During this 7-day retreat you will be supported to develop and/or deepen your mindfulness practice in a natural and sustainable way. The phrase “When Awareness Becomes Natural”, the title of Sayadaw U Tejaniya’s most recent book, highlights the possibility of cultivating mindfulness so that it becomes part of the way we live, rather than something we do for a period of time.
Post retreat, many meditators find it difficult to sustain the peace and calm that was achieved in the protective silence of a retreat container. If we are dependent on knowing only peaceful experiences or attaining peaceful states of mind, this can be a frustrating and even painful process as we return to the overwhelming demands of our modern lives.
During this retreat we will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with an emphasis on understanding “how to practice” as taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Particular attention will be given to Right View and Right Attitude, qualities of mind that are integral to supporting a relaxed continuity of awareness during all activities. It is through this relaxed, yet steadying awareness, that we come to understand the way things are.
The retreat schedule will include formal periods of sitting and walking as well as periods of self-directed practice. This gives retreatants an opportunity to follow their own rhythm of being aware during the day, learning to trust their capacity to be interested in awareness in any activity. Retreatants will be supported in their practice through instructions, group check-ins, talks, Q&A sessions and will be given a copy of Dhamma Everywhere to read mindfully as needed.
This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced meditators.
On September 15 our new vaccine requirement goes into effect. Attendees on this retreat will be required to be fully vaccinated and at least two weeks past the date of their second shot (or first, if receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). You will be required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival; please don’t submit verification before that.
With the vaccination policy in place we will allow participants to remove their masks if they so choose. However, we may ask retreatants to continue masking depending on changing conditions related to the highly-transmissable delta variant, or if other more virulent and transmissable covid-19 variants arise.
A medical exception is in place to allow registration for those with a letter from an MD verifying the medical nature of the exemption. This exception and the accompanying documentation must be provided at the time of registration.
We will be housing participants in retreats after September 15 in single and double rooms, following Cloud Mountain’s customary practice of assigning housing based on registration order. The earliest registrants will be assigned to our single rooms. When the singles have been filled we will assign registrants to doubles.
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 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.
Subsidized fee : $490 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $560 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $630 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff