This retreat will observe the annual passage from old year into new within the peace and beauty of Cloud Mountain, a safe refuge, while much of society indulges unhealthy tendencies of excess and stimulation. Dhamma teachings will encourage cultivating mindfulness with the ebbs & flows of breath, body energy, sensations, and mind. In particular, mindfulness with breathing will be emphasized for generating concentration and investigating the nature of mind-body. Reflections on time, change, life, death, renewal, letting go, compassion, and selflessness will inform our practice. Dialog circles will be open to those who wish to explore with others Dhamma themes relevant to the retreat and practice.
Most of each day will be dedicated to sitting and walking meditation, along with the talks and periods for reflection. Noble Silence will pertain, including Q&A, dialogue circles, and personal practice interviews. Qi Gong and posture work will be optional. This retreat is open to beginning and experienced students.
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.
Subsidized fee : $490 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $560 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $630 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.)