The format of this supported self-retreat offers a spacious, largely unstructured daily schedule to allow participants to guide their own practice. In order to help make this the most productive period of practice possible, each participant will meet with Carole early in the retreat to discuss the most skillful ways to approach this retreat time with clarity of purpose and aspiration.

There will be two optional group meditation sessions offered daily, one in the morning and one in the evening, with optional chanting. Carole will also offer an optional daily Dhamma reflection with Q&A for the full group. Throughout the retreat, Carole will be readily available to all participants for one-on-one practice check-ins and to respond to questions as they arise.

EXPERIENCE PREREQUISITES:   Three 7-day silent, residential, Buddhist meditation retreats, at least one of which was in the Theravadin/insight tradition.

Partial attendance is not offered for this retreat. Please plan to attend the full 9 days.



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.

All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. Follow this link for comprehensive information about the specific guidelines in place at this time.

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 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 : $630 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $720 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $810 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.