Buddha Vairocana represents radiant light, the pure nature of the aggregate of form (which includes our physical body) and emptiness. On this retreat we will be learning and practicing simple-yet-potent practices that release body and mind.

Because body and mind are connected, if we take a correct physical posture it is much easier for the mind to meditate properly. This approach to practice is centered around gently resting the body in an upright posture and then letting a natural unfolding occur. Over time, body and mind naturally release into deeper calm and clarity. From this deeper calm and clarity arise an intuitive and liberating understanding of how to live in a more released and connected way all through life.

This approach to meditation is quite gentle and body-focused and is well suited to those that prefer (or are curious about) working with experiencing and releasing bodily sensation in a direct, wordless way.

This retreat will be held in noble silence and is open to beginning and experienced students. The retreat content will include:
* Using breath and posture to gently bring the heart center to radiance and release
* Guidance on how to cultivate and balance tranquility and clear knowing
* Natural entries into expansive, effortless awareness
* Guidance on developing liberating wisdom and how it frees
* Instruction for practicing in various postures and throughout daily life
* Breathing exercises, tuning meditation posture and self-massage
* Optional daily qi gong


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 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 : $280 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $340 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $400 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.)


To learn more about a teacher, please click on their photo.