Register for a Retreat

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. To download our Special Retreat and Theme Weekend Schedule, click here.
 

Seasonal Retreat Schedule

    Please see current available arrival dates in the Seasonal Retreat description below.

Special Retreat Schedule

Theme Weekend Schedule

 


 


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 (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: 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 Theme Weekend information.

 
Pricing:

  • 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

To register for Seasonal Retreat, reserve one tent or dorm space per person.
Guests must provide their own tents for camping registrations. Currently, 3-bed dorms are only available for men and/or families during Seasonal Retreat.

 
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Earth Holder Retreat

April 28 – May 1, 2016

 

This retreat is for all who love the Earth and aspire to act with mindful stewardship to preserve 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.

The Earth Holder Retreat is inspired by and builds on Thay’s books The World We Have, Love Letter to Mother Earth, and Good Citizens, which are helpful pre-reading.
 
Pricing for 4-day retreat registration:

  • Tent – Adult $105 | Teen $90 | Child $60
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $135 | Teen $120 | Child $90

 

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Vesak Retreat

May 20–22, 2016

 

Please join us at this special retreat to celebrate the Manifestation Day (Vesak Day) of our Beloved Teacher, the Buddha Shakyamuni–the Fully Enlightened One, the one who found the wonderful path of compassion and understanding and shared it with all beings.

Around two thousand six hundred years ago, a Buddha known as Shakyamuni was a human being just as we are, but in him understanding and love were developed to a very high degree, and he became a fully awakened being. He was a beautiful and precious flower in the garden of humanity, an udumbara flower that blooms only once every three thousand years. He practiced the Way for countless lifetimes. He appeared on this Earth as a prince who left his royal palace to practice at the foot of the Bodhi Tree. He conquered illusion. When the morning star arose, he realized the great path of awakening and turned the Wheel of the Dharma.

With single-mindedness, all species aspire to experience the path free from birth.
With single-mindedness, all species will experience a path free from birth.
 
Pricing: The registration fee for this retreat is donation-based.

 

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Family Retreat

Jun 22–26, 2016

 
With the practice of mindfulness as the base, we shall learn to practice deep listening and loving speech to nourish true harmony within our families. During this retreat, we shall learn to practice together as an extended family and to support each other at home, in the work place, and at school. At times, adults and children will practice together and at other times, they will practice separately. It is a precious chance for the whole family to be in a practice setting and learn new ways of being with one another. We encourage both parents to join the entire retreat with their children. There is no partial attendance to this residential retreat.

Programs for children, 6 years of age and older, and a teen program will run during parts of the day. Monastic and lay staff will help lead the programs and we will ask for support from parents to assist the groups during the retreat.

If your family determines that they are committed to attending the 5 days of this retreat, we encourage early registration. Space is limited. Registration is per individual (not per family, nor per tent).
 
Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Tent – Adult $140 | Teen $120 | Child $80

 
 
The dorms for Family Retreat are now full. To register to bring your own tent for tent camping, click the “Register” button. To be added to our waiting list, click the “Waiting List” button.
 

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Teen Camp

Jul 6–10, 2016

 
Teen Camp is open to all teens age 13-19, with or without previous experience in mindfulness, meditation, or camping. This is a special time for teens–-please come and join!

During this retreat, we will come together as brothers and sisters to develop skills that help us learn to be alive in the present moment and to connect deeply with ourselves and others. When we learn to be mindful, a whole new world appears.

We will stay in tents (around 5 teens per tent). Teen girls will be assigned to a tent in Clarity Hamlet Oak Grove and teen boys to a tent in the Solidity Hamlet Main Campground. There will be monastic and lay staff members staying in both campgrounds. The monastery will provide tents, but we ask everyone to bring their own sleeping bags and sleeping pads.

Participants are expected to attend the entire retreat and all activities. For parents and younger siblings, please consider registering for Family Retreat, when there will be programs for children, teens, and adults. Teen Camp is exclusively for teens age 13-19: no exceptions.
 
Pricing for 5-day Teen Camp registration:

  • Tent – Teen $120

 

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People of Color Retreat

Aug 3–7, 2016

 
Registration for this retreat will open June 4, 2016.

We warmly welcome all People of Color to join this retreat.

This 5-day retreat honors the potency of space for People of Color to heal, nourish and celebrate ourselves, our communities, and our ancestors through learning and cultivating mindfulness practices together. In support of multiracial families who practice together, limited attendance may be available to Caucasian partners/family members of People of Color, depending on space vacancy.

Through the practice of mindful living offered during this retreat, we will reconnect with the sources of joy, peace, and freedom for ourselves, our communities, and our ancestors. We will learn concrete ways to embrace, transform, and heal our own suffering, ancestral suffering, and institutional oppression. Join us as we continue on our path of healing to build a beloved community together.
 
Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Tent – Adult $140 | Teen $120 | Child $80
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $180 | Teen $160 | Child $120
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $220 | Teen $200 | Child $160

 
 


 


Mindfulness Retreat in English

Sep 14–18, 2016

 
Registration for this retreat will open June 11, 2016.

We invite you to join us for this 5-day mindfulness retreat, as we learn how to come back to ourselves and live with awareness and clarity, helping to bring about peace, reconciliation, healing, and happiness for ourselves, our families, society, and the world.

Our Dharma teachers will offer daily teachings on mindfulness as well as lead us in walking meditation, sitting meditation, deep relaxation, touching the earth, and the practices of deep listening and loving speech. Our meals will be taken in silence, to allow us the space and time to contemplate the food and the presence of others around us. We will meet daily in smaller groups to share about how to integrate the teachings into our daily lives. We also have the opportunity to share mindfully and joyfully in the daily tasks of maintaining the monastery through the practice of working meditation. Additionally, there will be periods and areas of Noble Silence to help us to reflect on what we have experienced during the day.

We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds–including those new to mindfulness practice; those who have previously attended retreats; and families with children. We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may touch the Dharma and find healing and nourishment.

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Mindfulness Retreat in Vietnamese

Sep 28 – Oct 2, 2016

 
Registration for this retreat will open Summer, 2016.

More information to come.
 
 
 
 


Theme Weekends

Theme Weekends offer experienced guests the chance to explore a particular topic in depth through extra practice sessions led by one or more monastic or lay Dharma teachers in the Plum Village tradition. For the rest of the weekend, participants will follow the general monastery schedule of mindfulness activities. Please be aware that space is limited and registrants for Theme Weekends are required to have previously completed a retreat (an overnight stay for a minimum of two nights) in the Plum Village tradition.
 
 
Theme Weekends for 2016:

    Cookery: Apr 15–17, 2016
    Registration for this theme weekend is now closed.
    This will be a weekend of calm, tranquility, joy, and good food! This time together is an opportunity to manifest our joy through cooking. We will have a chance to learn about the role food can play in our practice, as well as learning to make some of Deer Park’s favorite dishes.
     
    Qi Gong: Aug 19–21, 2016
    Registration for this theme weekend will open July 20, 2016.
    This weekend will concentrate on the practice of qi-gong, which can help us cultivate a healthy body and happy mind. Qi-gong helps us to develop skills to relax the body and heal the mind. By being aware of our breath and our movements, it is possible to feel at ease, even after only a few minutes of practice.
     
    Just Sit: Sep 2–4, 2016
    Registration for this theme weekend will open July 20, 2016.
    Just as the title says, this is a simple weekend of extra sitting meditation! If you have an already well-established sitting meditation practice, then this is the weekend for you. We will allow the silence and peace of extra periods of sitting meditation to strengthen and deepen our core meditation practice. Please note: participants in this theme weekend will need to have completed the required previous retreat (a stay of two nights or more) at Deer Park Monastery.

 
Pricing for 3-day Theme Weekend registration:

  • Tent– Adult $80 | Teen $70 | Child $50
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $100 | Teen $90 | Child $70
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $120 | Teen $110 | Child $90