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Connecting to the Source


In this Daylong Virtual Retreat, co-led by Vince Horn and Ryan Oelke, you'll have the opportunity to dedicate yourself to the practice of meditation, wherever you are, with a community of peers.  

The emphasis of this retreat will be on: Embodied Inquiry.  

The day will consist of periods of silence, moving and guided practices, and social meditation. We will meet online on April 20th, 2019 from 7am-1pm PT, 10am-4pm ET, 3pm-9pm GMT.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Retreat Schedule

This retreat will include periods of guided, social, and self-guided practice time. During the self-guided periods you’re encouraged to practice anything you like, including moving meditation, eating meditation, etc.

All times below are presented in Eastern Standard Time (EST):

10:00am | Retreat Opening

10:30am | Social Inquiry: What is this? (Vince Horn)

11:30am | Self-Guided Practice

12:15pm | Core Breathing (Ryan Oelke)

1:15pm | Self-Guided Practice

2:00pm | Social Embodied Inquiry Practice (Vince & Ryan)

3:00pm | Self-Guided Practice or Small Group Discussion

3:30pm | Closing

4:00pm | Retreat End

It is nice to set aside that kind of time and it really builds momentum! This week after the retreat has been great with heightened awareness and more equanimity/imperturbability in the face of work stress.
— Paul M.

Meet the Teachers


Vince Horn is part of a new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into contemporary code. A computer engineering dropout turned full-time contemplative, Vince spent his 20s co-founding the ground-breaking Buddhist Geeks Podcast, while simultaneously spending a full year, in total, on silent retreat. Vince began teaching in 2010 and has since been authorized in both the pragmatic dharma lineage of Kenneth Folk, as well as by Trudy Goodman, guiding teacher of InsightLA. He is the primary teacher of Pragmatic Dharma Training, a program for people who want to accelerate awakening. Vince has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his partner Emily and their son Zander.

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Ryan Oelke has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, and is a certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan is the founder of Awakening in Life, where he teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and the founder of PowerUp Productions.

Guided Embodiment Practices

The added dimension of social practice and experience sharing creates a warm supportive atmosphere, fostering a deep level of connection between participants, which can extend beyond the end of the retreat, as you become an integral part of an inspiring community of practitioners.
— Lisa Sherman

A Virtual Retreat

We will be gathering together via Zoom, a user-friendly platform that enables you to tune in with a computer, smart phone, or tablet. You can participate via audio, with or without video. After you register, you will receive information on how to join.

Transparent Generosity

This retreat is offered in the spirit of generosity & reciprocity. We aim to be accessible to all, and ask everyone who attends the retreat to support it generously. Donations support the organization of retreats and the teachers of the events.

After you register for the retreat, you will receive further instructions, via email, on how to donate to Buddhist Geeks, an educational 501(c)3 non-profit.

The suggested donation for this retreat is $50 (USD)

The average donation for this type of retreat is $54 (USD)

The range for this daylong is between $0 - 130 (USD)

Earlier Event: February 21
Embodied Mindfulness
Later Event: June 9
Awakening Presence (2019)