We are living in exceedingly difficult times filled with a lot of uncertainty and worry. This uncertainty and worry can bring with it a whole host of unpleasantness. The more we worry about the uncertainty, the more our emotions intensify, leaving us franticly looking outside ourselves for a return to normalcy and safety. Mindfulness reminds us of the true source of our stability. It is in the wisdom of impermanence that we experience the light of the dharma enabling us to clearly see that our strength comes from the stillness within us not from conditions outside of us. In the solitude of retreat practice, we gently disengage the thinking mind by turning towards and investigating the nature of uncertainty and worry. Gradually, though awareness, we become renewed, inspired, and empowered.
This 5-day retreat will focus on mindfulness. We will look it through the lens of the Satipatthana and investigate why it is important in today’s urban world, some of the benefits of regular practice, and a little bit about the science behind it.
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.
The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. 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.
Subsidized fee : $350 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $400 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $450 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.)