Mindfulness with Breathing (ānāpānasati) has been an important foundation practice throughout Buddhist history; many meditators have been exposed to it in some form. It serves as a comprehensive meditation system on its own and also as a support for many lovely practices. This retreat will explore the roots and potentials of ānāpānasati as originally outlined by Buddha in order to better serve as a foundation in our cultivation of the middle way, strengthening our daily practice of mindfulness, inquiry, serenity, letting go, and letting be.
Ānāpānasati is also a path of healing: physically and emotionally, along with spiritually. Those of us who explore the full potential of the Buddha’s original meditation system will find its fruits bringing vitality and joy to how we breathe, how we live through our bodies, how we experience emotions, the quality of our thinking, and clarity of seeing. There is much suffering in our world and wholesome ways to meet that suffering.
In addition to the ānāpānasati guidance I received from my teacher, I’ve been fortunate to learn Thai massage (southern style), qigong, Enneagram, and somatic experiencing touch skills. Over the years these have enhanced my appreciation of breathing and the possibilities of well-rounded meditation practice. I’ve enjoyed integrating these gifts within a rich palette of meditation skills.
This retreat will integrate these healing meditation practices with Buddhist teachings and ānāpānasati. Most of the healing meditations will be connected with breathing, thus reinforcing, expanding, and deepening the experience of breathing mindfully and compassionately. Yogis will find more resources in themselves and more confidence in shaping their own path of healing, composure, insight, kindness, and awakening.
Daily guided meditations will foster well-rounded exploration of ānāpānasati’s potential. Dhamma talks will reflect on the core principles of the Buddha-Dhamma that shape our practice and liberate us from being stuck in distress and suffering. Qigong will provide ānāpānasati with movement and healing energy throughout body-mind. The safe, friendly, and beautiful space that Cloud Mountain provides for retreat also contributes to healing. We will enjoy wholesome living, healthy food, noble silence, and community of practice. Santikaro will be available for one-on-one and small-group practice interviews.
Mindfulness with Breathing: a manual for serious beginners, Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu (Wisdom, 1988)
Experience Requirement: One residential, silent, Buddhist meditation retreat of at least 5 days.
Partial attendance is not offered on this retreat. Additionally, please consider attending this retreat only if your current life circumstances allow you to engage in an important modern renunciation practice of staying offline and off phone/text during the entire course of the retreat (some exceptions related to pressing family situations may be granted.)
2021 CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
A vaccination requirement is in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.
All participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.
We will continue to require all retreatants, staff and teachers to remain masked throughout the retreat.
The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment to respond most appropriately to covid-19 conditions. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.
This retreat is intended for experienced students.
Subsidized fee : $910 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $1105 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $1300 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Following in the Buddhist tradition, none of your registration fee will go to the teacher(s). Please consider offering teacher dāna at the event to support their livelihood. (Dāna is a term for generosity, or freely offered giving. You can find more information about this way of offering the teachings and the "economy of gifts" on our Donation page.)