THIS RETREAT WILL OPEN FOR REGISTRATION ON SATURDAY, MARCH 26 AT 7:00 PM. A LOTTERY WILL BE DRAWN ON THURSDAY, MARCH 31 AT 8:00 AM WHICH WILL INCLUDE ALL REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE BY THAT TIME.
In the exchange between the student Jatukannī and the Buddha from the Sutta Nipāta, Pārāyanavagga, 11, a pathway is offered from the agitation of desire to the peacefulness of letting go. We will take this rich teaching as a basis for exploring how the establishment of kindness, mindfulness and clarity shifts the dynamic of our experience from stress to spaciousness and release.
In this radical truth, all experience has inherent in it freedom from distress. This freedom is realised when skilfulness is established, and our hearts have the confidence to meet whatever is arising with compassion. There is nothing we need to contend with. Rather the way through suffering is to recognise the relief of knowing moment-to-moment, ‘It’s like this’.
Our time of practice together will be focused on cultivating what is needed to experience the fullness of this possibility, of having a heart that is at peace with the world.
The retreat structure will create a holding for contemplative practice in a conducive environment, with noble silence as a support. There will be daily Dhamma reflections, Q&A opportunities, and personal practice dialogues offered. The schedule will include structured periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as the opportunity for less structured practice for those more experienced in retreat. There will be time set aside in the schedule for yoga, or other forms of exercise suited to the contemplative environment.
Dhamma talks are informed by the graduated teachings of the Buddha, drawing on primary texts relevant to the unfolding learning within the retreat itself.
Because of continued ambiguities around international travel due to covid-19, it is possible there will be changes in the onsite presence of certain teachers on this retreat. Please register in the knowledge that circumstances beyond anyone’s control may result in disruption to the teaching team noted above. Cloud Mountain will not make special exceptions to the cancellation policy due to changes in the teaching team.
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.)
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.
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 : $840 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $960 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $1080 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.)