Cloud Mountain Retreat Center is a non-sectarian Buddhist center hosting residential retreats year round. We're located deep in the forests of southwest Washington, approximately 125 miles south of Seattle, WA, and 60 miles north of Portland, OR.
Cloud Mountain is situated on fifteen beautiful, forested acres which are dotted with ponds and a lovely creek. The retreat center is a veritable wildlife refuge which we share with black-tailed deer, songbirds of all kinds, great blue herons, owls, ducks, raccoons, koi, newts, salamanders and the occasional river otter. The facility is made up of a complex of buildings tucked into the forest and connected by winding, rock-lined gravel paths. You may take a Photo Tour
to visit Cloud Mountain's various buildings and the grounds.
Our maximum group size is 44 retreatants. Retreats are usually led by one or two teachers. We wish to maintain a group size that feels intimate and personal, where no one feels like "just another face in the crowd." We wish to provide each participant with opportunities for both group and one-on-one practice discussions with teachers. We wish each individual to feel a sense of belonging within the community. From this sense of belonging, it is our hope that each retreatant experience both being the recipient of the support of the group energy and also the privilege and feeling of sacred empowerment in helping to provide support for the well being of the group as a whole.
The bulk of our retreat schedule includes retreats grounded in Theravadin teachings, which emphasize insight (vipassana) and mindfulness teachings. However, we also honor and value the teachings that are central to the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. We particularly value the teachings on emptiness and the cultivation of bodhicitta—the aspiration to work in service of the awakening of all beings—as our motivation for practice.
Our purpose is to provide opportunities for all individuals to hear and practice Buddhist teachings with qualified and realized teachers in an environment that combines simplicity, integrity, kindness and direct contact with the beauty and energies of the natural world in support of spiritual deepening and realization. It is our intention to provide a foundation for the balanced cultivation of the Three Pillars of Buddhism: ethical and moral behavior (Śīla, शील, 尸羅), generosity and giving (Dāna, दान, 檀) and the cultivation of wisdom (Bhāvanā, भावना, 禅定).