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: Please see current available arrival dates in the description below.
 

Special Retreat Schedule

Retreat Staff Opportunities: Holiday Retreat staff on December 26 to January 4
Holiday Retreat: December 29 to January 3 (Registration opens on October 9)
 
 
 
 
 
 


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. If your stay is for the weekend, the retreat ends on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

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.

Notes about weekends:

Weekend registration is very limited. During the 90-day retreat, we will offer two seasonal retreat weekend stays. Guests may register for the opening weekend of the retreat with the arrival day of September 13, 2019 and/or the closing weekend of the retreat with the arrival day of December 13, 2019. Weekend retreats start on Friday with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM and end on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Notes about the 90-day retreat (Sept 13, 2019 to Dec 15, 2019):

For men applying to stay for the entire 90-day retreat, the arrival day is on September 6, 2019 and the final departure day is on December 15, 2019.

For women applying to stay for the entire 90-day retreat, the arrival day is on September 13, 2019 and the final departure day is on December 15, 2019. Also, for women staying in Clarity Hamlet, the deadline to apply to stay for the entire 90-day retreat is Sunday, September 1, 2019. Please wait for your reservation to be confirmed before making travel arrangements.

For an extended stay, all guests register for their initial two weeks first. If your intention is to stay for the full 90 days, please mention that in the notes of your online registration. After your first full week on retreat here, you may write a request to extend your stay. If you follow the daily schedule of the monastery and are able to live in harmony with the community, there is a high rate of acceptance.
 

Solidity Hamlet seasonal retreat dates 2019 (For men and families):

September 13: (weekend, 1 week or 2 weeks)
September 27: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 11: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 25: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 8: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 22: (1 week or 2 weeks)
December 6: (1 week)
December 13: (weekend only)
 

Clarity Hamlet seasonal retreat dates 2019 (For women only):

September 13: (weekend, 1 week or 2 weeks)
September 20: (1 week or 2 weeks)
September 27: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 4: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 11: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 18: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 25: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 1: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 8: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 15: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 22: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 29: (1 week or 2 weeks)
December 6: (1 week)
December 13: (weekend only)
 

Pricing:

  • Tent– Adult $50/night | Teen $40/night | Child $25/night
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $60/night | Teen $50/night | Child $35/ night
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $70/night | Teen $60/night | Child $45/ night

To register for a seasonal retreat, reserve one campground space or one dorm room space per person. Guests must provide their own tents for camping registrations. Currently, 3-bed dorms are only available for men and/or families during seasonal retreat.
 
 
Please select from the options below:

Accommodation:  

Arrival Date:  

Duration:  


 

 

 
 
 
 


 


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! Our Holiday Retreat staff application is now available. Please click on the link below for more staff information and to apply.
 
Retreat Staff Application
 
 
 
 


 


Holiday Retreat

December 29, 2019 to January 3, 2020

 
Registration opening date: October 9, 2019
 
Bring in the New Year at Deer Park amongst spiritual family! In past years, this has been a very popular retreat. We anticipate that registration will reach capacity quickly. Please note the above registration opening date.

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 way, 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 ages, experiences, and backgrounds are welcome. No previous retreat experience is required.

For parents bringing youngsters, we will be organizing a children’s program for this retreat. If enough parents register themselves with their teenage children, a teen program will also be organized. Registration for teens and/or children must be accompanied by an adult registration.

Registration is per individual, not per family nor per dorm room or tent. Registration is required for every individual in attendance, regardless of age.

More information to come.

 
Pricing total for 6-day retreat registration (per person):

  • Tent – Adult $250 | Teen $200 | Child $125
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $300 | Teen $250 | Child $175
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $350 | Teen $300 | Child $225