In our increasingly fast-paced technological world, developing and deepening Embodied Presence is becoming one of the most important “dharmas of our times” for both beginning and experienced practitioners. At this retreat we will dive into the direct experience of being embodied through the First Foundation of Mindfulness teachings, with a curious and joyful spirit.

  • Mindfulness of breathing. Includes deepening into the direct experience of breath in the body and experiencing the pleasure and happiness available in the breath-body.
  • Mindfulness of the nervous system (“calming the body ?formation”). Includes innovative instructions for mindfulness with pain in meditation, decreasing anxiety and melting subtle bracing (holding) patterns in the body. Informed from the system of Somatic Experiencing.
  • Mindfulness in all four postures (sitting, standing, walking, lying down). Full instructions of all four postures will be offered.
  • Mindfulness in all activities, maintaining grounding in the body.
  • Mindfulness of the elements (earth, air, fire, water, space) in our ?bodies and the natural world.
  • Reflection on embracing preciousness and gratitude of being in harmony with impermanence.

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, with daily instructions on insight meditation and the divine abodes (lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity). ?The retreat will include a small group check-in to support practice, as well as individual check-ins (on a sign-up basis) with the teacher. Optional simple Qi Gong movement practice will also be offered, as an expression of joyful embodiment.

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.


Please consider attending this retreat only if your current life circumstances allow you to engage in an important modern renunciation practice of staying 100% offline off phone/text during the entire course of the retreat.


Subsidized fee : $350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $380 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $410 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff


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