At Deer Park Monastery, we offer seasonal retreats, special retreats, and theme weekends. Seasonal retreats offer participants the opportunity to enjoy the daily schedule of the monastery and the basic practices such as sitting meditation, walking meditation, and mindful eating. Special retreats include basic practices as well as Dharma talks based on the theme of the retreat, Dharma family groups for working and sharing, and a schedule that incorporates special activities. Theme weekends offer experienced guests the chance to explore a particular topic in depth through extra practice sessions that are incorporated into the daily monastery schedule.
Seasonal Retreat Schedule
Please see current available arrival dates in the Seasonal Retreat description below.
Special Retreat Schedule
Wake Up Retreat: Mar 30 – Apr 3, 2016
Earth Holder Retreat: Apr 28 – May 1, 2016
Vesak Retreat: May 20–22, 2016
Family Retreat: Jun 22–26, 2016
Teen Camp: Jul 6–10, 2016
People of Color Retreat: Aug 3–7, 2016
Mindfulness Retreat in English: Sep 14–18, 2016
Mindfulness Retreat in Vietnamese: Sep 28 – Oct 2, 2016
Pilgrimage to India: October 15-28, 2016
Theme Weekend Schedule
Cookery: Apr 15–17, 2016
Qi Gong: Aug 19–21, 2016
Just Sit: Sep 2–4, 2016
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 (9 nights), 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. Friday check-in time is 2 to 4 PM. Please note that not all Fridays are arrival days. For availability, please see the dates below.
Current available arrival dates: Feb 05, Feb 26, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 13, July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug 12, Aug 26
Please note: If your Seasonal Retreat registration coincides with the dates of a Theme Weekend, you will not be registered to participate in the Theme Weekend activities; a separate Theme Weekend registration is required. Click here for the Theme Weekend schedule.
- 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
Wake Up Retreat – for young adults ages 18 to 35
March 30 – April 3, 2016
This retreat is for young adults, ages 18-35 years old.
During this retreat, we will practice mindfulness together as a community, including…
▪ Getting to know our restless mind and befriending ourselves
▪ Sitting, walking, and working meditation and mindful meals
▪ Singing practice songs, exercising, and hiking
▪ Practicing mindful speech and deep listening
▪ Enjoying silence and nature
▪ Discovering our aspiration in life
We will learn to focus, relax, be present, enjoy life, and be happy together.
This is a 5-day residential retreat. We ask all registrants to arrive on arrival day, stay at the monastery for the duration of the retreat, and depart on departure day. Arrival time is between 2 and 5 PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM on Sunday, April 3, 2016.
- Tent – Adult $140
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $180
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $220
Cookery Theme Weekend
April 15–17, 2016
Theme weekend registration requires the registrant to have already completed a retreat (minimum 2 night stay) in the Plum Village tradition.
Registration for this theme weekend will open March 15, 2016.
More information to come.
Earth Holder Retreat
April 28 – May 1, 2016
Registration for this retreat will open February 27, 2016.
This retreat is for all who love the Earth and aspire to act with mindful stewardship to persevere our precious planet. Throughout this retreat, we will enjoy daily sitting, walking meditation, and mindful eating sessions, nourishing our connection with ourselves, each other, and the Earth. In sharing groups and activities, we will learn from one another and explore how to live more sustainably, with skillful engagement in activist issues. We will also receive teachings to look into the suffering and transformation of suffering related to climate change and inequity. Together as a spiritual family, we will enjoy the embrace of the mountains and chaparral.
More information to come.