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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: More opportunities will be available in 2020
Holiday Retreat: December 29, 2019 to January 3, 2020
Earth Holder Retreat: February 26 to March 1, 2020
Wake Up Retreat: April 1-5, 2020
Many Streams, One Source Retreat (LGBTQI+ and People of Color) : May 6-10, 2020
Family Retreat Session Coyote: June 17-21, 2020
Family Retreat Session Roadrunner: June 22-26, 2020
Teen Camp: July 21-26, 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. 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):
November 22: (1 week or 2 weeks)
December 6: (1 week)
December 13: (weekend only)
Clarity Hamlet seasonal retreat dates 2019 (For women only):
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) – Women’s dorms are sold out
- 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
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 team is now complete. More opportunities to staff will be available in 2020.
December 29, 2019 to January 3, 2020
Registration opening date: October 9, 2019
Update: Dorm accommodations reached capacity on the morning of October 9. You may either register to bring your own tent to camp or put your name on the waiting list for dorm accommodations, using the options below the following Holiday Retreat description.
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. Registration is now open.
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.
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 (Accommodation is full)
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $350 | Teen $300 | Child $225 (Accommodation is full)
If your preferred accommodation is full, you may add your name to the waiting list using the button below. The Holiday Retreat arrival date is December 29, 2019.
Many Streams, One Source
May 6-10, 2020
We warmly welcome the LGBTQI+ and People of Color communities to join monastic and lay practitioners in the Plum Village Tradition for this special retreat at Deer Park Monastery. During this retreat, we will celebrate and honor our diversity, manifesting together as a spiritual family, a Sangha, and practice touching the present moment deeply through developing awareness of our body and our mind. Bringing loving attention to our breath, our emotions, and our thoughts, our awareness begins to expand naturally.
Coming together to cultivate the art of mindfulness in daily living nourishes our understanding and helps heal our individual and collective hearts.
We respectfully ask all registrants to arrive on arrival day, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, between 2 and 5 PM, and to stay on the monastery grounds for the duration of the retreat. We ask all registered guests to depart from the monastery on departure day, Sunday, May 10, 2020. The retreat will conclude at approximately 2 PM.
We kindly invite those who identify as LGBTQI+ and/or People of Color to register for this retreat. The registration opening date will be in 2020 and will be posted in the near future.
More information to come!