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. For seasonal retreat dates that have reached capacity, you may consider joining our Waiting List for Seasonal Retreat.
Special Retreat Schedule
Wake Up Retreat for Young Adults: March 28 to April 1, 2018
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 apply to 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. 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 PM. Please note that not all Fridays are arrival days. For availability, please see the list of current available arrival dates below.
Note about 3-bed dorms:
Currently, 3-bed dorms are only available for men and/or families.
Notes about long-term stay:
If your intention is to apply to stay longer than 2 weeks, please mention that in the “Notes” section of your online reservation form. After your first full week on retreat here, you may write a request to extend your stay.
Notes about weekends:
During the winter season, we will offer two seasonal retreat weekend stays. Weekend registration is very limited. Guests may apply to register for the opening weekend of winter retreat with the arrival day of November 24, 2017 and/or the closing weekend of winter retreat with the arrival day of February 23, 2018. Weekend retreats start on Friday with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM and end on Sunday at 3 PM.
Notes about retreats in February 2018 (Lunar New Year):
If you are registering to stay at the monastery during the month of February 2018, please be aware that we will not be on a regular mindfulness and meditation schedule starting the week of February 9. During that week, we will be preparing for Lunar New Year festivities. The first day of Lunar New Year will be on February 16; for that day and the week that follows, we will be on an alternative schedule to celebrate the holiday.
Current seasonal retreat arrival dates:
Nov 24 (weekend, 1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Dec 1 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Dec 8 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Dec 15 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Dec 29 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks): AT CAPACITY FOR MEN & FAMILIES / AT CAPACITY FOR WOMEN’S DORMS
Jan 5 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Jan 12 (1 week, 2 weeks)
Jan 19 (1 week, 2 weeks)
Jan 26 (1 week, 2 weeks)
Feb 2 (1 week, 2 weeks)
Feb 9 (1 week, 2 weeks)
Feb 23 (weekend only): AT CAPACITY FOR MEN & FAMILIES / AT CAPACITY FOR WOMEN’S DORMS
- 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
If the arrival date that you would like to register for is full, you may add your name to our waiting list below. If space becomes available, we will contact you.
Wake Up Retreat for Young Adults:
Waking Up to Life
March 28 to April 1, 2018
Registration opening date: February 7, 2018
This special retreat is for young adults, ages 18-35 years old. Participation in the daily retreat schedule is required.
During this retreat, we will practice mindfulness together as a community, including…
▪ 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
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 28, 2018, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 2 PM on Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Pricing per person for 5-day retreat registration:
- Tent – Adult $200
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $240
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $280