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.



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 : $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.)


To learn more about a teacher, please click on their photo.