Wisdom and Compassion Home Retreat

December 3 to 6


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 meditation periods which may include the “four postures:” sitting, standing, laying down, and walking. 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 virtual retreat will emphasize the real time integration of doing a retreat from our homes. Through periods of teacher-led meditation and dharma talks, interspersed with individual practice sessions, we will discover how practice is not something we move away from once we’re off our cushions, but something that we embody and cultivate in our lived day-to-day experiences.

This unique retreat will provide an opportunity to practice with the support of teachers and community within a modified retreat schedule to minimize screen time.

Thursday, December 3 to Sunday, December 6, 2020

The retreat will start at 6:30pm ET Thursday evening and conclude at 12:30pm Sunday afternoon. Full retreat schedule below.

A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

This program is being offered at a reduced rate of $125 as an extension of the Living Dharma program. Use the button below to pay for your spot.

Retreat Schedule

All times are Eastern Standard Time

Thursday, December 3
6:30pm-8:30pm        Retreat opening and meditation

Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5
7:15am-8:00am        Morning meditation
9:00am-10:00am     Instructions and guided practice
10:00am-12:00pm   Independent meditation practice*
12:00pm-2:00pm     Lunch/Rest/Walking meditation
2:00pm-4:30pm       Independent meditation practice* (Meditation meetings with teachers will occur during this time slot as well)
4:30pm-5:30pm       Dharma talk
5:30pm-6:30pm       Dinner
6:30pm-7:15pm        Sitting meditation
7:15pm-8:00pm       Q&A and Dedication of Merit
8:00pm-9:30pm      Independent meditation practice* (optional)
9:30pm                        Rest

Sunday, December 6
7:15am-8:00am       Morning meditation
9:00am-10:00am    Instructions and guided practice
10:00am-11:00am   Independent meditation practice*
11:00am-12:30pm   Community discussion and closing ceremony

*Independent Meditation Practice allows students to practice individually. Teachers will offer suggestions and examples for ways to practice during this time.


Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Social Justice. She shares her expertise nationally on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. Booker is a graduate of the 2020 Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training, is a 2020 Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement in

Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here