Path of Happiness Hiking Retreat

Group photo of June 2022 hiking retreat participants

February 19, 2023 February 25, 2023 PST

This one week backpacking and hiking trip in Southern California will be based from Deer Park Monastery in Southern California.

Registration is via application and the number of participants is limited. Registration will open sometime early in 2023. Priority will be given on this trip to applicants with previous multi-day point-to-point backpacking experience. A short telephone interview may be conducted to assure that you have the necessary level of backpacking experience.

Proposed Daily Schedule (subject to change)

  • 6am Wake up
  • 6:30am Sitting Meditation (30mins)
  • 7:30am Breakfast
  • 8am Break Camp
  • 9am Short Dharma Talk (20-30mins) and reading from Touching the Earth
  • 9:30am-1pm Mindful Hiking
  • 1pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm Deep Relaxation/Rest
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm Mindful Hiking (impromptu Dharma sharing if there is an appropriate spot)
  • 5pm Set Up Camp and Cook Dinner
  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Dharma Sharing/Tea Meditation (Formal/Informal) (2-3 groups)
  • 9pm Sitting Meditation (15 mins)

Note that REI provides regular backpacking training courses, which meet our basic requirements for backpacking experience.

2499 Melru Lane
Escondido, CA 92026 United States
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One response to “Path of Happiness Hiking Retreat”

  1. Hello Br. Joy,
    Is taking one single class with REI considered enough experience, or do we need to have actually gone on at least one (or more?) backpacking trip(s)? The classes linked seem to be one-day basics classes that do not actually involve backpacking overnight. I just want to make sure because sometimes application requirements stated on this website are not clear or accurate enough (in my personal experience). If I need to have more actual backpacking experience I would like to know in advance so that I can plan and go on a backpacking trip before the application for this retreat opens.

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