In Buddhist practice faith, energy, mindfulness, collectedness and insight are cultivated together as the five spiritual faculties.

These five faculties have both a linear and a dynamic interplay. Understood like this they offer a precise way to recognise what needs balancing in our meditation and spiritual cultivation.

When brought to fulfilment these faculties overflow in the heart’s release. A heart released from suffering and its causes has an embodied realisation of Nibbana.

The retreat structure will create a safe holding for contemplative practice in an ethically sensitive environment, and in noble silence. There will be daily Dhamma reflections, Q&A opportunities, and personal practice dialogues offered. The schedule will include structured periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as the opportunity for less structured practice for those more experienced in retreat. There will be time set aside in the schedule for yoga, or other forms of exercise suited to the contemplative environment.

Both Willa Thaniya and Elizabeth were trained in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition, in which teachers offer Dhamma reflections in response to the present moment (the ‘here and now’ Dhamma), rather than prepared Dhamma talks. They speak informed by the graduated teachings of the Buddha, drawing on primary texts relevant to the unfolding learning in the retreat itself.

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 : $700 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $760 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $820 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff


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