An essential part of developing resilience is recognizing and strengthening the positive, wholesome qualities in our hearts and minds. It is vital that we cultivate the inner strength and resilience to steady ourselves and remain responsive in the face of the instability of life.
In this retreat, we will turn our attention to four powerful qualities of heart: metta (loving-kindness), karuna (compassion), mudita (appreciative joy), and upekkha (equanimity). Known in Buddhism as the Brahmaviharas, these qualities are not only the natural expressions of a heart that is clear and unentangled, they can also be intentionally cultivated for our own benefit and for the benefit of those around us. When recognized and developed, these qualities support the heart to be resilient in meeting the world as it is with openness and courage. They give us a template for how to care without falling into overwhelm or despair.
Held within a container of noble silence and a shared commitment to non-harming, we will explore the attitudes and practices that bring forth the Brahmaviharas — deepening our understanding of the conditions that support them as well as the obstacles or barriers that hinder them.
The retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, and mindful movement. In addition to daily dhamma talks, there will be opportunities for dialogue with the teachers as well as small group practice meetings. This retreat is well-suited for both beginners and experienced meditators alike.
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 : $350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $425 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $500 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.)