Gatherings and Retreats

Jon Bernie offers Inspired Aliveness ® gatherings and retreats online with occasional in-person events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants often find these events to be intimate and transformative. Read What is a gathering?

Gatherings and retreats have a fluid structure guided by Jon’s intuition — familiar to many of you from his podcasts — with silent sitting, talks by Jon, and one-on-one work with a number of participants.

Sign up below and look out for important meeting instructions.

See you soon!
Jon and Clear Water Sangha volunteer staff

A photo of Jon Bernie at one of the local gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I enroll to an online event?

You should receive a confirmation email from If you do not see this email within an hour of enrollment, please check your spam folder. Reminder emails with meeting instructions and meeting links are sent out 24 hours and 1 hour prior to an event. For retreats—follow up emails with meeting links are sent out daily.

What will I need in order to join an online event?

We recommend having these when you join for the most optimal gathering or retreat experience for yourself, Jon and other participants.

  • A free Zoom account
  • Fast internet—we have found that a wired internet connection may prevent your video feed from being dropped.
  • Earbuds with an embedded mic—prevents audio feedback and ensures good voice quality if you have an interaction 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!

How can I prepare for an online event?

We recommend joining meetings 15 minutes prior to the start of the event to address unexpected technical issues. Once the event begins, we cannot assist you.

We strongly recommend double-checking the time and date of these events for your timezone if you live outside of Pacific Timezone. Convert to your time zone

Will this event be recorded?

Please be advised that we record all events, which we will be working to make available for access on the Inspired Aliveness Podcast. Should you have a one-on-one interaction with Jon and wish to have your interaction edited out of the recording, please email us at

Will a refund be issued for an online gathering or retreat upon cancelation?
  • Gathering cancelations are nonrefundable.
  • Retreat cancellations are fully refundable minus a $25 processing fee limited to 4 days before the retreat. No refunds will be given within 3 days of the retreat.

* Enrollment fees for online events are nontransferable.