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Block, Build, Be Leadership Retreat with Buddhist Peace Fellowship Compassionate Cadre July 15–17, 2016

Do you get down at the intersection of social justice and Buddhism? Looking to build community with other folks dedicated to practicing spiritual and political liberation?

We’d like to officially invite you to apply for our Build, Block and Be Leadership Retreat! To combine our superpowers for love and justice, BPF is assembling a select, three-day gathering in Northern California on July 15 – 17, 2016.

walker creek ranch

We’ll sit and swim, plot and play, connect and rejoice together in gorgeous Petaluma this summer as we reflect on what each of us offers — Blocking, Building, and Being — at the intersection of Buddhism and social justice. Our days together will include

  • Relaxing, reflecting, and contemplating
  • Exploring topics in Buddhism + Racial Justice
  • Investigating how wisdom can support us inside and outside of organizing
  • Asking what kinds of work are valued in our political lives, and why

The retreat will begin Friday, July 15th at 8:30 am in Richmond, California. We will caravan to Walker Creek Ranch, and will conclude the retreat at 3pm on Sunday, July 17th. If you will be coming from out of town, we will be in contact with you about finding a local host for your lodging on Thursday night.


“From each according to ability, to each according to need.”

We are gonna try to make this retreat hella accessible and fantastic. Our host Walker Creek Ranch has wheelchair-accessible, low-scent facilities with vegan and vegetarian food options upon request, as well as other dietary options according to your needs.

For the health and safety of fellow BPFers with chemical sensitivities, we ask that you please arrive and remain fragrance-free throughout the weekend. Here’s more on how to do that.


You can choose among 3 lodging packages for the 3-day, 2-night stay. (Prices include all meals for the weekend.)

CAMPING: $162.45

ECONOMY (Bunk Beds): $215.50


In our efforts to stay consistent with anti-capitalist, sharing-based values, we will ask for contributions on a sliding scale according to what you can afford to offer. Full and partial scholarships are available for any of the lodging packages, and partial / full financial assistance is also available for travel.

The Application Form has more information about how to offer or request financial assistance or other supportive magic. We’re happy to try to find creative solutions so don’t be shy if there’s something you need. <3



1. Complete Application Form

Your application form will let us know more about you, and about your needs and preferences for the retreat — including lodging selections, dietary needs, accessibility, travel scholarships, and all that jazz.


2. Pay Deposit ($40)

Once you have been accepted into the retreat, you’ll be asked to pay a $40 deposit. Your deposit holds your place at the retreat and goes toward your meals and lodging. The deposit is non-refundable, so please do not pay the deposit until you have heard from us that you are accepted into the retreat. If you are not financially able to pay this deposit, please email to talk about waiving it.


3. Pay Balance (Due June 1)

Once you are accepted and submit your deposit, please wait patiently to hear from us about whether you’re accepted. We’re doing our best to respond to everyone speedily! If you’re accepted, we will be in touch and work out your registration fees with you according to what you can offer and how much we have in the scholarship pool for all participants. You’ll then complete your registration by paying any remaining balance after financial assistance is calculated.

We hope this retreat will leave you feeling inspired and ready to renew your great offerings, personal and political, creative and radiant, in a web of radical dharma friends who have your back.

Aware of the unnecessary suffering

Caused by racism, sexism, ableism, war,

economic exploitation, imperialism,

and other forms of systemic oppression,

We strive to bridge our practice in the Buddhadharma

with our work in the world

To further collective liberation for all beings.


As buddhists, we do not seek state power

or religious leadership within mass movements.

Instead, we want to hone and improve our contributions

(individual and collective)

to social movements as they arise and evolve.


© 2017 Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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