This retreat is offered as an opportunity for very experienced students to develop their capacity for self-retreat in order to develop autonomy, maturity, depth, flexibility and creativity in engaging their personal practice. It is suitable for those who are experienced in conducting personal retreat and also for those with much group retreat experience but little solitary retreat experience.
There will be a loose schedule within which each participant will be able to structure their retreat time independently. Mealtimes and work periods will take place at fixed times. There will be two informal group sits daily. Most other activities will be self-guided by each individual.
Each participant who applies to attend this retreat must meet the following requirements:
Formal retreat experience: each participant has to have attended at least 7 retreats for a total of at least 35 days of retreat time, with at least 20 days completed at Cloud Mountain.
Any participant who has not yet attended a supported self-retreat through Cloud Mountain or other established Dharma center must provide us with a written recommendation from their primary teacher endorsing the appropriateness of solitary retreat. Each participant must also commit to engaging in at least one phone interview with their own teacher at some time during the retreat.
Additionally, each applicant must exhibit behaviors supportive of sustaining a strong spiritual community. Specifically, each applicant must have a strong, demonstrated practice of sila (ethical and moral behavior), of dana (generosity) and a demonstrated ability to comport oneself during retreat with maturity and integrity.
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.)
CURRENT COVID-19/PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS:
Cloud Mountain continues to take endemic covid-19 seriously as a public health risk in the retreat environment. Masking and rapid testing requirements are in place.
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.
This retreat is intended for experienced students.
Generosity Tier : $700 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Base Tier : $595 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Subsidized Tier : $490 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.)