Peaceful Dwelling: 90-Day Retreat

Peaceful Dwelling: 90-Day Retreat

September 16 December 18 PDT

Our sangha of monastics and lay friends share with you the practice of the annual Rains Retreat at Deer Park for a 90 day period.

The Opening Ceremony for the Rains Retreat will be held during the Sunday, Day of Mindfulness, September 18, 2022. The Closing Ceremony will be held during the Sunday, Day of Mindfulness, December 18, 2022.

The community will be offering weekend, one week, and two week stays during the 90-Day retreat for those wishing to visit for a shorter period.

More information will be posted when it becomes available, but you can mark your calendar now.

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25 responses to “Peaceful Dwelling: 90-Day Retreat”

    • Hello, is the 90 day retreat a silent retreat? What is the cost, assuming I would be accepted after the initial 2 weeks? Would I have to be offline for the entire 90 days? Thank you.

      • The 90-Days Rains Retreat is a time for returning inward and for deepening our practice commitment. It is not 100% silent, but with this intention it does carry some silence throughout the time. The cost can be negotiated and individuals can apply for a scholarship. Therefore, the cost varies greatly by individual capacity. We would like for everyone to remain offline but some folks do bring their mobile device for special needs. And we do have internet access for a fee. That too is requested upon arrival or a letter to the monastics in advance.

  1. I’m interested in participating, please can you let me know when registration becomes available? 🙏☀️

      • Hello Dear Brother Joy,
        Is it a problem to arrive 3 days late?
        Thank you
        Warm Regards

        • It may be possible but it’s up to the monastic brothers or sisters, depending on which hamlet you will stay. When registration opens, that would be a good time to re-ask that question.

  2. I am looking forward to the 90 day retreat. I have lived in Plumb Village at the lower hamlet during the summer of 1995.
    Can I sign up prior to Mid June? I will be in France and not connecting with email during mid June to August 1. I leave the below as I am not aware of the requirements for this 90 day retreat.
    Thank you 🙏 🙏🙏
    Craig Fraser “Contentment of the Source”.

    This is to certify that
    Craig Fraser
    has received the Three Refuges and
    the Five Wonderful Precepts on the
    Fourth day of August, 1995
    in Plum Village
    with the Dharma name
    Contentment of the Source
    Ordination Teacher:
    Peace of the Heart, True Virtue
    43rd, generation
    Lin Chi School
    9th : generation
    Lieu quán branch

    • Thank you for this information. We won’t have the registration ready by mid-June but you can register after August 1st without much difficulty.

  3. I’m interested in a 1-2 week retreat. Please let me know when it is available. Thank you so much.

  4. Hello dear brothers and sisters,

    Will all weekends be open during the Rains Retreat or will only select weekend options be available?

    Thank you and be well!


    • Arrival dates for short stays during the 90-Day Retreat still need to be determined. It will not be every Friday.

  5. I wish to come with my wife for the first 6 weeks as I may have a commitment in November in the second week. My main purpose is to learn and practice meditation (Samma Samadhi, the eighth element of the Eightfold path). is this possible? Thank you.
    Debu Majumdar

    • Hello Debu. Thank you for asking the question. The way we handle the 90-day retreat is folks register for 2-weeks first and then after arriving and practicing for a bit a letter is written requesting the longer stay for the 90-days. This almost always is supported by the sangha. It would be at that time one would request any type of departure. Technically you wouldn’t be part of the “90-day” commitment because folks who make that commitment do not leave the monastery for the 90-days. As for practice teachings, that is determined once we get going and may vary. Of course, you can study anything while here and also have opportunities to meet with experienced practitioners (both lay and monastic). I hope this helps.

  6. Dear Brother Joy,
    I am very happy to receive your answer. It has clearly answered my questions. It iseems etter that we both come for 2 weeks only or I my wife stays for 1 week and I stay for 2 weeks. We do want to have the opportunity for participation at the Deer Park Monastery. How do I register for shorter duration? Thank you. Debu

    • When registration opens for the 90-Day retreat, that would be the time. Probably later this summer.

    • Dear Thay, Thank you for reaching out and asking. Yes, we offer generosity for visiting monastics. The best path for you is to write a letter to our Dharma Teachers requesting a stay with us. They will likely followup with some additional questions. You can email them at

  7. Dear Brother Joy,
    Can you tell me a little about the foods offered during the stay? Due to medical issues, I have a very limited and restricted diet. Unfortunately I am required to eat meat and eggs. : (
    Would this be workable somehow?

    • Hello Audrey. The diet at the monastery is all vegan. We do have a public refrigerator where visitors can store food, but we ask that not include meat.

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