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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
Seasonal Retreat: Please see current available arrival dates in the description below.
Special Retreat Schedule
Retreat Staff Opportunities
Wake Up Retreat: Canceled
Many Streams, One Source Retreat (LGBTQI+ and People of Color) : Canceled
Family Retreat Session Coyote: June 17-21, 2020
Family Retreat Session Roadrunner: June 22-26, 2020
Teen Camp: July 21-26, 2020
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.
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.
Seasonal Retreat dates for 2020:
May 1, 2020: (1 week or 2 weeks)
May 8, 2020: (1 week or 2 weeks)
May 15, 2020: (1 week)
June 5, 2020: (1 week)
July 10, 2020: (1 week)
July 31, 2020: (1 week)
- 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
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.
Staff opportunities for summer retreats coming soon.
Wake Up Retreat for Young Adults: Canceled
April 1-5, 2020
We sincerely appreciate your interest in the Wake Up Retreat. Aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the globe, including the west coast of the United States, our community has made the difficult decision to close Deer Park Monastery from now until May 1, 2020. We will review and update this decision over the coming weeks as the situation evolves.
Therefore, we regret to announce that we are unable to host the Wake Up Retreat this year. As a spiritual community, we recognize that we have a social responsibility to protect the well-being and safety of our guests and the monastery residents. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please click here for more detailed information about our temporary closure.
Many Streams, One Source Retreat: Canceled
May 6-10, 2020
We are sad to announce that conditions are currently insufficient to host this special retreat. Our aspiration was sincere, but when it was determined that we could not guarantee a fruitful outcome, we chose to cancel the retreat rather than to sacrifice the quality of the experience. We are working on creating the conditions to host this retreat in the future.