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Intimacy With All Things

An Insight Meditation Retreat with Dharma Teacher David Chernikoff

Wednesday, November 1 - Sunday, November 5, 2023

Winston-Salem Dharma Community is hosting a retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC.

The theme of this retreat derives from a profound teaching by Dogen Zenji, a highly respected Zen Buddhist teacher. He taught that "Enlightenment is intimacy with all things." What this statement actually means and how we apply this teaching in our lives as spiritual practitioners is what we'll be exploring in this uplifting, challenging, and life-affirming retreat. A significant portion of our time together will involve alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence. There will also be meditation instruction, dharma talks, experiential exercises, and opportunities for discussion. Together we will create a caring, supportive learning community that encourages each participant to bring to greater fruition their best human qualities and to celebrate the ordinary magic of the lives we've each been given.

David Chernikoff

David Chernikoff

David Chernikoff began the study and practice of meditation in 1971 and started teaching insight meditation in 1988. His teaching has been influenced by senior teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Tibetan teachers he studied with during a 3-year stay in Nepal, and spiritual guides from other contemplative traditions, most notably Ram Dass, Father Thomas Keating, Zen teacher Yvonne Rand, and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David taught psychology and meditation for many years at Naropa University. He currently serves as one of the guiding teachers of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado and has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. David teaches retreats and workshops throughout the U.S. He is author of the recently released book Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as You Age. Learn more at

Registration details for the 4 Night Retreat

The retreat starts at 5pm Wednesday afternoon, November 1, and ends after Sunday lunch, November 5. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. The fees cover lodging, food and organizing expenses. Teachings are freely given, and there will be an opportunity to practice "dana" (generosity) by making a donation for David Chernikoff's teaching.

Your reservation includes use of the meditation space, a community guest refrigerator in the guest kitchen or use of the full kitchen in the cottages, bedding and towels in the guest rooms, and three meals with each overnight. You are welcome to bring snacks or any food items needed for special dietary requirements for yourself. All meals provided will be vegetarian and dietary restrictions can be submitted at the time of registration.

Scholarships are available. Requests are to be made on the registration form and by email to the Retreat Organizing Group at:

Registration is now open: Registration Form

Main Building, Cottage, and Hermitage rates per person:
Main Building Single $650
Main Building Double $375
Cottage Single $650
Cottage Double $375
Hermitage Single $700
Hermitage Double $400

If you have never attended a meditation retreat before please click here. This will take you to an explanation of meditation retreats, their purpose, and the concept of Noble Silence. This information is provided by the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Hot Springs, NC.