About Meditation Retreats

Retreat is an extraordinary opportunity to disengage from the rhythms of our daily lives and bring ourselves wholeheartedly to meditative practice.  Coming together for periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily meals, and Dharma instruction, we use mindfulness to observe what is happening in our minds and hearts to see how it impacts our lives and those around us.  In this way we can explore the roots of our suffering, as well as our potential depths of peace, compassion, and wisdom.  Through this noble practice we may get a taste of the radical freedom of being present with what is.  Please click on the tabs to the left to see our current retreat schedules.

Who comes to meditation retreats?

Our retreats are attended by people of all ages, spiritual paths, and walks of life.  You do not have to be a Buddhist to benefit from the universal and practical teachings offered at our retreats.  Retreats range from 2-day retreats intended for beginners to retreats that are several weeks long for more experienced meditators.  Whatever your level of meditation practice is, we are confident that you will find a retreat appropriate for you.

Noble Silence

The great majority of retreats at Cloud Mountain are held in silence.  By observing outer silence and temporarily renouncing our usual habits of conversation, we provide a support for the cultivation of a deep inner silence.  Essential communication is done through notes on the center's message board.  For the sake of the integrity your own retreat experience, we ask that you keep notes to a minimum.  In the event of an emergency, you are welcome to speak to a staff member in a way so as not to disturb other participants.  There will be spoken daily Dharma talks as well as opportunities to engage verbally during question and answer periods and private interviews with teachers.

May I arrange a personal retreat at Cloud Mountain? Can my meditation group rent your facility to hold our retreat?

Unfortunately we do not offer personal retreats or facility rentals.  You will find other retreat centers listed on the internet.  For directories of retreat centers, you may try:

Sample Schedule

This schedule is a sample of a typical day on retreat at Cloud Mountain.  The schedule for each retreat is decided by the teaching staff and may vary considerably from what is displayed below.  At the very least, you can expect any retreat schedule to feature three daily meals, periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma instruction, and light chores.

5:45 am......................Wake-up

6:15............................ Sitting Meditation

7:00............................ Breakfast

8:30............................ Instruction & Sitting

9:30............................ Walking Meditation

10:15.......................... Sitting

11:00.......................... Walking

11:30.......................... Sitting

12:00 pm.................... Lunch

2:00............................. Sitting

2:45............................. Walking

3:30............................. Sitting

4:15............................. Yoga in Diamond Hall

5:00............................. Dinner

6:30............................. Sitting

7:00............................. Walking

7:30............................. Dharma Talk

8:15............................. Walking

8:45............................. Sitting

9:30............................. Sleep or continued practice