The Buddha gave the Noble Eightfold Path as a way to direct our lives away from entanglement and towards true freedom. As we find ourselves moving into increasing ecological crisis and its impact on the planet and our lives, the Buddha’s teaching becomes ever more relevant and essential. Ayya Santacitta and Kate will offer teachings on this theme with an encouragement to bring the path to the whole of our experience.

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and will include morning and evening chanting, sitting and movement meditation, and daily Dhamma teachings. There will be opportunities for group practice discussions along with question & response sessions during the retreat.

This retreat is appropriate for both new and experienced students.

Ayya Santacitta will be assisted on this retreat by Kate Davies. For more information about Kate, please visit her website.


Partial attendance is not offered on this retreat. Additionally, please consider attending this retreat only if your current life circumstances allow you to engage in an important modern renunciation practice of staying offline and off phone/text during the entire course of the retreat (some exceptions related to pressing family situations may be granted.)

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.


This retreat is led by a bhikkhuni or ex‐nun.


Subsidized fee : $420 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Sustaining fee : $510 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $600 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.)


To learn more about a teacher, please click on their photo.