This retreat is offered as an opportunity for very experienced students to develop their capacity for self-retreat in order to develop autonomy, maturity, depth, flexibility and creativity in engaging their personal practice. It is suitable for those who are experienced in conducting personal retreat and also for those with much group retreat experience but little solitary retreat experience.
There will be a loose schedule within which each participant will be able to independently structure their retreat time. Mealtimes and work periods will take place at fixed times, but most other activities will be self-guided by each individual. Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni will be available to offer guidance as needed, including offering periodic check-ins and one daily Dhamma talk or Q&A session geared to support each participant.
Attendance will be capped at 12 participants. 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. Please follow this link to better understand the practical details of our covid-19 health and safety protocols.
The following partial attendance options are being offered:
Experience prerequisites: In order for your registration to be accepted, we require that you have already successfully attended at least three seven-day retreats at Cloud Mountain.
Attendance prerequisites: The following requirements are currently in place in order to provide the safest possible retreat environment under current covid-19 conditions. In order for your registration to be accepted, we require that you:
2021 CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
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.
This retreat is led by a bhikkhuni or ex‐nun.
Subsidized fee : $2000 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $2250 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $2500 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.)