Mindfulness of breathing, or ānāpānasati, is frequently taught as the practice of simply bringing attention to a single point or quality of breath. However, the active minds of meditators today often fail to grow calm through this approach, and practice becomes more a burden than a joy. Relying on over a decade of practice in the Thai Forest tradition, Ajahn Nisabho describes an approach to breath meditation that works with, rather than against, the thinking mind. By conceiving of the breath as a broad energy permeating the body, pairing it with brightening practices such as loving-kindness, and situating it within a field of open awareness, practice may again become a respite from, rather than one more of, the day’s duties.
Ajahn Nisabho will offer talks, meditation instructions, and interviews. Ayya Soma, a bhikkhuni ordained in the Theravāda tradition and co-founder of Empty Cloud monastery, will also give a remote teaching. This retreat is suitable for meditators of all experience levels.
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.
Subsidized fee : $210 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $255 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $300 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.)