young adults (age 18-26) who wish to attend this retreat at a rate of $35 per night, on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of special rates are available, please apply early. Full, with waiting list.

Some further retreats, 2019:

January 8-15: Spirit Rock, Metta Retreat (with Anushka Fernandopulle, Konda Mason, Heather Sundberg).

March 2-30: Spirit Rock, March Retreat (with Amana Johnson [yoga, trainee], Sharda Rogell, Oren Sofer, Heather Sundberg, DaRa Williams [March 2-16], Arinna Weisman [March 16-30]).

April 7: Spirit Rock: Transforming the Judgmental Mind: Daylong Retreat, 10 to 5 p.m.

May 18-19: Spirit Rock: Keeping Cool in the Fire--Becoming More Skillful with Inner or Outer Conflict(with Stephen Fulder from Israel) .Two-Day Non-Residential Retreat, 10 to 5 p.m. each day.

June 14-16: Spirit Rock: Things Are Not As They Appear: Three-Day Non-Residential Retreat, 10 to 5 p.m. each day.

July 6: Spirit Rock: Wise Speech: Daylong Retreat, 10 to 5 p.m.

August 20-25: Berkeley (non-residential retreat, 9 to 5 each day): Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat (with Oren Jay Sofer).

September 27-29: Spirit Rock: Transforming the Judgmental Mind: Three-Day Non-Residential Retreat, 10 to 5 p.m. each day.

November 30-December 1: Spirit Rock: Practicing the Divine Abodes (Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity)Two-Day Non-Residential Retreat, 10 to 5 p.m. each day.

Ongoing Wednesdays Class, Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA: 10 a.m. to noon morning class:Share teaching with Sylvia Boorstein (most Wednesdays, either Sylvia or I will teach): 45 minute meditation, talk and discussion. Donald will be teaching September 12, 19; October 17, 24; November 21, 28; December 5, 12; January 2.

Donald’s Talks At: Dharma Seed (,, Audio Dharma (