Residential Retreats

November 14-17: At the Heart of It

November 14-17: At the Heart of It

Insight Meditation & Compassion Retreat

With Leslie Booker and Chris Crotty
Assisted by Sarah Mitchell


Leslie BookerChris Crotty

Wisdom and compassion balance each other, and the world needs both. Through insight meditation we quiet the mind and investigate its true nature. With the mind made calm and stable we enjoy the peace of non-attachment, and with wisdom as the basis for compassion we undertake our whole life with great care. On this retreat we will practice insight and compassion through periods of sitting and walking meditation. Dharma reflections will explore the application of wisdom and compassion in meditation as well as daily life, emphasizing how compassion can provide a direct path to engage the suffering of the world as well as our own freedom.

This retreat will be held in silence and will take place at the beautiful Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, a natural sanctuary for quiet reflection, connecting with nature, and dharma practice. Beginners and those with experience welcome and encouraged to attend.

November 14-17, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday)

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
Springfield, NH

Base: $390
Sustaining: $440
Supporting: $490

There are three payment levels; paying at the highest level you can afford allows us to offer our programs to as many people as possible.

To register, click the link below to download the registration form; if you need financial assistance, you may also download the scholarship application form. Fill out and return the registration form either by mail or email; to pay, you may send a $200 deposit along with your registration form, or you may pay in full now by selecting a payment option below and clicking “Register.” Further details are on the forms, but if you have questions, please email us at

Registration Form and Waiver
Scholarship Application Form

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Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied wisdom, and activism. She worked with vulnerable populations in NYC for over a decade, and shares her experience nationally speaking at conferences, and has contributed to several publications. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders’ Training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020.

Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, scholar-practitioner Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka.