Register for a Retreat

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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 Staff on March 27 to April 6, 2020
Earth Holder Retreat: February 26 to March 1, 2020
Wake Up Retreat: April 1-5, 2020
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 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.

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:

February 14: (1 week)
March 6, 2020: (1 week)
April 10, 2020: (1 week or 2 weeks)
April 17, 2020: (1 week or 2 weeks)
April 24, 2020: (1 week or 2 weeks)
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

To register for a seasonal retreat, reserve one campground space or one dorm room space per person. Guests must provide their own tents for camping registrations. Currently, 3-bed dorms are only available for men and/or families during seasonal retreat.
Please select from the options below:


Arrival Date:  






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.
Deer Park Monastery is now looking for Wake Up age staff members (between 18 and 35 years old) to help us staff the Wake Up Retreat for young adults. The dates of the staff program are March 27 to April 6, 2020. We will be accepting staff applications for this retreat until March 8, 2020. Staff applicants will be notified about the status of their application after March 8. The theme of this year’s Wake Up Retreat will be “Beginning Now”.
For more information, including the Wake Up Retreat staff application, click here.


Earth Holder Retreat:
We are the Earth Walking on Earth

February 26 to March 1, 2020

Registration opening date: December 11, 2019

Please join us for this 5-day mindfulness retreat. The freshness and beauty of the chaparral in springtime will be the setting.
This retreat will offer opportunities to come back to ourselves during daily sitting, walking, and eating meditation, in order to touch the nourishing and healing elements in and around us. Teachings will help us recognize, embrace, and look deeply into our individual and collective suffering in times of catastrophic climate change.
We will practice and grow as a community, all of us children of the Earth. We will come together in family groups for daily working and sharing meditations. Together we can touch peace, joy, and love in the present moment as our understanding of impermanence and interbeing deepen. On this foundation we can learn from each other about how we can bring compassionate actions into our lives and our society in order to lessen and transform the suffering of living beings in the present and future.
There will be ample time to be and practice in nature during walking meditation and hiking in the mountains, as well as outdoor ceremonies. During the retreat we will simplify our lives as we share accommodations, facilities, and meals, and fast from media and electronics.
We aspire for a diverse range of retreatants. A scholarship fund is available, especially to empower People of Color and young adults (18-35 years-old) to participate. You may contact the registration office to request a scholarship application.
Please note, this retreat will not feature a children’s or teen program. Parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times during these five days.
Pricing total for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Tent – Adult $200 | Teen $160 | Child $100
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $280 | Teen $240 | Child $180
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $340 | Teen $300 | Child $240 (Sold Out)


Please select your accommodation:
Arrival Date:  



Wake Up Retreat for Young Adults

April 1-5, 2020

Registration opening date: February 7, 2020
This special retreat is for young adults, ages 18-35 years old. Participation in the daily schedule of meditation and mindfulness activities is required.
During this retreat, we will practice together as a community. Activities include…
▪ 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
During this time, 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, April 1, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 2 PM on Sunday, April 5.
Pricing per person for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Bring your own tent to camp – Adult $200
  • One space in a 6-bed dorm – Adult $240
  • One space in a 3-bed dorm – Adult $280


Please select your accommodation:

Arrival Date:  



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.