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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
Retreat Staff Opportunities: Future dates to be determined
International Family Retreat Online: Jul 28 to Aug 2, 2020
Taking Refuge in Our Spiritual Home Online Retreat: Oct 21-25, 2020
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
- 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
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.
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.
Taking Refuge in Our Spiritual Home: Online Retreat to Celebrate 20 Years of Deer Park
October 21-25, 2020
Bring the mindfulness practices and the larger community of Deer Park Monastery straight into your home, turning your apartment or house into the Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall, and nourishing the roots that we all share here in the valley of the hidden mountain. We will celebrate online the past twenty years since Thay first inaugurated the monastery in the Oak Grove by bringing back many of the monks and nuns who were present here then—the ones who rolled up their sleeves to refurbish the abandoned buildings, to transform the dry chaparral into serene ponds and groves, those who touched you with their talks, their deep listening, and their capacity to bring transformation and healing to you and your families.
This is a family reunion, and we want you all to be there! We welcome friends both old and new. We will enjoy guided meditation, Dharma talks from our elder founding brothers and sisters, walking meditation, mindful eating, total relaxation, Dharma sharing in family groups according to language, and fun workshops with stories from the past twenty years of Deer Park as well as sharing about Thay’s vision for the future of Buddhism in America.
The retreat will be in English and Vietnamese, with translation into both languages.
For more information, please click on the link below. If you are ready to register, you may use the registration portal below.
Pricing total for 5-day online retreat registration:
- Standard Rate – $240
- Sponsor Rate – $360 (Pays for you and for someone to receive a scholarship)
- Scholarship Rate – $120