Bringing Practice to Life: An Urban Meditation Retreat (January 2024)

Dawn Mauricio & Yong Oh

Bring practice to your life and life to your practice with this urban retreat. Whether you live alone or in a full house, have little time or lots of time, a lot or a little practice experience, this retreat is designed for those who wish to cultivate a steady heart and mind right where you are.

Sunday, January 21, 2024 - Thursday, January 25, 2024


Beginning with a daylong and followed by 4 days of hour-long morning and evening sessions, we will explore how our life and practice are intimately intertwined, through discussion, guided practice, breakout groups, and Q&A. 


Sunday, January 21 - Thursday, January 25 

10am - 2:30pm ET 

Monday to Wednesday 
Morning Session: 7:30 - 8:30 am ET 
Evening Session: 7:30 - 8:30 pm ET 

Thursday - Closing session 
7:30 - 8:30 am ET


Dawn Mauricio

Dawn Mauricio (she/her), a Filipina-Canadian, has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005. She graduated from the first teacher development group of True North Insight, and Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training, Dedicated Practitioners' Program, and 4-year Retreat Teacher Training. Subsequently, Dawn co-led two 2-year Dharma training programs for True North Insight and Sacred Mountain Sangha, and leads the 8-month Spirit Rock Program Living the Dharma. She teaches with a playful, dynamic, and heartfelt approach people of color and folks of all backgrounds. Dawn leads daylongs, retreats, multi-month programs, and workshops in Canada and the US for Spirit Rock, True North Insight, Sacred Mountain Sangha, Insight LA, and at Hollyhock and Omega Institute. Dawn is a co-founder of the True North Insight BIPOC practice group, serves on the guiding teachers council of True North Insight, and the leadership council for Sacred Mountain Sangha. She is also the author of “Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners”. For more information, visit

Yong Oh

Yong is a core meditation teacher at the Durango Dharma Center and for Sacred Mountain Sangha, and is also a visiting teacher for other community centers across North America. He teaches retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Big Bear Retreat Center, and Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center. He is a graduate of the 4-year Insight Meditation Society Retreat Teacher Training program, Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s 2-year Community Dharma Leaders program, and the Sacred Mountain Sangha 2-year Dharmapala training, taught by his primary teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara. He has also worked as a coach for the Ten Percent Happier app, as a mentor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, as faculty for the Mindfulness Mentor Training program and as a mentor for Cloud Sangha. He is currently a participant in the 2-year Nature Dharma Retreat Teacher Training program, and is a member of the 2023 Eco-Advisory Group sponsored by the Bess Foundation. Yong is also a retired acupuncturist, is passionate about Nature and Dharma, and has particular interests in devotional expression, supporting caregivers, and offering teachings to communities of color in the Dharma.

Sliding Scale

TNI is dedicated to offering affordable rates to all. TNI retreat fees are on a sliding scale basis that allows participants to pay according to individual means. Fees do not include compensation for the teachings, and teachers rely on the generosity of retreatants for a sustainable income. There is an opportunity to offer dana (donations) to the teachers at the end of each retreat.

Benefactor - The Benefactor rate provides the opportunity to offer more substantial support for TNI.

Sustaining - The Sustaining rate represents the actual cost to TNI to operate our programs. If you can afford this level or higher, you assist our efforts to offer lower sliding-scale rates and ongoing financial subsidies.

Base - The Base rate covers 82 % of what is needed to run our organization. To balance our budget and to wisely steward our resources, donations must supplement our registration income.

Reduced - Payment at the Reduced rate covers only 71 % of what is needed to run our organization. To balance our budget and to wisely steward our resources, donations must supplement our registration income.