Center for Creative Inquiry

Saying “Yes” to Experience

Learn how to activate the radical immediacy available within our ordinary experience.


We are pleased to offer this summer retreat at Ratna Ling Retreat Center in Sonoma County, one of the premier retreat centers in Northern California (

The self has a strong impulse toward the therapeutic, toward making knowledge into something that can benefit the self.
Love of Knowledge, Ch. 27

We live in a world shaped by the stories we tell about it—stories centered on the self. Using a logic that starts with the existence of the self, we turn knowledge into a tool that we use to uphold our own limits.

In this retreat, we will question this commitment to the self and the therapeutic mindset it puts in place. Focusing strongly on practice, we will learn how to activate the radical immediacy available within our ordinary experience, if only we know how to look for it. We will learn what it means to say “yes” to experience, to discover freedom within the patterns of the ordinary and bring it into every moment.

Among the exercises we may draw on in our inquiry:

Going without Going (TSK Ex. 23)

A Marriage of Sound and Breath (TSK Ex. 24)

Moments between Moments (LOK Ex. 14)

Conducting the Vision (DTS Ex. 1)

Time of Thinking (DTS Ex. 2)

Body-Mind-Thought Interplay (TSK Ex. 7)

Layers of Mind (LOK Ex. 2)

Sound within Sound (LOK Ex. 28 and 30)

Observing without Owning (LOK Ex. 23 and 22)

Commanding Time (DTS Ex. 13A)

Field of Awareness (LOK Ex. 17)

Embodied Energy (LOK Ex. 38)

Alternatives to Mind (LOK Ex. 46)

This retreat builds on themes explored in the workshop, The Self in Question, offered online in March 2022. However, anyone can benefit from participating, no matter what their background. All you need is an interest in inquiry and the intention to come more fully alive.


7:00-8:00        Optional Kum Nye

8:00-9:00        Breakfast and cleanup

10:00-12:30    Morning session (with 15 minute break)

12:30-1:30      Lunch and cleanup

1:30-4:00        Individual practice/time off

4:00-5:30        Afternoon session

5:30-7:00        Dinner and cleanup

7:30-9:00        Evening session


You will be staying by yourself or with one other person in a luxury cottage. For details, see:

Retreatants will take turns helping with kitchen cleanup.


The full price is $1,695 for the retreat, which includes meals and lodging. Please pay full price if you have the means to do so, as we are paying the facility for the space. If you need a discount, please apply one of the following discount codes on checkout according to your need:



If you need further financial assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact and we will see what we can work out.

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Jul 17 - 22 2022


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Ratna Ling Retreat Center
35755 Hauser Bridge Road, Cazadero, California


  • Jack Petranker

    Jack Petranker (he/him) is the founder of CCI and regularly offers courses and retreats. He is the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? (Dharma Publishing 2006), and has written numerous academic articles in consciousness studies, organizational change, political transformation, and the value of work as a spiritual practice. Jack holds an MA in political theory from UC Berkeley, and a JD from Yale Law School. He is also the Director of Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley, CA.

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