At Once Here and Disappearing
A Non-Residential Meditation Retreat with Frank Ostaseski

Saturday & Sunday July 8-9, 2017
The Grauer School
Encinitas, CA

Impermanence is an essential truth woven into the very fabric of our existence. It is inescapable, perfectly natural, and our most constant companion. As we come in contact with life’s precarious nature, we also come to appreciate and honor it. Then, we don’t want to waste a precious moment of time. Instead, we want to be fully awake and fully aware in this precious precarious impermanence. Awareness of impermanence is a good companion on the road to living well and dying with ease.

In this retreat we will take time to "catch our breath." We will focus on compassionate renewal, simplicity, self-acceptance, and the releasing of the habit of self-judgment. Together with a group of like-minded people we will cultivate a sense of balance, openness and joy in life. Our days will be spent in silent Insight Meditation (Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition) a simple technique that has been practiced for over 2,500 years. Beginning with the focusing of attention on the breath, the practice concentrates and calms the mind and body. It allows us to see through the mind’s conditioning and free ourselves of habitual behaviors thereby allowing us to live more fully present in this moment. The meditation practice systematically expands to include mindfulness of all experiences, external and internal, of body sensations and emotions, of thoughts and the nature of mind itself. We will alternate periods of silent sitting and walking meditation and offer some mindful movement to connect body, mind and heart. Frank’s presentation of this practice is highly accessible and non-sectarian. He will offer daily instruction and a talk to inspire our practice and encourage the integration of practice in daily life.


Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He co-created the 2-year Heavenly Messenger program at the Spirit Rock Center. Frank has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people and trained countless clinicians and caregivers in the art of mindful and compassionate care. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. His work has been highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, featured by Bill Moyers in his PBS television series, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. More info:

Retreat Cost: $150. Advance Registration required. Scholarship funds are available should finances be an obstacle. Please visit our Scholarship page for information.

The Grauer School
1500 South El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

Parking is available on the campus and nearby El Camino Real. Carpooling is encouraged.

Date & Times:
Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday July 9, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm

What to Bring:

  • Soft comfortable clothes maybe with layers (weather can be warm)
  • Shoes that slip on/off easily for outdoor walking meditation
  • Socks or indoor slippers for the meditation hall
  • Water bottle
  • Meditation bench and or cushion (chairs are available)
  • Bag Lunch

What not to Bring:

  • Cell phones and technology - leave in your car in respect of the retreat experience for you and other participants.
  • Perfumed or scented soap, lotion, shampoo conditioner, hair product or any other scent. Some participants are sensitive to strong scents.

There is minimal storage space, but there is a refrigerator. Some “snack food” will be available, but bring your own to meet your dietary needs.

Questions: Please contact Jacqui at about the retreat.