Shifts in Identity

Non Residential

Rodney Smith
with Rodney Smith

1/19/2019 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Saturday and Sunday) at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)

The spiritual journey has to do with identity, our sense and feel of what we are. Most of us in the beginning choose to deepen our identity through spiritual practice by focusing on areas of ourselves that need improvement. But eventually the true trajectory of the spiritual journey is to question the formed assumption about what or who we are. As we become more conscious, the rock-hard ways we have viewed ourselves soften and our identity thins and becomes almost translucent. This weekend through talks, Q&A, dyads, guided meditations, and Qi Gong practice we will look at the process by which we continually shift our identity toward greater inclusiveness and deeper emptiness.

Each day of this retreat begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:30pm. A Dharma talk will not be offered on Friday evening.

Registration and Donation

The suggested event donation is $90 for Saturday and Sunday, or $50 for one day, plus teacher dana. (You may contribute teacher dana at the event. Dana is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving). No one is turned away for inability to offer a donation. Please use your best efforts to pay the Suggested donation or another heartfelt amount. SIMS is committed to providing a spiritual refuge where everyone feels welcome, and to making the dharma accessible to all who seek it. We rely on the generosity of retreat participants to sustain these programs.

There are two registration options:

  • Online: Make your event payment using a credit or debit card. This option is available if you are paying the Suggested donation amounts. (Online registration closes 24 hours prior to the event.)
  • In-person at the event: Make your payment by cash or check at the door on the day of the event.  Please use your best efforts to pay the Suggested donation or another heartfelt amount. No one is turned away for inability to offer a donation.


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. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you with more details. We appreciate your generosity in action. Thank you.


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Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration you may receive a refund, less a $10.00 handling fee. You must send an email refund request to prior to the start of the event. No full or partial refunds after the start of the first day. Alternatively, you may apply your registration fee to another class, or donate your fee to SIMS' scholarship fund. Please inform the registrar of your preference.


To inquire about the accessibility of SIMS events, such as wheelchair accessibility or seating for those with visual or auditory disabilities, email If, for physical or other reasons, you are not able to participate for the entire event, you are welcome to participate to the extent you are able. Please contact the event organizer or teacher at the event if you have questions.