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Grief, Joy, and Awakening:

An Insight Meditation Retreat with Dharma Teacher David Chernikoff

Wednesday, October 26 - Sunday, October 30, 2022

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

The primary focus of this retreat will be the practice of sitting and walking meditation in Noble Silence. There will also be dharma talks on the retreat theme, meditation instruction, experiential exercises, and opportunities for discussion. In a supportive learning environment, we'll explore the rich emotional terrain of the spiritual path and deepen our understanding of the powerful experiences of grief and joy that are inherent in the process of awakening.

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, October 26, and ends after Sunday lunch, October 30. 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.

Main Building, Cottage, and Hermitage rates per person
Main Building Single $600
Main Building Double $300
Cottage Single $650
Cottage Double $325
Hermitage Single $700
Hermitage Double $350
Scholarships are available. Requests are to be made on the registration form.

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.

Registration form is now closed

You may contact us here if you have any questions or concerns.