Retreats provide an important opportunity to deepen into the stillness of being while setting aside the tasks of daily life. While sitting meditation and satsang are an integral part of Jon’s retreats, participants are also given ample free time to relax into nature, take walks, and have unstructured time. Jon says, “On retreat, what before was really subtle can suddenly become much more obvious. What happens on retreat at an energetic level facilitates getting to the truth of our experience. I invite you to utilize the environment energetically. It’s a powerful working field.”

Jon presently offers two residential retreats per year. These three-night silent retreats are held at Santa Sabina Retreat Center in San Rafael.

In addition to the three night retreats, Jon will occassionally schedule one-day retreats at different locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. All currently scheduled retreats, with sign-up information, are listed below.


May 2015 Retreat

Thursday, April 30th through Sunday, May 3rd

Jon’s Spring 2015 3-night silent meditation & satsang retreat is open for registration. If you are interested in attending, please let us know soon by emailing us at

Payment: Once we confirm that there is a space available, make your check payable to ‘Clear Water Sangha’ and mail it to:

Clear Water Sangha
Attn: Jon Bernie
PO Box 14823
San Francisco, CA 94114

Room and Board cost: $456 (double room)
A minimum deposit of $228 (of which $100 is nonrefundable) is required to secure your space in the retreat. The balance will be due on March 30th.