At Deer Park Monastery, we offer seasonal retreats and special retreats. 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.
Seasonal Retreat Schedule
Please see current available arrival dates in the Seasonal Retreat description below.
Special Retreat Schedule
Wake Up (Young Adult) Retreat: April 26-30, 2017
Family Retreat: June 28 – July 2, 2017
Teen Camp: July 18–23, 2017
US Tour Retreat in English: September 12-17, 2017
Vietnamese Retreat: September 20-24, 2017
Off-Site Special Retreat Schedule
US Tour Diversity Retreat at Harmony Pines: September 28 to October 1, 2017
Staff Program Schedule
Staff opportunities now available: Wake Up Retreat Staff, Family Retreat Staff, Teen Camp Staff, Combined Staff for Family Retreat & Teen Camp, and US Tour Staff
Seasonal retreats at Deer Park Monastery are available during many months of the year. Guests learn and practice meditation and mindfulness by following the daily schedule with the community of brothers, sisters, and lay friends. Arrival and departure dates are specific. Accommodation options include space in a dorm or bringing your own tent to camp in our campgrounds. Seasonal retreats are residential retreats; commuting is not an option.
To support stability in our practice, we observe designated arrival and departure days. All seasonal retreats start on Friday afternoon with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM. If you register to depart on Friday, the retreat end time is 9 AM. If you register to depart on Sunday, the retreat end time is 3 PM. Please note that not all Fridays are arrival days and not all arrival days are available for the same length of time. For availability, please see the list of currently available arrival dates below.
For an extended stay, guests may apply to register for an available two-week retreat. If your intention is to stay longer than two weeks, please mention that in the notes of your online registration application. After your first full week on retreat, you may submit a request to stay longer.
Notes about seasonal retreat during spring and summer of 2017:
During the months of April through the end of August, most seasonal retreats have a minimum one-week registration requirement. However, the monastery will offer four seasonal retreat weekends during this time: the arrival dates will be April 14, May 12, June 9, and August 11. These four weekend retreats start on Friday with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM and end on Sunday at approximately 3 PM.
Currently available arrival dates:
April 7, 2017 (available for one-week to two-week retreat)
April 14, 2017 (available for weekend or one-week retreat)
May 5, 2017 (available for one-week to two-week retreat): Women only (men’s areas are at capacity)
May 12, 2017 (available for weekend or one-week retreat)
June 2, 2017 (available for one-week to two-week retreat)
June 9, 2017 (available for weekend to two-week retreat)
June 16, 2017 (available for one-week retreat)
August 4, 2017 (available for one-week to two-week retreat)
August 11, 2017 (available for weekend to two-week retreat)
August 18, 2017 (available for one-week to two-week retreat)
August 25, 2017 (available for one-week retreat)
- 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
April 26-30, 2017
Registration opened: February 2, 2017
This special 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 in the afternoon 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, April 26, 2017, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Pricing per person for 5-day retreat registration:
- Tent – Adult $140
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $180
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $220
June 28 – July 2, 2017
Registration opened on April 5, 2017
With the practice of mindfulness as the base, we will 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 workplace, and at school. At times, parents and children will be together and at other times, they 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.
During scheduled times of the day, there will be a program for children who are 6 years old and older, as well as a program for tweens, and another for teens. Monastic and lay staff members will lead the programs and will ask for support from parents to assist the groups during the retreat. Please be aware that parental supervision is required whenever children and teens are not in their scheduled program groups. Also, children 5 years old and younger will require parental supervision for the duration of their stay at the monastery.
We encourage both parents to join us for the retreat with their children. There is no partial attendance to this residential retreat. Commuting is not an option. We ask all registrants to arrive in the afternoon on arrival day, stay at the monastery for the entire retreat, and depart on departure day. Arrival time is between 2 and 5 PM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017.
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
- ACCOMMODATION FULL: 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $180 | Teen $160 | Child $120
- ACCOMMODATION FULL: 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $220 | Teen $200 | Child $160
If your preferred accommodation is full, add your name to the wait list.
July 18–23, 2017
Registration opened on April 5, 2017
Teen Camp is open to all teens with or without previous experience with mindfulness, meditation, or camping. This is a special time for all teenagers–-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.
Activities will include walking meditation, eating in mindfulness, participating in periods of noble silence, sitting meditation, dharma presentations, sharing in groups, Deep Relaxation Meditation, joyful service, games, and hiking. Other activities may include morning exercise, drinking-tea meditation, and a performance night.
We will stay in large 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 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 mats.
Participants are expected to attend the entire 6-day retreat and all activities. Arrival time is between 2 and 5 PM on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and departure time is 3 PM on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Teen Camp is exclusively for teens ages 13-19: no exceptions.
For parents and younger siblings, please consider registering for Family Retreat, when there will be programs for children, teens, and adults.
Pricing for 6-day Teen Camp registration:
- Tent – $150 per teen
US Tour Retreat in English: Awakening the Source of Understanding
September 12-17, 2017
Registration for this retreat is now open.
US Tour 2017 Info Sheet
We invite you to join us for this 6-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. Many of 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.
We respectfully ask all registrants to arrive on arrival day, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, between 2 and 5 PM, and to stay at the monastery for the duration of the retreat. We kindly ask all registered guests to plan to depart from the monastery on departure day, Sunday, September 17, 2017. The retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM.
For scholarship information, please contact the registration office at: office(at)deerparkmonastery.org
Pricing for entire 6-day retreat registration per individual:
- Tent – Adult $475 | Teen $325 | Child $225
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $660 | Teen $390 | Child $290
- (FULL) 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $73 | Teen $660 | Child $480
- Trailer Dorm – Adult $550 | Teen $350 | Child $250
- Commuter – Adult $475 | Teen $325 | Child $225
Vietnamese Retreat: Opening the Path of Love
September 20-24, 2017
Projected registration opening date: March 15, 2017 (delayed)
This 5-day US Tour retreat is exclusively for Vietnamese speakers and friends of Vietnamese heritage. For those who are not of Vietnamese origin, please register for the US Tour Retreat in English. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
US Tour Diversity Retreat at Harmony Pines Retreat Center: Many Streams, One Source
September 28 to October 1, 2017
Registration for this retreat is now open.
Click on the link below to see the information sheet.
Many Streams, One Source Retreat Info Sheet
We warmly welcome you to join the fourfold community of monastic and lay practitioners in the Plum Village Tradition for this special retreat for the LGBTQ+, People of Color, and allied Young Adult communities at the beautiful Harmony Pines Retreat Center in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. During this retreat, we will celebrate and honor our diversity, manifesting together as a spiritual family, a Sangha, and practice touching the present moment deeply through developing awareness of our body and our mind. Bringing loving attention to our breath, our emotions, and our thoughts, our awareness begins to expand naturally.
Coming together to cultivate the art of mindfulness in daily living nourishes our understanding and helps heal our individual and collective hearts.
We warmly invite all LGBTQ+, People of Color, and allied Young Adults (18-38ish!) to join this special retreat.
This retreat is for adults 18 years of age and older.
We respectfully ask all registrants to arrive on arrival day, Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 3 PM, and to stay at the Harmony Pines Retreat Center for the duration of the retreat. We kindly ask all registered guests to depart from the retreat center on departure day, Sunday, October 1, 2017. The retreat will conclude at approximately 2 PM.
Scholarship information is coming soon.
Pricing for entire 4-day US Tour Diversity Retreat at Harmony Pines:
- Dormitory space – $150 per adult
Staff Program Retreat
For friends who are familiar with Deer Park and our practice of mindfulness, the opportunity to serve as staff can help us deepen our practice and our connection with the Sangha. Staff applicants must have retreat experience at Deer Park or one of our other centers. Wake Up Retreat staff applicants must be 18-35 years of age.
Accepted staff members practice together as a group, so that individually and collectively we are happy and solid. We ask that all staff members arrive and depart according to designated staff arrival and departure dates.
For staff programs running from April through July, staff members will be offered a complimentary stay. For the US Tour staff program, there will be a discounted registration fee of $100.
We are currently receiving applications for the following staff periods:
- Wake Up Retreat staff period: Apr 21 – May 1, 2017
- Family Retreat staff period: Jun 23 – Jul 3, 2017
- Teen Camp staff period: Jul 14 – Jul 24, 2017
- Combined Family Retreat & Teen Camp staff period: Jun 23 – Jul 24, 2017
- US Tour staff period: Sept 8 – Sept 18, 2017