Many of us live our lives as Mr. Duffy in James Joyce’s Dubliners “…a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances.” Modern, dry conceptions of mindfulness do little to address this problem, failing to help people ground their practice in the body’s somatic sense or the heart’s intuition of purpose. Relying on a decade of training in the Thai Forest tradition, Tan Nisabho expands on two techniques taught by the Buddha that can help transform a practice of ‘mindfulness’ to one of ‘heartfulness.’

The retreat’s first day will focus on the cultivation of mettā, or loving-kindness while the second day will center on the use of ānāpānasati, or mindfulness of breathing, as a means of reacquainting participants with the subtle body and somatic sense. By spending a day on each technique, participants can see how each supports the other and one’s practice.

Tan Nisabho will offer talks, meditation instructions, and interviews. Ayya Soma, a bhikkhuni ordained in the Theravāda tradition and co-founder of Empty Cloud monastery, will also give a remote teaching. This retreat is suitable for meditators of all experience levels.

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.


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.)


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