Non-Residential Retreat with Matthew Brensilver

Seven Factors of Awakening

The Buddhist path is often characterized as a path of letting go. We practice letting go of the source of much of our suffering: clinging. Yet, the path is not merely about what we relinquish, it is about cultivating positive qualities too. What do we cultivate? The seven factors of awakening – mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity – refer to both psychological qualities we can develop as well as practices to be undertaken. When fully developed, they express a life of understanding and love. In this weekend, we will explore these qualities of heart and how they can function in our lives.  The weekend will include meditation practice, lectures, small group discussions and time for dialogue. All are welcome.


Matthew Brensilver sits on the Teachers Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He was the Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and mental health at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. He served as Program Director at Mindful Schools and continues to share mindfulness with adolescents. Matthew previously worked as a clinical social worker, supporting severely and persistently mentally ill adults. He subsequently earned a PhD from the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at USC, completing a dissertation on the mechanisms of risk and resilience in maltreated adolescents. He spent years doing research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and continues to be interested in the unfolding dialogue between dharma and science.



July 7 & July 8, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Bankers Hill Clubhouse

3030 Front St., San Diego, CA 92103

Parking on premises - no charge

Please Note: Access to this portion of Front Street is via W. Palm St. off of 1st Avenue. Check your GPS.

Registration Info:

Advance registration required. The registration fee is $125. Scholarship funds are available should finances be an obstacle. Please visit our Scholarships page for additional information. Register here.

Additional Info:

There will be chairs available. Also a few zafus and zabutons. Bring your own if you have a special sitting arrangement.

Bring water and your lunch. There is a refrigerator and a microwave, but no cooking (aside from heating in the microwave) available. Bear in mind that 1 microwave must be shared among all participants, so bringing a cold lunch would be ideal. Filtered water and hot water for tea will be available.

Wear layered clothing. The room is not air-conditioned but has a flow of cool air off the harbor.