Register for a Retreat

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

Order of Interbeing Retreat: March 29 – April 2, 2017
Wake Up (Young Adult) Retreat: April 26-30, 2017
Family Retreat: June 28 – July 2, 2017
Teen Camp: July 18–23, 2017

Staff Program Schedule

More staff opportunities will be posted in the future: 2017
 
 


Seasonal Retreat

Seasonal retreats at Deer Park Monastery are available during many months 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 in our campgrounds. Arrival and departure days are specific. 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. For availability, please see the list of current available arrival dates below.

For any extended stay, all guests apply to register for their initial two weeks first. If your intention is to stay longer than two weeks, please mention that in the notes of your online registration application.

Notes about seasonal retreat during winter retreat (Nov 25, 2016 to Feb 26, 2017):

During the winter season, most seasonal retreats have a minimum one-week registration requirement. However, we will offer two seasonal retreat weekends during this time. Guests may apply to register for the opening weekend of winter retreat with the arrival day of November 25, 2016 and/or the closing weekend of winter retreat with the arrival day of February 24, 2017. These two weekend retreats start on Friday with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM and end on Sunday at approximately 3 PM.

Current available arrival dates: Jan 13 2017, Jan 20 2017, Feb 03 2017, Feb 10 2017, Feb 17 2017, Feb 24 2017

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 apply to register for seasonal retreat, reserve one campground space or one dorm room 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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Order of Interbeing Retreat:
Turning Outward with Inward Stability

March 29 – April 2, 2017

 
Registration opened: January 4, 2017

This special 5-day retreat is for ordained members of the Order of Interbeing. It is also open to formal OI aspirants, defined as “actively working with a Dharma Teacher or OI member”.

The retreat will focus on cultivating the Order of Interbeing community in the Western United States, Mexico and Canada, but is open to any Order member or formal aspirant anywhere in the world.

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, March 29, 2017, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
 
Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Tent – Adult $140
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $180
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $220

 

Please select your accommodation:
 
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Wake Up Retreat: For Young Adults

April 26-30, 2017

Projected registration opening date: February 1, 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 for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Tent – Adult $140
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $180
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $220

 
 


Family Retreat

June 28 – July 2, 2017

Projected registration opening date: 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.

We encourage both parents to join us for the duration of the retreat with their children. There is no partial attendance to this residential retreat. Commuting is not an option.

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.

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.

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, June 28, 2017, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

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

 
 


Teen Camp

July 18–23, 2017

Projected registration opening date: 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 we may include are 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 retreat and all activities. Arrival time is between 2 and 5 PM on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM on Sunday, July 23, 2017. 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 ages 13-19: no exceptions.

Pricing for 6-day Teen Camp registration:

  • Tent – $150 per teen

 
 


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.

Accepted staff members are invited to come early in order to practice together, so that individually and collectively we are happy and solid for the arrival day. During this time, staff members are offered a complimentary stay. We ask that staff members arrive and depart according to designated staff period arrival and departure days below.

We are not currently receiving applications for any staff period(s).

  • More staff opportunities will be posted in the future.