Transforming the Judgmental Mind and The Work of Byron Katie® retreat

Judgments of a reactive and compulsive nature are very strong in most of us.

Judgments can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work and self-esteem. When they are transformed, we open naturally to our underlying clarity of mind and generosity of heart.

In this four-day non-residential retreat, we will examine what judgments are and how to work with them, using mindfulness, “heart” practices, and inquiry, especially as developed in The Work of Byron Katie®. These methods help us to preserve the discernment often found in judgments, while working through the destructive aspects of judgments. This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, a number of guided practices, periods of using inquiry as developed by Byron Katie, talks and group discussion, and some basic movement practices, all in the context of a small, supportive community.  Continuing Education (CE) credit available.


Donald Rothberg SRDonald Rothberg, Ph.D., has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also trained in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice. He regularly teaches insight and lovingkindness meditation, and on transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication, and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life.   marisaMarisa Handler has practiced Insight Meditation in retreats and daily life for 16 years, and is a writer, singer-songwriter, teacher, and coach. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Loyal to the Sky, and her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She teaches at Mills College, Stanford University, Esalen and CIIS. She is also a committed practitioner of Byron Katie’s The Work®.

Dates: May 14 – 17, 2020, 9am – 5pm daily.  Non-residential retreat

Location: Sacred Streams, 2149 Byron St., Berkeley, CA. (Walk from BART)

Cost: $250 Registration + Donation to Teachers (Dana)

Continuing Education and Professional Credits available.

Partial scholarships available; e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. 

Cancellation Policy: Our standard cancellation policy is the following: "a full refund (less a $25 administrative fee) is only available if you cancel 3 weeks (21 calendar days) or more in advance. 50% refund is available if you cancel 2 weeks or more in advance. No refund is available if you cancel less than 14 days prior to the retreat."  However, in light of the coronavirus situation, should the situation call for it we will consider offering a lower-cost online version and the option for a refund. 

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