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:

  • 7 nights:  Feb 23 – March 2       ($490 / 560 / 630 plus dana)
  • 14 nights:  Feb. 23 – March 9      ($980 / 1120 / 1260 plus dana)
  • 21 nights:  Feb. 23 – March 16    ($1470 / 1680 / 1890 plus dana)


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:

  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.
  3. Reside within WA, OR or CA.
  4. Are able to drive between your home and the retreat center. For those who would need to stop overnight we will require additional discussion about the safest ways to accomplish that. We cannot currently register those who would need to travel by air.


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.)


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