Much of our effort and energy as human beings is spent strategizing about how to get life, ourselves, and others to more closely resemble how we think everything should be. Although this may be normal, the Buddha recognized that this tendency prevents us from fully experiencing and understanding life as it is actually unfolding within and around us moment to moment. Through the process of meditation, we can cultivate a new way of relating to ourselves and our experience – one based in natural openness and wisdom rather than driven by wanting and not-wanting. By practicing in silence and with others on retreat, we are able to more clearly see life as it actually is, and awaken our potential for freedom.
This retreat will be held in Noble silence and we will offer instruction in both insight (vipassana) meditation and loving-kindness (metta) meditation. It will include periods of sitting, walking, chanting, and mindful movement. In addition to daily dhamma talks, there will be opportunities for dialogue with the teachers as well as small group discussions. Both new and experienced meditators are welcome.
Please note: due to covid-19 concerns, we have had to set new criteria in place to attend this retreat:
1. Applicants must agree to fully comply with Cloud Mountain’s covid-19 health and safety protocols, including mask-wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene.
2. Applicants need to have attended at least one prior retreat at Cloud Mountain within the last 3 years.
3. Applicants must live in WA, OR or northern CA AND can drive between your home and Cloud Mountain in one-day.
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.
Meditators of all experience levels are welcome.
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