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.
Deer Park retreats will be posted on this webpage as event details become available.
Seasonal Retreat Schedule
Arrival dates: Mid-October 2021 to mid-January 2022 now available. See below for more information.
Special Retreat Schedule
90-Day Rains Retreat: October 15, 2021 to January 16, 2022
Holiday Retreat: December 29, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Retreat Staff Opportunities
Retreat Staff Application: We are happy to announce that we need staff for the Holiday 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. Weekend retreats end on Sunday around 3 PM.
Please note that not all Fridays are arrival days. For availability, please see the drop-down menu of arrival dates in the registration portal below.
The monastery is requiring that all guest are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival day to the monastery and we ask that all guests please bring face masks for indoor activities.
Due to the ever changing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask for your understanding and support whenever Deer Park Monastery deems that immediate closure is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our monastic and lay friends. We strongly suggest that registered guests get travel insurance and/or refundable travel tickets, as we may not be able to give much notice before an imminent closure. In the case that the monastery closes prior to your arrival, your registration payment would be fully refunded as quickly as conditions allow.
- 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
Special Note – Please Read
Deer Park Monastery is comprised of two hamlets. Clarity Hamlet is where nuns (women) reside, and Solidity Hamlet is where monks (men) reside. During your visit, most of the practice will take place in the hamlet where you reside. The only exceptions are for the early morning sitting meditation and bi-weekly Day of Mindfulness, during which time we practice together. If you are staying in Clarity, you will follow the Clarity schedule. And if you stay in Solidity, you will follow the Solidity schedule.
Clarity Hamlet does not have any accommodations for those who identify as male and often single women and same-gender couples will stay in Clarity. For those who identify as gender non-conforming, staying in Solidity Hamlet is an option. We will support our gender non-conforming friends by identifying the most supportive hamlet and accommodations for your stay. Please feel free to make a note for us in the registration form.
You will be assigned a hamlet based on the information provided in your registration form. But please note that arrival day and length of stay options are different for Clarity and Solidity. One difference is that two-night stays are NOT available in Clarity Hamlet and only occur every other week in Solidity Hamlet. Anyone may register for a two-night stay in Solidity Hamlet. All arrival days for Clarity Hamlet are for one or two week-long stays. Another difference is that one and two week-long stays only occur every other week in Solidity Hamlet. All arrival days are Friday afternoon.
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. We kindly ask all staff members to bring their own tent to camp.
We are happy to announce that we will need staff for our upcoming Holiday Retreat! A staff application is coming soon.