This retreat will take place from 9am PT Saturday, July 23, and ends at 6:30pm PT on Tuesday, July 27th.

The essence of meditation includes settling & stabilizing attention, encouraging embodied presence, developing mindfulness-wisdom of the patterns within thoughts & emotions, and bringing a warm & caring attention to all we experience.  In relationship with each other, these elements of meditation practice offer us the freedom to respond with wisdom & compassion to the challenges we experience in ourselves and in the world, rather than reacting out of habitual conditioning.  As we release reactivity, we uncover our inherent capacities for joy, wellbeing and connection.

What Teachings and Practice This Retreat Offers
This silent retreat will offer guided meditations and instructions in sitting and walking meditation, Dharma Talks, and short periods of optional Qi Gong practice.  Heather will offer teachings on the following areas of practice:

  • Embodiment: Informed by the First Foundation of Mindfulness & Somatic Experiencing.
  • Concentration: Basic techniques to support the settling of mind-body and stabilizing of attention.
  • Heart Practices: The spirit of the Divine Abodes will support awakened heartful attitudes of mind during our retreat.
  • Wisdom-Awareness: Informed by teachings from the Thai Forest Tradition, how mindfulness matures into mindfulness wisdom and leads to letting go.

To support deepening practice, participants will check in with the teacher in a small group once during the retreat.

Supporting Your Retreat At Home
This retreat is designed to support your retreat practice at home (whether living alone or with others) or at a local accommodation of your choice.  The Zoom sessions are required – and you can choose to only attend the Zoom sessions or add on suggested sitting and walking practice on your own schedule.

Teaching & Meditation Retreat Schedule
This retreat will take place from

Required Zoom Sessions  (All Times are Pacific Time Zone)
* Please note, attending the Opening Zoom Session at 9am PT Saturday, July 24, is required for this retreat, as well as attending at least 10 out of 12 retreat Zoom Sessions total.

 9:00 – 10:00am        ZOOM:  Morning Instructions
 ** Please note Saturday Zoom Session will be from 9:00 – 11:30am PT                       

2:00-3:15pm            ZOOM:  Qi Gong, Guided Heart Practice Meditation & Q&A

 4:45 – 6:30pm         ZOOM:  Sit, Dharma Talk and Closing Practices 

Follow this link to view the full Zoom retreat schedule and suggested practice schedules and ideas.

Suitable for Beginning and Experienced Meditators
This retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced students of meditation.

For beginners, the retreat is a great way to learn the basics of insight meditation and see its effects clearly. For advanced meditators, the retreat offers an excellent opportunity to deepen and clarify one’s practice with the guidance of an experienced teacher.


Scholarship assistance is available for those face financial challenges.

Zoom retreats are helping Cloud Mountain, like other retreat centers, to survive closures due to covid-19. We hope that you will register at the highest level you can to help sustain us through these difficult times.


Cloud Mountain continues to take endemic covid-19 seriously as a public health risk in the retreat environment. Masking and rapid testing requirements are in place.


Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.


Generosity Tier : $280 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Base Tier : $240 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Subsidized Tier : $200 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.)


To learn more about a teacher, please click on their photo.