The retreat will include dharma talks on the process of awakening, our resistances, how it unfolds, what changes in us in, and after, awakening.

We will also learn and practice meditations that invite and support awakening, including ample time for questions and comments in the thorough, yet warmly accessible, style of Stephen Snyder.
This retreat will focus on: What is awakening? How does awakening work? What is our true nature? What is a 1st awakening? What happens after a 1st awakening? What other realizations are a potential of the path? What are the similarities and differences in the Zen and Theravada Buddhist models of awakening? Which meditations and practices invite awakening?

Stephen is the author of Demystifying Awakening: a Buddhist Path of Realization, Embodiment, and Freedom (March 2022), Buddha’s Heart, and Stress Reduction for Lawyers. He is the co-author of Practicing the Jhanas.

Follow this link to hear Stephen and Rick Hanson in dialogue about Nibbana, the Unconditioned, Awakening, Identity and more.

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.)

A vaccination requirement is still in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.

Participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.

We require the following schedule of rapid testing with negative results: 1)  on the Tuesday prior to the retreat stat; 2)  on the Friday start-day of the retreat; and 3) on Monday during the retreat for any retreats longer than 3 nights.

We continue to require all retreatants, **teachers and staff to remain masked until all participants conduct the Monday testing with negative results. At that point masking becomes optional. (**With consent of the group, teachers will teach without masks starting the first night but remain masked along with the group at all other times.)

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 : $420 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $480 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $540 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.)


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