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SAVE THE DATE: Path of Happiness Backpacking Retreat

September 5 - September 11

Mindful Walking in Nature Retreat

Registration application: Available on July 30, 2021

Brothers in the Rocks

This one week backpacking and hiking trip in Southern California will entail approximately 4-7 miles of walking with a fully-loaded backpack per day. Participants are required to bring their own backpacking gear, including a tent, sleeping items, personal cooking stove and gear. You will also need to bring your own vegetarian meals (we will do our best to provide links for freeze-dried meals.) In addition to daily mindful walking in nature, we will follow a full schedule including sitting meditation, short talks in the wild, Dharma sharing, and deep relaxation.

We plan to begin and end the retreat at Deer Park Monastery. Transportation to and from the hiking area will be arranged by shuttle provided by the monastery. Water will be supplied by a support vehicle, and we will arrange for the necessary wilderness permits.

More information will be provided when registration opens. Registration will be via application and the number of participants is limited.  A short telephone interview may be conducted to assure that you have the necessary level of backpacking experience.

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


Brother Phap Luu Hammock

Brother Stream in his camping hammock


September 5
September 11
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Deer Park Monastery
2499 Melru Lane
Escondido, CA 92026 United States
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2 thoughts on “SAVE THE DATE: Path of Happiness Backpacking Retreat

  1. Sounds wonderful! Have a marvelous time. I have one request for you to think about (and perhaps you are already). In this time of Climate Emergency I think we need to have “all hands on deck” in every way possible both in individual carbon footprints and in larger ways. Please limit people you accept to those who live close enough to have a minimal carbon impact (including EV cars, walking or biking). I think I live too far away (Portland OR) and have recently experienced the northern “heat dome”. Thanks! Jan (Janet M Madill MD)

  2. I would love to go but already have a hiking trip planned in September.
    I hope you will offer another backpacking trip with more advance notice.

    Also – please be safe – get up to date forecasts for smoke, fire and flash floods. Daily updates if possible.

    San Diego Sierra Club has good information on wilderness etiquette, and a gear list. Check out the Resources tab on https://www.sdsierraclub.org/

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