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
We do not have any special retreat registration available at this time.
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, one week plus the weekend (9 nights), 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 or 9 nights, 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 winter retreat (Nov 24, 2017 to Feb 25, 2018):
For guests applying to stay for the entire 3 months of winter retreat, the arrival day is on November 24, 2017 and the final departure day is February 25, 2018. For an extended stay, all guests register for their initial two weeks first. If your intention is to stay for the full 3 months of winter retreat, please mention that in the notes of your online registration application. 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 available seasonal retreat 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)
Jan 5 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Jan 12 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Jan 19 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Jan 26 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Feb 2 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Feb 9 (1 week, 1 week + weekend, 2 weeks)
Feb 23 (weekend only)
- 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