The Robert Hall Vipassana Retreat was, unfortunately, cancelled due to Hurricane Odile. Please watch for the next retreat in 2015 with Robert as we'd love to have you as a guest!
Robert completed his residency in psychiatry in July 1963. He practiced psychotherapy in Marin County, California until November 2001 when he retired from practice and moved to Todos Santos Baja California Sur, Mexico where he makes his home today.
While practicing psychiatry in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Hall earned an international reputation with his innovative and pioneering work in somatic/body oriented therapies. In 1970 he co-founded the Lomi School of Somatic Studies located in Santa Rosa, California. In 1989 the Lomi School developed into the Lomi Counseling Clinic, a public agency dedicated to offering low-cost psychotherapy and supervised training for licensing of Marriage and Family Therapy practitioners.
The Lomi School and Counseling Clinic have become well-known throughout the USA and EU for its excellence in training psychologists interested in developing skills in body-based and meditation-related therapy.
Dr. Hall is also an ordained Buddhist priest and meditation teacher and has been leading retreats since 1980. He is currently on the Teachers Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center--a Buddhist meditation center offering residential silent meditation retreats ( www. Spiritrock.org ) Robert is a teacher to thousands, and a mentor to hundreds of students.
Robert Hall is also a published poet and performer. His book of poems, OUT OF NOWHERE, was published by Running Wolf Press in 2000. He has given numerous public readings of his work, and with musicians he has performed three spoken-word and music concerts. He has released two CDs, OUT OF NOWHERE and WHAT A MYSTERY, in collaboration with musicians Brian Hand & Teja Bell.
He has authored numerous articles, forwards to books on consciousness, and has lectured at many leading universities, including the Univ. of Berlin, Univ. of California, Univ. of Florida, Univ. of Hamburg. He is frequently a key-note speaker at conferences on spiritual practice and therapy modalities.
Dr. Hall is founder and director of El Dharma based in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico (www.eldharma.com) which offers dharma talks and guided meditation, and 5-day silent retreats in the Vipassana tradition also known as Insight Meditation. He is currently writing a book of memoirs, and lives in Todos Santos, BCS Mexico.