Online Gatherings and Retreats

A Life Changing Experience

I think last night was a life changing experience for me. I feel lucky and honored to have been present. Was that… Read more “A Life Changing Experience”

Greg

Nothing short of amazing

I have been engaging with Jon’s online satsangs over the last three years. Jon has consistently provided cutting edge facilitation for my… Read more “Nothing short of amazing”

Henry

The Saturday satsangs are so palpably full of healing energy…

Just writing to sprinkle heaps of appreciation your way! The Saturday satsangs are so palpably full of healing energy, grounding us back… Read more “The Saturday satsangs are so palpably full of healing energy…”

Ingrid

HIS JOY IS CONTAGIOUS!!

Jacinto (Jon's father in law)

What a beautiful gift!

The love you emanate feels like a warm blanket for my heart. Such gentleness. Your joy is also much appreciated. What a… Read more “What a beautiful gift!”

Jenny

I find this helps me work with myself in staying more open to experience as it comes

I really appreciate Jon’s openness to the experience as it unfolds – I personally benefit from how he is with the flow… Read more “I find this helps me work with myself in staying more open to experience as it comes”

Cheryl

I am left grounded, expanded and in total peace.

I always appreciate the space between each question for silent sitting. I also enjoy his way of including the human experience into… Read more “I am left grounded, expanded and in total peace.”

Susan

It was lovely to hear from people around the world

Jon’s online satsang is a Godsend! I was recently injured and am temporarily housebound. I was so happy to be able to… Read more “It was lovely to hear from people around the world”

Patricia

I had a very big healing in satsang today.

I just want to express my deepest gratitude for Jon. I had a very big healing in satsang today. Jon has been… Read more “I had a very big healing in satsang today.”

Babak

I experienced myself processing something naturally until I felt clear and open-hearted

In my second sitting with Jon I yet again found myself more effortlessly able to settle into myself and able to be… Read more “I experienced myself processing something naturally until I felt clear and open-hearted”

Rob

I found the whole event very powerful in ways I didn’t expect from an online experience.

I appreciated the wonderful openness of Jon and all the participants. I found the whole event very powerful in ways I didn’t… Read more “I found the whole event very powerful in ways I didn’t expect from an online experience.”

Lorna

My work with Jon this weekend was cathartic

My interaction with Jon was so beneficial. I haven’t worked with him in a long time and really needed a check-in. Though… Read more “My work with Jon this weekend was cathartic”

Mark

Jon’s teachings have allowed me to tune into presence, and discover that presence is not dead, static, or absent, but actually unfolding, emerging, and alive

This was a beautiful and potent retreat. I have a long history of feeling like there is nothing there when I turn… Read more “Jon’s teachings have allowed me to tune into presence, and discover that presence is not dead, static, or absent, but actually unfolding, emerging, and alive”

Nicole

I spoke to Jon and today am feeling the results of a profound shift emotionally, energetically and physically!

It was a great Satsang for me…I spoke to Jon and today am feeling the results of a profound shift emotionally, energetically… Read more “I spoke to Jon and today am feeling the results of a profound shift emotionally, energetically and physically!”

Sue

That exchange has been echoing within ever since

…the transmission came through loud and clear! I actually felt Jon was particularly direct at times that really was helpful for me.… Read more “That exchange has been echoing within ever since”

Shirley

… the energy Jon transmits helps me BE here

I am missing my heart’s home at Arunachala and the energy Jon transmits helps me BE here. I just want to express… Read more “… the energy Jon transmits helps me BE here”

Marsha

[The satsang space that Jon holds] feels so inclusive, safe, allowing and transcendent all at the same time.

I always feel Jon is speaking directly to me, answering questions I didn’t know I even had and touching my heart in… Read more “[The satsang space that Jon holds] feels so inclusive, safe, allowing and transcendent all at the same time.”

Sue

Connecting With Stillness In a Normal, Everyday Manner

I appreciated the many opportunities to connect with the stillness in a conscious way that was treated in a normal everyday manner… Read more “Connecting With Stillness In a Normal, Everyday Manner”

Lorna

… a true gift to those who are interested in exploring the nature of their experience in a kind, loving and completely judgement-free space.

Jon is generous with time and spirit. He is right there to meet you where you are and guide you to deeper… Read more “… a true gift to those who are interested in exploring the nature of their experience in a kind, loving and completely judgement-free space.”

Jake

Jon doesn’t just talk it, he walks the walk. Anyone who has studied with a teacher knows how rare this is.

I loved that Jon shared his grief with us in the 3-day retreat and then followed up this week in satsang. It… Read more “Jon doesn’t just talk it, he walks the walk. Anyone who has studied with a teacher knows how rare this is.”

Kristy

I feel safe with him

Jon is a beautiful being, I feel safe with him, which has not always been my experience in the… Read more “I feel safe with him”

Ingrid K

One of the qualities that has always drawn me to Jon is this authenticity where there is nothing to defend.

The ‘Presence/Union’ (for want of language) was immediately felt. There was complete safety & unconditional Love which meant that I was open… Read more “One of the qualities that has always drawn me to Jon is this authenticity where there is nothing to defend.”

Alaine

It’s changing my life. This sounds dramatic, and I guess it is

What you spoke just resonated so deeply and my mind was actually blown. In a good way, hehe. Pretty much every satsang… Read more “It’s changing my life. This sounds dramatic, and I guess it is”

Stefan

… the retreat process continues to unfold and open me up into unknown parts of my being

Thank you very much Jon. As time passes by I am still profoundly touched by your deep deep love of humanness. And… Read more “… the retreat process continues to unfold and open me up into unknown parts of my being”

Benjamin

Deeply touched and moved.

Jon has extraordinary presence, compassion and depth, the like of which I don’t think I’ve ever come across before. His ability to… Read more “Deeply touched and moved.”

Kate

Felt very connected.

Felt very connected. The sharing was off the charts. I identified with everyone. Just a great… Read more “Felt very connected.”

Roy

So many jewels from this weekend

I love Jon’s mixture of warmth, humour and wisdom all served in a fresh unique way that honours the wisdom of ancient… Read more “So many jewels from this weekend”

Andy

The words and silence of the retreat are still working through me. The river is flowing.

It was my first retreat. And a special one, because of Jon’s emergency-family-call. I was deeply touched by seeing how he managed… Read more “The words and silence of the retreat are still working through me. The river is flowing.”

Nicole

It is as if every part of me has come Home.

This was my first retreat with Jon and I am super grateful for these 3 days of deepening into Stillness. Through following… Read more “It is as if every part of me has come Home.”

Sue

I appreciate more than I can say that in Jon’s retreats I have the exquisite space to meet myself and all of my facets,

I loved the depth of this group, how beautifully we attuned to one another as soon as we began. I loved Jon’s… Read more “I appreciate more than I can say that in Jon’s retreats I have the exquisite space to meet myself and all of my facets,”

Kristy

I felt like I was … coming home to my own loving heart. I was no longer abandoning myself.

After a rough week and feeling very unsafe and out of it, I kept remembering something Jon said in a previous Satsang,… Read more “I felt like I was … coming home to my own loving heart. I was no longer abandoning myself.”

Barbara

Thank you Jon, thank you all from Clearwater Sangha and everyone joining from all over the world.

Thank you so much for providing these online meetings. So much gratitude and love to meet like this and be supported in… Read more “Thank you Jon, thank you all from Clearwater Sangha and everyone joining from all over the world.”

Jana

I loved the intense presence and energy that emanated from Jon and the group,

I loved the intense presence and energy that emanated from Jon and the group, and I loved how Jon responded to each… Read more “I loved the intense presence and energy that emanated from Jon and the group,”

Yonatan

I feel re-inspired and very grateful after experiencing a period of little interest in spiritual teachers or teachings. Jon’s message is fresh and resonates …

The online meeting was a nourishing opportunity to be together in the fertile soil of shared quietness. I was grateful for Jon’s… Read more “I feel re-inspired and very grateful after experiencing a period of little interest in spiritual teachers or teachings. Jon’s message is fresh and resonates …”

Sue

Jon helped me work through some things I have been struggling with in my own practice. For this I am forever grateful.

I appreciate the fact that Jon took the time with each person he called on and that he explained things in a… Read more “Jon helped me work through some things I have been struggling with in my own practice. For this I am forever grateful.”

Lea

… so natural, so approachable, and also so profound.

Jon’s approach to teaching is so natural, so approachable, and also so profound. I find that often weeks after a Satsang or… Read more “… so natural, so approachable, and also so profound.”

Nicolas

I appreciated the sense of community … our connection to each other.

I appreciated the sense of community with others that Jon refers to in various ways, our connection to each other. I appreciated… Read more “I appreciated the sense of community … our connection to each other.”

Faith

I like how he guides us back to what we’re experiencing Now to help us free ourselves from our stories.

I appreciate how Jon invites us to simply be with what is happening “right now” and guides us toward allowing that just… Read more “I like how he guides us back to what we’re experiencing Now to help us free ourselves from our stories.”

Jeania

Jon never fails to bring great love to the very nitty gritty truth of each of us.

Jon never fails to bring great love to the very nitty gritty truth of each of us. His satsangs are always deeply… Read more “Jon never fails to bring great love to the very nitty gritty truth of each of us.”

Barbara

Jon helped with some heart blockages and deep pain I have been dealing with for years

Jon helped with some heart blockages and deep pain I have been dealing with for years. And he did it in like… Read more “Jon helped with some heart blockages and deep pain I have been dealing with for years”

Benjamin L

I appreciated … the quality of listening emanating from the group; the warmth and humanness of the way Jon delivers the teaching …

I appreciated the spontaneity of the meeting, how welcome Jon, the staff and participants made me feel, the variety of participants and… Read more “I appreciated … the quality of listening emanating from the group; the warmth and humanness of the way Jon delivers the teaching …”

Corinne

Provides guidance that brings the person in touch with their deeper self and their own autonomy.

I am always amazed how deeply Jon is able to focus completely on anyone who wants to sit with him and provide… Read more “Provides guidance that brings the person in touch with their deeper self and their own autonomy.”

Barbara

Jon is a master at meeting each person where they are

Jon is a master at meeting each person where they are, and helping them to uncover the healing that they need in… Read more “Jon is a master at meeting each person where they are”

Kevin M

On the second day, I felt as if my entire being melted within itself,

It was a wonderful and intense [retreat] experience. First of all, I felt a lot of energy for 3 days before the… Read more “On the second day, I felt as if my entire being melted within itself,”

Marie

I never imagined an online event could be so deeply nourishing.

Sitting with Jon and watching Jon work with others, I felt like I was being effortlessly guided to act and relate–with others… Read more “I never imagined an online event could be so deeply nourishing.”

Justin L

All that arises is gratitude for the presence and availability of all that attended, and Jon for guiding in such a light-hearted, playful and warm way…

I’m just feeling peace right now, and this peace doesn’t have any words that can truly describe it. All that arises is… Read more “All that arises is gratitude for the presence and availability of all that attended, and Jon for guiding in such a light-hearted, playful and warm way…”

Samuel J

It felt like my heart was defrosting

This has been one of the most profound retreats ever. Tears were brimming from the start– it felt like my heart was… Read more “It felt like my heart was defrosting”

Jane D

Well, if there was any doubt that a retreat would work in the online format, it has been squashed.

Well, if there was any doubt that a retreat would work in the online format, it has been squashed. Wonderful, wonderful event… Read more “Well, if there was any doubt that a retreat would work in the online format, it has been squashed.”

Trey

The online retreat worked very well for me. In many ways it was easier for me to deepen and to work with things that were coming up.

The online retreat worked very well for me. In many ways it was easier for me to deepen and to work with… Read more “The online retreat worked very well for me. In many ways it was easier for me to deepen and to work with things that were coming up.”

Teresa

The reminder to just Be

I am very happy about the possibility to join online meetings. I live in Germany and otherwise it would not be possible… Read more “The reminder to just Be”

Christina Z

I am blown away every time. It attests to the power of our group connection.

Oh wow. The deep richness of opportunity that becomes available for diving deeper into my own inner awareness by ‘being with’ the… Read more “I am blown away every time. It attests to the power of our group connection.”

Stefan S

My experience was deep and very beautiful- I was able to be very in-the-moment and truly am grateful to each and every person in the room and to Jon, of course.

I had heard that the online satsang was a truly wonderful experience- and it certainly was true. It was just as powerful… Read more “My experience was deep and very beautiful- I was able to be very in-the-moment and truly am grateful to each and every person in the room and to Jon, of course.”

Mark

What people are saying about these events

"HIS JOY IS CONTAGIOUS!!" —JACINTO (JON'S FATHER IN LAW)

Upcoming Online Gatherings (Satsangs)

Saturdays 11am -1pm PDT
Enrollments end 90 minutes before the event. 
Limited to 150 people.
Cost $20 USD

Upcoming Online Retreats

3-Day Online Retreat: 

October 27-29

Friday through Sunday

10am - 3:30pm PDT

Cost $150 or $200 USD (depending on ability to pay)

Enrollments end 90 minutes before the event.

Limited to 150 people. 

With breaks every hour, view timezone conversion below.

We strongly recommend double-checking the time and date of these events for your timezone if you live outside of PST. 

Convert to your time zone 

Focus for the Retreat 

Come up with a clear intention for what you want to gain from the retreat.

Align with presence or the mysterious guiding force of not knowing.

Experience each moment with Beginner's Mind.
Develop compassion, empathy, patience and forgiveness for the insecure ego who wants to know and be in control.
Develop gratitude and the ability to bring an attitude of fascination and curiosity to whatever is happening in the present moment and forgiveness to the parts of oneself that are afraid and judgmental.

Jon Bernie

Jon Bernie leading online satsangOnline Events with Jon  are unique, with a feel unlike anything else. Participants remark how intimate and transformative they are, which is often surprising given that we are all joining from our homes all over world! These meetings have a fluid structure guided by Jon's intuition, similar to his local gatherings—familiar to many of you from his podcasts—with silent sitting, teaching from Jon and one-on-one work with a number of participants.

Sign up early to have time to receive and read important instructions. Registration closes 90 min before the event.

See you soon!

Jon and Clear Water Sangha volunteer staff

Jon Bernie is a contemporary, nondual spiritual teacher who offers a compassionate, heart-centered approach to awakening. His teaching focuses on returning the attention to the already enlightened state that lies at the core of our human experience. A series of early awakening experiences as a teenager led Jon to ordain as a monk in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and subsequently to the practice of retreat-based vipassana (insight meditation) as an early student of Jack Kornfield. In the late 1980s, Jon’s spiritual trajectory was profoundly altered by Jean Klein, an accomplished teacher of Advaita Vedanta and Kashmiri Yoga, with whom he studied intensively for an extended period. Jon subsequently spent time with H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji) and Robert Adams, both direct disciples of Ramana Maharshi.

He has four decades of practice and study in the Zen, Theravada Buddhist & Advaita traditions and was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002.

TO JOIN, YOU WILL NEED

  • A (free) Zoom account

  • A high-speed, wired internet connection from your desktop or laptop computer (tablets may not work)

  • Earbuds with embedded mic

    (Do I really need these? Read more below*)

“The online satsang yesterday was a grounding and beautiful experience for me. After a week of feeling a bit scattered, I found the online gathering to facilitate a beautiful dropping-in and sense of connection. Living across the country, I'm very grateful for these gatherings.”
 
Jason

“I loved the small group connection and our personal connecting time also. I could feel there was a circular energy flowing from the whole group. I liked the format, especially the quiet sitting between dialogues, I felt that worked really well. Thanks again Jon ... and the team and I look forward to connecting again soon. Lots of Love and Blessings…”
—Paul

“Thank you for the wonderful experience with yesterday’s Satsang. It was my first ever experience like this, so I just wanted to reach out and say it was a true joy to sense the presence of all of you wonderful souls…” 
—Anders

“Thank you for the wonderful online Satsang. It was so lovely to connect with young people from all over the world. The energy was palpable.”

—Ann

*We recommend having these when you join for the most optimal gathering (satsang) or retreat experience for yourself, for Jon and for other participants. We have found that a wired internet connection may prevent your video feed from being dropped. Earbuds with embedded mic prevents audio feedback and ensures good voice quality if you dialogue with Jon. Can you try without these? Sure! But we cannot vouch for the quality of your experience. Our goal is to create an online environment free of technological distractions as much as we can so we can focus on the intention of our gathering--just like our in-person events. We hope to see you there!

Enrollment and preparation: Upon enrollment, you should receive a confirmation email from <scheduling@acuityscheduling.com> with important information. If you do not see this email within an hour of enrollment, please check your spam or promotions folder. Registration closes 90 minutes before the event start time. Even if you've done Zoom events before, we recommend logging on 15 minutes before the start time to make sure you don't have any unexpected technical issues. Once the event begins, we cannot assist you.

Recording: Please be reminded that we will record these online events, which we will be working to make available for access down the line. If you work with Jon one-on-one in a meeting and would like to have your interaction edited out of the recording, please email us to let us know. 

Cancellations: The enrollment fee for all online events is nontransferable. For Online Gatherings (satsangs), the enrollment fee is nonrefundable. For retreat cancellations, a full refund minus a $25 processing fee will be given up to 4 days before the retreat. No refund within 3 days of the retreat.

Clear Water Sangha is supported by hard-working volunteers and provides free written, podcast and video teachings. We are grateful for all support.