Register for a Retreat

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.

Special Retreat Schedule

US Tour Retreat in English: September 12-17, 2017
US Tour Vietnamese Retreat: September 20-24, 2017

Off-Site Special Retreat Schedule

US Tour Special Retreat at Harmony Pines: September 28 to October 1, 2017
 
 
 
 


Seasonal Retreat

Seasonal retreats at Deer Park Monastery are available during many months of the year. Guests learn and practice meditation and mindfulness by following the daily schedule with the community of brothers, sisters, and lay friends. Arrival and departure dates are specific. Accommodation options include space in a dorm or bringing your own tent to camp in our campgrounds. Seasonal retreats are residential retreats; 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. If you register to depart on Friday, the retreat end time is 9 AM. If you register to depart on Sunday, the retreat end time is 3 PM. Please note that not all Fridays are arrival days and not all arrival days are available for the same length of time. For availability, please see the list of currently available arrival dates below.

For an extended stay, guests may apply to register for an available two-week retreat. If your intention is to stay longer than two weeks, please mention that in the notes of your online registration application. After your first full week on retreat, you may submit a request to stay longer.

Pricing:

  • Tent– Adult $35/night | Teen $30/night | Child $20/night
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $45/night | Teen $40/night | Child $30/ night
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $55/night | Teen $50/night | Child $40/ night

 
Currently, there are no seasonal retreat dates available. We will post more seasonal retreat dates, including winter retreat dates, in the future.
 
 
 
 
 

US Tour Retreat in English: Awakening the Source of Understanding

September 12-17, 2017

Registration for this Deer Park retreat is open.

PLEASE NOTE: For all 6-bed dorm and trailer dorm reservations made after August 1st only upper bunk beds are available! The registration date will be the determining factor for lower bunk bed spaces that become available as a result of cancellations.

Deer Park US Tour 2017 Info Sheet

We invite you to join us for this 6-day mindfulness retreat, as we learn how to come back to ourselves and live with awareness and clarity, helping to bring about peace, reconciliation, healing, and happiness for ourselves, our families, society, and the world. The Deer Park retreat is part of a larger US Tour with the monks and nuns of Plum Village, Blue Cliff Monastery, Magnolia Grove Monastery, and Deer Park.

Our Dharma teachers will offer daily teachings on mindfulness as well as lead us in walking meditation, sitting meditation, deep relaxation, touching the earth, and the practices of deep listening and loving speech. Many of our meals will be taken in silence, to allow us the space and time to contemplate the food and the presence of others around us. We will meet daily in smaller groups to share about how to integrate the teachings into our daily lives. We also have the opportunity to share mindfully and joyfully in the daily tasks of maintaining the monastery through the practice of working meditation. Additionally, there will be periods and areas of noble silence to help us to reflect on what we have experienced during the day.

We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds–including those new to mindfulness practice; those who have previously attended retreats; and families with children. We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may touch the Dharma and find healing and nourishment.

We respectfully ask all registrants to arrive on arrival day, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, between 2 and 5 PM, and to stay at the monastery for the duration of the retreat. We kindly ask all registered guests to plan to depart from the monastery on departure day, Sunday, September 17, 2017. The retreat will conclude at approximately 3 PM.

For scholarship information, please contact the registration office: office(at)deerparkmonastery.org

Pricing for entire 6-day retreat registration per individual:

  • Tent – Adult $475 | Teen $325 | Child $225
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $660 | Teen $390 | Child $290
  • ACCOMMODATION FULL: 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $770 | Teen $660 | Child $480
  • Trailer Dorm – Adult $550 | Teen $350 | Child $250
  • Commuter – Adult $475 | Teen $325 | Child $225

 

Please select your accommodation:

Accommodation:  

Arrival Date:  

Duration:  

 
 
 
If your preferred accommodation is full, add your name to the waiting list.

 
 
 
 
 
 


US Tour Vietnamese Retreat: Mo Loi Yeu Thuong

September 20-24, 2017

Registration opened on: May 23, 2017

Online registration is available towards the end of the following retreat description.

Click here for the Vietnamese Retreat information sheet.

Click here for the Vietnamese Retreat registration form.

This 5-day US Tour retreat is exclusively for Vietnamese speakers and friends of Vietnamese heritage. For those who are not of Vietnamese origin, please register for the US Tour Retreat in English. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Tent– Adult $350 | Teen $225 | Child $125
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $450 | Teen $300 | Child $250
  • ACCOMMODATION FULL: 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $570 | Teen $420 | Child $370
  • Trailer Dorm – Adult $400 | Teen $260 | Child $165
  • Commuter – Adult $350 | Teen $225 | Child $125

 

Please select your accommodation:

Accommodation:  

Arrival Date:  

Duration:  

 
 
 
If your preferred accommodation is full, add your name to the waiting list.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


US Tour Special Retreat at Harmony Pines Retreat Center: Many Streams, One Source

September 28 to October 1, 2017

Registration for this retreat is now open.

Click on the link below to see the information sheet.

Many Streams, One Source Retreat Info Sheet

We warmly welcome you to join the community of monastic and lay practitioners in the Plum Village Tradition for this special retreat for the LGBTQ+, People of Color, and allied Young Adult communities at the beautiful Harmony Pines Retreat Center in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. 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 warmly invite all LGBTQ+, People of Color, and allied Young Adults (18-38ish!) to join this special retreat.

This retreat is for adults 18 years of age and older.

We respectfully ask all registrants to arrive on arrival day, Thursday, September 28, 2017, at 3 PM, and to stay at the Harmony Pines Retreat Center for the duration of the retreat. We kindly ask all registered guests to depart from the retreat center on departure day, Sunday, October 1, 2017. The retreat will conclude at approximately 2 PM.

For scholarship information, please contact the registration office: office(at)deerparkmonastery.org

Pricing for entire 4-day US Tour Special Retreat at Harmony Pines:

  • Dormitory space – $150 per adult

 
 
 
Registration for this retreat is full, please add your name to the waiting list.