Calm mountain and lake landscape at dusk
Calm mountain and lake landscape at dusk

No Mirror to Polish: A 5-Day Retreat with Richard Miller

October 14—19, 2022



“Why talk of attaining and not attaining. Let erroneous thinking perish. Then nothing remains to seek or prevent happiness from arising in every moment.” —Excerpt from The Zen Teaching of Huang Po–On the Transmission of Mind, Translated by John Blofeld)

Meditation, Essential Nature, and enlightenment are not attainments. They are already present—knocking from the inside—longing for expression and patiently waiting to be fully realized.

Meditation does not entail journeying to another abode or realizing some higher spiritual self. It entails realizing that there is no mirror that needs polishing in order for us to awaken as our Essential Nature. 

With this realization, suffering eases and unconditioned joy, peace, love, and equanimity blossom. This is the way of love. This is the way of enlightenment. This is the path of harmony. Here, all movements of body, mind, and the world are recognized as direct pointers. They continually reveal “This” about our self, which is simple, beautiful, and neither coming nor going. It is ever-present, whole, equanimous, interconnected, not separate, and the essence of happiness and wellbeing.

This 5-day retreat engages practices of Body and BreathSensing Yoga, prolonged periods of meditation, iRest Yoga Nidra, and spirited self-inquiry. All to reveal and celebrate awakening not as an achievement, but as our continual presence in which we experience our true home in the mystery that we call life.

Watch this excerpt from a previous retreat with Richard:

Remote video URL


This event will be livestreamed using Zoom.


$960 - Early Bird Pricing (Available through September 14, 2022)
$1060 - Regular Pricing

Scholarships are available.


This event satisfies the Certification long retreat requirement.
  • Each workshop will be recorded and you can watch the replay for an 8-week period following each event.


Friday, October 14 to Wednesday, October 19, 2022


The schedule is listed in Pacific Time. Feel free to convert the schedule to your time zone by clicking here.

Friday, October 14:

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday - Tuesday, October 15-19:

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19:

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



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