Center for Creative Inquiry

Retreats

Deepen your practice with an immersive experience shared with other like-minded explorers.

Residential mindfulness retreats provide the time and space necessary to deepen your inquiry into the questions that matter – who we really are and how we can live our lives to the fullest, in a way that transcends limitations.

Our retreats are held in quiet natural settings that activate the senses and encourage participants to relax and let go of the concerns of our ordinary lives.

Creative Inquiry retreats are gentle enough for beginners and spacious enough to engage advanced meditators. We welcome all experience levels.

Two people on a nature walk at Ratna Ling Retreat Center, California
Ratna Ling Retreat Center lodge
Slow walking practice in a grassy area during Neu Plaue retreat 2021

Focusing your TSK or mindfulness practice

In Creative Inquiry retreats, we touch knowledge in an experiential way, focusing on practices that relax the grip of the ego and challenge our usual way of seeing things. Each practice session is supplemented by light guidance from the instructor and group discussions. The total amount of quiet practice per day ranges from 4 to 6 hours.

Many of our retreats are held in silence – check the specific retreat description for detail. Unless otherwise noted, silence begins on the 1st morning and extends until the final morning of the retreat, including meals and breaks – with the exception of guided group discussions during evening sessions.

Retreat Features

Bonfire at Neu Plaue retreat 2021

2022 Retreats

Saying Yes to Experience

Ratna Ling Retreat Center, California

July 17-22, 2022

We live in a world shaped by stories centered on ourselves. 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 discover freedom within patterns of the ordinary and bring it into every moment.

Led by Jack Petranker

Full Presence Mindfulness Annual Retreat

Ratna Ling Retreat Center, Californai

September 20-25, 2022

Full Presence Mindfulness draws on the teachings of Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku as presented in his Time, Space, Knowledge books, recasting those teachings as a field-centered way of practicing mindfulness.

FPM is designed to open every dimension of our experience —sensations, emotions, thoughts, and how we connect with others. It offers a new way of seeing the world and our place in it.

We will start with breathing and sensory exercises for grounding, then move to looking at how we shape our world through the stories we tell and live. As we learn to recognize the patterns that hold us back, we find new resources for acting on our highest values and promoting real and lasting change.

Led by Ignacio Ercole and Morgan Wells

Saying Yes to Experience (Europe)

Neu Plaue Retreat Center, Germany

October 11-16, 2022

We live in a world shaped by stories centered on ourselves. 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 discover freedom within patterns of the ordinary and bring it into every moment.

Led by Jack Petranker

We Are Not Who We Think We Are

Kibbutz Inbar, Galilee

October 18-21, 2022

In this retreat, we will start by connecting deeply with our experience: how we breathe, how we see, how we hear, how we move. We will touch the ground of experience and learn to be fully present.

The next step is to expand into the whole range of how we live in the world. This includes the way we think, the emotions and concerns that drive us, the stories we tell, the ‘reality’ we inhabit, and the motives and intentions that determine our destiny. As we explore who we are and who we think we are, we will share our insights and discoveries.

Together, we will gain confidence in own ability to know, to care and to act, and awaken a deeper understanding and a more joyful and more relaxed way to be.

Led by Jack Petranker

Meet your Retreat Instructor

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.