On this retreat we will be learning simple-yet-potent practices that release body and mind. This approach to practice is centered around gentle and skillful resting of the body in an upright posture and letting a natural unfolding occur.
Over time, body and mind naturally release and rebalance into increasing calm and clarity. From this deeper calm and clarity arise intuitive and liberating understanding around how to live in a more released and connected way all throughout life.
This relaxation-based approach to meditation can be practiced on a cushion, kneeling bench, chair or standing. It 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 directly and wordlessly.
These practices draw from the mystical and esoteric teachings and imagery in Mahayana Buddhism of Vairocana Buddha. For more information about Vairocana Buddha, you can click here.
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.)
CURRENT COVID-19/PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS:
Cloud Mountain continues to take endemic covid-19 seriously as a public health risk in the retreat environment. Masking and rapid testing requirements are in place.
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.
Generosity Tier : $400 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Base Tier : $340 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Subsidized Tier : $280 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.)