“It’s not what you think;
it’s much, much less” 

–  Adyashanti



GBF Spring Retreat 2024: April 17-21, 2024


In this five-day (four-night) partly silent retreat, we will sit and walk in meditation together, chant, eat, and be in connection with nature and each other. The emphasis will be on deepening our practice of mindfulness, lovingkindness, and wise action in relationship—with ourselves, each other, our community, and the wider world.

Taught by one of GBF’s favorite visiting teachers from the Insight Meditation tradition, Dr. Sean Feit Oakes, we invite GBF members, friends, and queer male-identified applicants*, to join us for our first longer retreat at the beautiful redwood forest temple of Vajrapani Institute (vajrapani.org). The retreat will be in a relaxed Insight Meditation format, with silent morning and evening practice, time for sangha connection and a choice of activities in the midday. With extensive silent practice, connection, and Dharma discussion, the retreat aims to support both beginners and experienced students to deepen their practice in spiritual community.

Retreat Information

The retreat is open to GBF members, friends, and queer male-identified applicants*.

Schedule: We gather on Wednesday, April 17th at 3 pm and depart on Sunday, April 21st at 2 pm.

Registration: Deadline to register is April 3rd. No refunds after April 10th.

Location: Vajrapani Institute (in Santa Cruz Mountains, near Boulder Creek, CA)

Teacher: Sean Feit Oakes, PhD


Various sleeping arrangements are available and listed on the registration form.


Vegetarian meals are provided as part of the event. Be prepared to bring supplemental food if you are concerned or have special dietary requirements.

Retreat Scholarship Fund

We offer scholarships to those who find the fee unaffordable. Please contact us prior to registering with the amount you can pay and a letter requesting a scholarship to cover the balance. Contact gaybuddhistfellowship@gmail.com to request a scholarship.

The deadline for scholarship requests is March 27, 2024.
(We will notify applicants if the fund is insufficient to cover their requests.)

*GBF’s Fall Retreat (September 20-22, 2024) at Land of The Medicine Buddha will be open to the wider LGBTQIA+ identified community


Registration questions can be directed to Jerry Jones at jjones13773@gmail.com

Registration for Spring Retreat

Registration deadline is April 3, 2024
Deadline for scholarships is March 27.

Retreat Teacher

Sean Oakes, PhD

Dr. Sean Oakes, PhD.

(he/him, queer, of Spanish/Puerto Rican and Northern European ancestry living on unceded Pomo land in California), teaches Buddhism, Yoga, and somatic practice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield, wrote his dissertation on extraordinary states in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance, and focuses on the integration of philosophy, somatics, and social justice discourse with the Dharma. He teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, Insight Timer, and elsewhere.

Website: SeanFeitOakes.com