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.
On September 15 our new vaccine requirement goes into effect. Attendees on this retreat will be required to be fully vaccinated and at least two weeks past the date of their second shot (or first, if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). You will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival; please don’t submit verification before that.
With the vaccination policy in place we will allow participants to remove their masks if they so choose. However, we may ask retreatants to continue masking depending on changing conditions related to the highly-transmissable delta variant, or if other more virulent and transmissable covid-19 variants arise.
A medical exception is in place to allow registration for those with a letter from an MD verifying the medical nature of the exemption. This exception and the accompanying documentation must be provided at the time of registration.
We will be housing participants in retreats after September 15 in single and double rooms, following Cloud Mountain’s customary practice of assigning housing based on registration order. The earliest registrants will be assigned to our single rooms. When the singles have been filled we will assign registrants to doubles.
The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment according to changing 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