Three Day Retreat: Awakening Through the Nine Bodies

Nonresidential retreat - Friday starts at 10am; Saturday and Sunday at 9:30am

Phillip Moffitt Dana DePalma
with Phillip Moffitt and Dana DePalma

12/1/2017 10:00 AM - 12/3/2017 4:30 PM (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)

The exploration in this retreat builds on the prior day's teachings. Students must attend either Friday during the day or Friday night in order to attend Saturday and Sunday.  In order to attend Sunday, one must attend Friday and Saturday. 

Please note:  The Friday session begins at 10AM and ends at 4PM. Saturday and Sunday sessions begin at 9:30am and end at 4:30pm.

This retreat coincides with the publication of Phillip Moffitt’s book on this topic, Awakening Through the Nine Bodies. The Nine Bodies teachings are an exploration of how to utilize the many dimensions and manifestations of consciousness in meditation. The teachings map out a journey that starts with the kind of consciousness that arises in the physical body and is directly observable, and then takes us through ever more subtle levels of consciousness.   

In this three-day non-residential retreat, Phillip and Dana will share their understanding of the Nine Bodies teachings that were transmitted to Phillip by the Himalayan yoga master Swami Sri Premvarni Balyogi. Phillip and Dana will give specific instructions for accessing the various Bodies including how to recognize each Body, how to nourish it, and they will identify the consciousness capacities that come with each Body.

While there will be periods of meditation each day, this retreat will include a significant amount of background information and detailed instructions about the practices due to the subtle nature of this material.  There will be ample time for questions and discussion. 

If you practice mindfulness meditation, the Nine Bodies teachings offer you a new means for tracking and classifying meditative experiences, which can help you stay present with whatever arises. These explorations may also increase the clarity and specificity of your mindfulness and enable the arising of insight. However, in no way are these teachings a substitute for your lineage practice. Rather, they may help you be more effective in your lineage practice.

Dana DePalma will be co-teaching with Philip.  Dana has been studying the Nine Bodies intensively with Phillip for a number of years.  She was the co-teacher at last year’s Spirit Rock three day non-residential retreat on this topic.

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SIMS is an all volunteer Sangha. There is no paid staff managing retreats. This retreat is possible only with volunteers' dana/generosity of service during the event. Please consider volunteering during this weekend retreat. You may indicate your interest after clicking on the regsitration button below or by emailing Our volunteer coordinator will contact you with more details. We appreciate your generosity in action. Thank you.


The suggested event donation is as follows:

  • One day of retreat (Friday only): $50
  • Two days (Saturday and Sunday), plus Friday night: $90
  • Three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday): $120

Plus teacher dana. (Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving.) Teacher dana can be offered at the event. Please use your best efforts to pay the suggested donation or another heartfelt amount. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

Registration Options:

If you'd like to attend just Friday, or just Friday and Saturday, please register at the door and pay by cash or check. Note that registration on the day of the event will be limited to space available.

You may register online if you plan to attend two days plus Friday night, or all three days.


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