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, each followed by 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.

Partial attendance is not offered for this retreat. Please plan to attend the full week. When registering for this retreat, please select it from the list under Supported Self-Retreats and noting the dates as July 16 to July 23.



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

Attendance Prerequisites:    The following attendance prerequisites are currently in place as of this writing in order to provide the safest possible retreat environment under covid-19 conditions. In order for your registration to be accepted, we require that you:

  1. Currently follow all covid-19 health and safety protocols recommended by the CDC, including mask-wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene.
  2. Agree to abide by all covid-19 health and safety protocols in place at Cloud Mountain.

Each participant will have a single room, and personal “safety bubbles” will be created in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. We reserve the right to amend these prerequisites and policies 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.



This retreat is intended for experienced students.


Subsidized fee : $490 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $545 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $580 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff


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