RETREAT DESCRIPTION

This unique 7-day vipassana retreat will be held in noble silence and offer sitting and walking meditation, and mindful movement instruction. The movement class will emphasize bringing attention to the inner experience of the body in order to strengthen the concentration in the sitting and walking practices. This retreat will emphasize both the wisdom practices and the compassion practices in order to achieve a healing balance in mind, body and heart.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT RETREAT CENTER PREREQUISITES:
We are setting a high bar for retreats for advanced students. In the past, the definition of an experienced or advanced student has generally been characterized by the amount of formal retreat time in which one has engaged. While time logged on the cushion can be an important aspect of experience, we do not find this measure alone to be a meaningful gauge of the quality of a student’s practice.

We see an advanced student as someone who has developed a balanced practice, with sincere and diligent attention to practicing sila (ethical/moral conduct) and dana (generosity), in addition to bhavana (cultivation of mind). Sometimes yogis engage in unwholesome behaviors indicative of a need for additional development.

Some of these behaviors include:

  • Arriving late or leaving a retreat early without prior permission (except in the case of an emergency).
  • Lying or manipulating to secure a single room or other personal preferences.
  • Not fulfilling yogi job commitments.
  • Not offering dana to the teacher or staff (of money, volunteer energy, or another expression of generosity/gratitude).
  • Making demands expressive of entitlement.

All of these behaviors create hardship and have a corrosive effect on our collective ability to keep the Dhamma alive, available and accessible.

 

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.

All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. Follow this link for comprehensive information about the specific guidelines in place at this time.

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 to respond most appropriately to covid-19 conditions. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

SCHOLARSHIP INFO
Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.

SPECIAL NOTES

This retreat is intended for experienced students.

PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS:
FROM THE TEACHER: In order to participate in this retreat, you must have sat at least three retreats of 7-days or more, at least one of which has been with this teacher. Please include a comprehensive resume of your retreat experience with your registration materials.

FROM THE RETREAT CENTER: Each applicant must exhibit behaviors supportive of sustaining a strong spiritual community. Specifically, each applicant must have a strong practice of sila (ethical and moral behavior), of dana (generosity) and a demonstrated ability to comport oneself during retreat with maturity and integrity. For detailed information about these expectations, you may scroll to the bottom of the retreat description.

RETREAT COST

Subsidized fee : $490 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $545 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $580 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

TEACHERS

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