Emotions include the entire bundle of reactive body states, feelings, perceptions, intentions, and self-centered consciousness. Emotion is normal and essential for our existence in this world, but it is also what keeps us hooked. The Buddha did not teach a self-help program for getting rid of afflictive emotions and gaining pleasant ones, but he did show how to harness the fundamental instinctive drive for our own welfare.

Ayya Sobhana teaches an approach to afflictive emotions based on the Buddha’s teaching on the “five aggregates of clinging.” By mindfully observing and fully understanding the process of the five aggregates, we can learn to let go of attachment and identification with them. With this letting go comes the experience of freedom, clarity, forgiveness, and compassion for the entire emotional process—both in oneself and in others. This state of balance and clarity allows us to develop the path of Buddhism fully.

This retreat is intended for practitioners who can see their own reactivity of body and mind to emotional triggers and desire a more peaceful, light-hearted relationship with the inevitable challenges, difficulties and failures of life. It will include instructions for sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma talks, individual interviews, and group discussion.

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 : $380 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff

Supporting fee : $410 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff


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