Register for a Retreat

Seasonal Retreat

Seasonal Retreats at Deer Park Monastery are available through most of the year. Guests have the opportunity to practice mindfulness with the community while following the daily schedule of the monastery. Accommodation options include space in a dorm or bringing your own tent to camp. Guests may register for a weekend, week, week+weekend, or two weeks.

To support stability in our practice, we observe designated arrival and departure days. Week-long retreats start on Friday afternoon and end on the following Friday. Weekend retreats start on Friday afternoon and end on Sunday afternoon. Not all Fridays are arrival days. For availability, please see the dates below.

Current available arrival dates: Nov 27 2015, Dec 4 2015, Dec 11 2015, Dec 18 2015 (week maximum), Jan 15 2016, Jan 22 2016, Jan 29 2016, Feb 05 2016, Feb 12 2016, Feb 26 2016 (weekend maximum)

If you are interested in the three month Winter Retreat commitment, your arrival date would be November 27, 2015 and your departure date would be February 28, 2016.

  • Tent– Adult $35/night | Teen $30/night | Child $20/night
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $45/night | Teen $40/night | Child $30/ night
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $55/night | Teen $50/night | Child $40/ night



   Reserve one tent space per person. Guests must provide their own tents.



   Reserve one space in dorm. (Women/Men/Families)



   Reserve one space in dorm. (Men/Families)


Mindfulness Retreat for Software Developers and Designers

October 11-16, 2015 | Mercy Center, Burlingame CA

Breathe and smile with like-minded techies and help manifest Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision of a Plum Village mindfulness app. This retreat will be an opportunity for a team of app developers, designers, project managers, and experienced practitioners to be together with an international delegation of monastics in the Plum Village tradition. See how to merge work and practice with other like-minded people. The retreat may include mindful work opportunities such as coding and designing mindfulness apps.

The residential retreat will take place right in the heart of the Bay Area, minutes from San Francisco Airport and a 5-minute taxi ride from BART. The Mercy Center is located at 2300 Adeline Dr in Burlingame CA 94010. Registration includes tuition plus lodging in basic, single occupancy room, and simple vegetarian meals. Arrival day is Sunday, October 11 at 3pm and concludes at 12pm on Friday, October 16.

This retreat will take place in Burlingame, California at the Mercy Retreat Center. However, all aspects of this retreat are managed by Deer Park Monastery.



   Reserve a single private bedroom, with shared bathroom on each floor. $990



Miracle of Mindfulness: Breathe, it’ll be okay

October 27 – November 1, 2015

A Sangha of 75 monastics from Plum Village, Blue Cliff, Magnolia Grove and Deer Park Monasteries will come together to host this retreat and other events during this US Tour without the physical presence of our beloved Teacher, Thay. Please join us in the mountains of Deer Park Monastery to manifest the miracles of mindfulness together as a spiritual family, a Sangha. We come back to the present moment through our awareness of our breath and our steps. As we recognize the impermanent nature of our breath, our feelings and our thinking, the insight: Breathe, it’ll be okay ripens naturally. Coming together to cultivate the art of mindful living in all of our daily activities help the insight of interbeing to sprout.

If you are young or old, new to mindfulness practice or experienced, we welcome you all to join this retreat. Families with children and teens are warmly welcome to this retreat. We have prepared additional information on this Retreat Information Sheet.

   Registration for this retreat will close on October, 25th 2015.



   Reserve one tent space per person. Guests must provide their own tents. $350



   Reserve space to attend as a commuter. Priority given to those with medical need. $350



   Reserve space for one person in a trailer dorm. $450



   This accommodation is full. Click here for Waiting List.



   This accommodation is full. Click here for Waiting List.



Miracle of Mindfulness – Tập Thói Quen Sống Hạnh Phúc

November 4 – November 8, 2015

This Vietnamese retreat, with the theme: Tập Thói Quen Sống Hạnh Phúc, will be led by Thich Nhat Hanh’s community of monks and nuns. The event provides an opportunity to learn the art of mindfulness, to deepen your mindfulness training, and to taste the joy and peace of practicing as a community.

The retreat is open to beginners, those who have previously attended retreats, and families with children. The nuns, monks and staff members will lead a mindfulness practice program for teens (ages 13-17) and children (6 to 12 years old). Children under 6 are welcome to join the program under the care of their parent. (Retreat Info Sheet/Bản thông tin về khóa tu)

This retreat is open to all persons of Vietnamese origin. For Vietnamese-Americans who are not fluent in Vietnamese, translation will be provided. For those who are not of Vietnamese origin, please register for the English speaking retreat. Thank you for your understanding.

Contributions are per person and include food, lodging, and tuition.

Register online below or use the downloadable registration form: Phiếu Ghi Danh

Registration for this retreat will close on November 2nd, 2015.



   Reserve one tent space per person. Guests must provide their own tents. $250



   Reserve space to attend as a commuter. Priority given to those with medical need. $250



   Reserve space for one person in a trailer dorm. $300



   Reserve one bed in a dormitory containing 6 beds. $350



   This accommodation is full. Click here for Waiting List.


Holiday Retreat

December 30, 2015 – January 3, 2016

The community plans to open registration for Holiday Retreat on October 15, 2015.

Bring in the New Year amongst spiritual family.

When we come back to ourselves, to what is going on in the here and now, we let go of the stories we tell ourselves. Practicing this, we nourish our happiness, our hearts open, and we can come to better love and understand ourselves and our loved ones. This is a real gift to offer.

During this retreat, we will practice breathing, smiling, walking, eating, playing, working, sharing, and being together in mindfulness. We will bring our mind and body together, recognizing, touching, and enjoying the fruits of the present moment.

People of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds are welcome.

For parents bringing youngsters, we are organizing a children’s program for this retreat. If enough parents register themselves with their teenage children, a teen program will also be organized. Registration for teens and children must be accompanied by an adult registration.