The Buddha spoke of the Eight Worldly Winds, a framework we can use to reflect on our experience. These winds show up in our daily life and can blow us off-center, causing stress and unhappiness: Gain and Loss, Praise and Blame, Pleasure and Pain, Fame and Disrepute.
In this retreat, we will practice mindfulness of the breath and the body, lovingkindness and compassion, and explore how these practices can protect us from the winds. By seeing the winds for what they are, we will taste the possibility of being free from them – the winds still arise and pass, but we are less likely to be blown off-center by them.
The retreat will be held in silence and the format will include daily instructions in sitting and walking meditation, Q&A, Dharma talks, chanting, Qi gong, and practice check-ins with the teacher. This retreat is suitable for new and experienced meditators.
On September 15 our new vaccine requirement goes into effect. Attendees on this retreat will be required to be fully vaccinated and at least two weeks past the date of their second shot (or first, if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). You will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival; please don’t submit verification before that.
With the vaccination policy in place we will allow participants to remove their masks if they so choose. However, we may ask retreatants to continue masking depending on changing conditions related to the highly-transmissable delta variant, or if other more virulent and transmissable covid-19 variants arise.
A medical exception is in place to allow registration for those with a letter from an MD verifying the medical nature of the exemption. This exception and the accompanying documentation must be provided at the time of registration.
We will be housing participants in retreats after September 15 in single and double rooms, following Cloud Mountain’s customary practice of assigning housing based on registration order. The earliest registrants will be assigned to our single rooms. When the singles have been filled we will assign registrants to doubles.
The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment according to changing 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 : $240 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $270 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.)