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Retreat to Ring in the New Year at Deer Park

December 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm January 2, 2022 @ 3:00 pm PST

Holiday Retreat 2021

Lottery registration is not closed. Once we process all the submissions, we may be able to re-open registration. Please check back again. If you entered the lottery, you should hear from us soon.

Sitting on the Mountain

Ring in the New Year with spiritual family.

When we come back to ourselves, to what is going on in the here and now, we let go of the stories we tell ourselves. Practicing this, we nourish our happiness, our hearts open, and we can come to better love and understand ourselves and our loved ones. This is a real gift to offer.

During this retreat, we will practice breathing, smiling, walking, eating, playing, working, sharing, and being together in mindfulness. We will bring our mind and body together, recognizing, touching, and enjoying the fruits of the present moment.

People of all experiences and backgrounds are welcome. Everyone attending must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required. Until vaccination regulations change, the retreat is limited to those 12-years old and up.


Tent – Adult: $240 | Teen: $160 | Child: $100
6 Bed Dorm – Adult: $300 | Teen: $200 | Child: $140
3 Bed Dorm – Adult: $400 | Teen: $280 | Child: $180

Staffing Opportunities

We will have staffing opportunities for this retreat. As a staff member, you would arrive before the retreat and assist in guiding work groups and/or teen programs. At this time, the anticipated arrival day will be Sunday, December 26, 2021.

Smiling Face


December 29 @ 2:00 pm PST
January 2, 2022 @ 3:00 pm PST
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Monks and Nuns of Deer Park
2499 Melru Lane
Escondido, CA 92026 United States
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35 thoughts on “Retreat to Ring in the New Year at Deer Park

    • Chân Niệm Hỷ says:

      Yes, we will post it here on the website and perhaps a blog post. Since this event typically sells out, we hope to do a lottery format so there will be window of time to register and then we’ll confirm based on a lottery of all people who register in the window. Stay tuned.

  1. Thank you for the offering. Looking forward to the opportunity to have a chance to attend and continue the joinery of healing, while living in such a paradox. <3

  2. Chân Niệm Hỷ says:

    For those of you have selected to follow the comments and be notified, here is what we just posted regarding registration.

    “An open lottery registration will take place from Sunday, September 19th through Tuesday, September 21. You will be able to pre-register without payment in order to enter the lottery. After the lottery window closes, the registration office will select people based on a drawing until the accommodations are full. Those selected will be notified and then have another window of time for payment.”

  3. Hello, very interested in attending and will preregister during the designated time. Would you be able to tell us the approx cost with and without volunteering? Thank you

  4. I’m interested in the staff opportunities at this retreat. Should I pre-register on the 19th? Or will staffing information become available before that date?

    • Chân Niệm Hỷ says:

      Hi Andrew. Since the staffing process includes an application and review, we cannot guarantee a staffing slot before our lottery opens. Therefore, if you would come to the retreat whether or not you are on staff then complete the registration. If you’d only come as a staff member, then you don’t need to complete the registration. I hope this makes sense. 🙂

    • Chân Niệm Hỷ says:

      Staffing is an opportunity to come a little early and help prepare for the retreat. During the retreat, staff may lead group in service meditation, support guest team, support maintenance team, support teen group, etc. There is an application to complete (not ready yet) and is reviewed by our monastic staff liaison.

  5. Would couples be counted together in the lottery system? Also, for work reasons, would we be able to arrive Thursday night December 30th by 7 PM? Thanks.

    • Chân Niệm Hỷ says:

      Hello Linh, thank you for the questions. We are unable to fully respond to the question about the lottery system as we haven’t discussed those details just yet. And we will. As for arrival, we only have one arrival day and that is the 29th.

      • It turns out my husband won’t be coming. I will now be able arrive 12/29. Hope to be selected so I can strengthen the practice and visit my Mom, who will be staying for the 3 month Rains Retreat!

  6. Found this today, and need it…Lifelong seeker…Laywoman student of Thay’s teachings woven thru my adulthood..going thru upheaval & transition on so many levels…🙏🏻💜🕉🕊

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