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

Please see current available arrival dates in the Seasonal Retreat description below.

Sisterhood Weekends are seasonal retreats exclusively for women and females. Please see available arrival dates in the Sisterhood Weekend description below.

Special Retreat Schedule

Retreat Staff Opportunities: Winter 2018
Vietnamese Retreat: August 8-12, 2018
Holiday Retreat: December 30, 2018 to January 4, 2019
Wake Up Retreat: March 27-31, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 


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 3:30 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 14, 2018 and/or the closing weekend of the retreat with the arrival day of December 14, 2018. Weekend retreats start on Friday with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM and end on Sunday at 3:30 PM.

Notes about the 90-day retreat (Sept 14, 2018 to Dec 16, 2018):

For guests applying to stay for the entire 90-day retreat, the arrival day is on September 14, 2018 and the final departure day is December 16, 2018. 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.

Currently available seasonal retreat dates (2018):

August 17: (1 week or 2 weeks)
August 24: (1 week or 2 weeks)
August 31: (1 week)
September 14: (weekend, 1 week, or 2 weeks)
September 21: (1 week or 2 weeks)
September 28: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 5: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 12: OI members and OI aspirants only
October 19: (1 week or 2 weeks)
October 26: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 2: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 9: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 16: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 23: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 30: (1 week or 2 weeks)
December 7: (1 week)
December 14: (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:  


 

 
 
 
 
 


 


Sisterhood Weekend

 

Registration is now open for women and young women to come and practice meditation and mindfulness with the monastic sisters of Deer Park Monastery. All registered females will practice the daily schedule of the monastery together in Clarity Hamlet.

There are limits to the number of women that we can receive on any given arrival day. Therefore, if you would like to participate in this retreat weekend, we encourage early registration.

Check-in time is between 2 and 4 PM on Friday and the retreat will end at approximately 3 PM on Sunday. We kindly ask all friends to arrive on the designated arrival day, depart on the designated departure day, and to follow the daily schedule of the monastery.
 

Currently available Sisterhood Weekend arrival dates:

August 31, 2018 (Dorm accommodations are full)
 

Sisterhood Weekend Retreat Pricing Chart:

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

To apply to register for the Sisterhood Weekend, please reserve one campground space or one dorm room space per female. For tent registration, guests must provide their own tent.
 
 

Please select your accommodation:
 
Accommodation:
 
Arrival Date:
 
Duration:

 
 

 
 
 
 
 


 


Retreat Staff Opportunities

 

The monastery is currently looking for experienced practitioners to join our Holiday Retreat staff program! Staff will arrive on Thursday, December 27, 2018 and stay until Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Serving on the staff team is often a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, working together in joy and harmony. If you have attended a retreat in the Plum Village tradition or served as staff at one of our monasteries, we hope that you consider applying.

We are currently working on our staff application for the Holiday Retreat staff program. Please do not hesitate to contact the monastery to express your interest to staff! We will be posting more information soon.

 
 
 
 


 


Vietnamese Retreat: Tro Ve Nguon Coi

August 8-12, 2018

 
Registration for this retreat is now open.

Click here to download a registration form in Vietnamese.
Click here to download a retreat information sheet in Vietnamese.

 
Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Bring Tent – Adult $160 | Teen $120 | Child $60
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $200 | Teen $160 | Child $100 ACCOMMODATION FULL

 

Online registration is below. Please select your accommodation:
 
Accommodation:  

Arrival Date:  

Duration:  


 


 
 
 
 


 


Holiday Retreat

December 30, 2018 to January 4, 2019

 
Projected registration opening date: October 3, 2018
 
Bring in the New Year at Deer Park amongst spiritual family!

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.

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:

  • 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

 
 
 
 
 

 


Wake Up Retreat for Young Adults

March 27-31, 2019

 
Projected registration opening date: December 19, 2018
 
This special retreat is for young adults, ages 18-35 years old. Participation in the daily schedule of meditation and mindfulness activities is required.

During this retreat, we will practice together as a community. Activities include…
 
▪ Getting to know our restless mind and befriending ourselves
▪ Sitting, walking, and working meditation and mindful meals
▪ Singing practice songs, exercising, and hiking
▪ Practicing mindful speech and deep listening
▪ Enjoying silence and nature
▪ Discovering our aspiration in life
 
During this time, we will learn to focus, relax, be present, enjoy life, and be happy together.

This is a 5-day residential retreat. All registrants are required to arrive in the afternoon on arrival day, stay at the monastery for the duration of the retreat, and depart on departure day. Arrival time is between 2 and 5 PM on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 2 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
 
Pricing per person for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Bring your own tent to camp – Adult $200
  • One space in a 6-bed dorm – Adult $240
  • One space in a 3-bed dorm – Adult $280