Register for a Retreat

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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

Seasonal Retreat: Future dates to be determined
 

Special Retreat Schedule

90-Day Retreat for Men: October 16, 2020 to February 1, 2021
Retreat Staff Opportunities: Future dates to be determined
Teen Camp: Canceled
Family Retreat Session Coyote: Canceled
International Family Retreat Online: July 28 to August 2, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Seasonal Retreat

Seasonal retreats at Deer Park Monastery are available during many months of the year. Guests register to practice mindfulness with the community while following the daily schedule of the monastery. Accommodation options include a space in a dorm room or bringing your own tent to camp in our campgrounds. Depending on the availability of the specific arrival day, guests may register for a weekend, one week, or two weeks. Seasonal retreats are residential retreats; therefore, 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. Please arrange to arrive during check-in time. One and two week-long retreats end on Friday at 9 AM.

Please note that not all Fridays are arrival days. For availability, please see the list of currently available arrival dates below.

 

Note about 3-bed dorms:

Currently, 3-bed dorms are only available for men and/or families for seasonal retreat.

 
Seasonal Retreat dates for 2020:

Future dates to be determined

 

Pricing:

  • Tent– Adult $50/night | Teen $40/night | Child $25/night
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $65/night | Teen $50/night | Child $35/ night
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $90/night | Teen $60/night | Child $45/ night

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


90-Day Retreat for Men

 

This year, the monastic brothers plan on hosting a limited number of men for the 90-day retreat. Due to the pandemic, there is a required 2-week quarantine period on the premises of the monastery prior to the start of the 90 days. Therefore, the total time commitment is actually 3 and a half months. This registration is for men who are able to devote that amount of time to following the daily schedule of the monastery with the monastic brothers; developing their meditation and mindfulness practice; and learning about monastic life at Deer Park.
 

Please understand that there is an application process. To apply, we ask that you register for the first two weeks of your retreat. Rest assured that if your application is declined, you will be refunded in full. Upon acceptance, you will be assigned to a 6-bed dorm room, and will most likely have one or more roommates. Partial scholarships will be available and will start on your third week of stay.
 

To support stability and safety in our practice, we will be observing designated arrival and departure days and times. Including the above-mentioned quarantine period, the arrival day for this retreat will be October 16, 2020, which is a Friday. Please plan to arrive at the monastery between 2 and 4 PM. The departure day for this retreat will be February 1, 2021, which is a Monday. Please plan to depart from the monastery between 9 and 11 AM.
 

Due to the unpredictable nature of the current pandemic, we highly recommend making refundable reservations and purchasing refundable travel tickets. We do not plan on canceling this retreat, but if we need to cancel in order to follow national or statewide restrictions, or in order to protect your health, our office will be notifying you at our earliest opportunity.
 
 
Pricing per night for the first 2 weeks:

  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $65/night

 
 

To proceed with your application, click on the REGISTER button below:

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Arrival Date:  

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Retreat Staff Opportunities

 
Serving on the staff team at the monastery is often a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, working together in joy and harmony. If you have attended a retreat of 5 days or more at one of the Plum Village monasteries or served as a staff member at one of our retreats, we hope that you will consider applying to staff.
 
Staff opportunities will be posted here as they become available.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


Teen Camp: CANCELED

 
Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the monastery regrets to announce that conditions are currently insufficient to host this special retreat. We truly look forward to a time when it is safe again to receive you as guests. We are grateful to the many of you who have reached out to us with your interest in attending retreats and the many of you who continue to support us by joining our online activities and giving from your hearts to ours. During this time, we are looking into fresh ways to offer the teachings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


Family Retreat Session Coyote: CANCELED

 
Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the monastery regrets to announce that conditions are currently insufficient to host this special retreat. We truly look forward to a time when it is safe again to receive you as guests. We are grateful to the many of you who have reached out to us with your interest in attending retreats and the many of you who continue to support us by joining our online activities and giving from your hearts to ours. During this time, we are looking into fresh ways to offer the teachings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 


International Family Retreat Online

July 28 to August 2, 2020

 
What if we could bring the nuns and monks of the Plum Village tradition right into our homes? This is the invitation of this online family retreat: to turn our home into Plum Village, Deer Park, Blue Cliff, and Magnolia Grove for six days, so that, as a family, we can sing practice songs together, play games, listen to the Dharma (for kids and parents), practice Dharma sharing, and enjoy tea meditation and Beginning Anew, right where we are at home.
 
This is an experimental retreat—we’re only just learning how to offer the essence of our family retreats online. Senior Dharma teachers Brother Pháp Dung, Sister Thệ Nghiêm, Sister Đẳng Nghiêm, Brother Pháp Không, Brother Pháp Lưu, Sister Bội Nghiêm, and other monks and nuns will offer teachings to parents, teens and children on how to practice mindfulness with our loved ones, how to reconcile conflict, and how to create conditions for happiness and peace in our family. Monks and nuns from centers in North America, Europe, and Asia will facilitate sessions for children, with circle songs, games, and central Plum Village practices like mindful breathing, how to become a bell master, pebble meditation, and the Two Promises. We will also have hangout sessions for teens with games and informal sharing.
 
For more information or to sign up, click here.