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.)

A vaccination requirement is still in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.

Participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.

We require the following schedule of rapid testing with negative results: 1)  on the Tuesday prior to the retreat stat; 2)  on the Friday start-day of the retreat; and 3) on Monday during the retreat for any retreats longer than 3 nights.

We continue to require all retreatants, **teachers and staff to remain masked until all participants conduct the Monday testing with negative results. At that point masking becomes optional. (**With consent of the group, teachers will teach without masks starting the first night but remain masked along with the group at all other times.)

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.


This retreat is intended for experienced students.


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

Sustaining fee : $595 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $700 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.)