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.
Given public health concerns stemming from the coronavirus, we are unable to host in-person events at this time. However, all Deer Park online retreats will be posted on this webpage as event details become available. In addition, we are now hosting online Days of Mindfulness on the Sundays of our annual 90-day retreat. We want to invite fellow mindfulness practitioners, old and new, near and far, to join us during these three months. Please click here for more information.
Seasonal Retreat Schedule
Special Retreat Schedule
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 2021:
Future dates to be determined
- Tent– Adult $50/night | Teen $40/night | Child $25/night
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $65/night | Teen $50/night | Child $35/ night
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $90/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 will be posted here as they become available.
May 26-30, 2021
Our journey of resilience, compassion, and healing
An online retreat for young adults (18-35 years old)
How can we handle the feelings of dread, loneliness, and anger within us and around us? There is no “back to normal” in such an uncertain and complex world, so let’s not go back, let’s come together to build a more compassionate future.
Wake Up is an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and more compassionate society.
Everything can begin with you. You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The schedule of this retreat will only be in US Time Zones. So if you can arrange your personal schedule to follow, then please register on this site. However, if you live in Europe, Africa, or Asia there is a separate but parallel Wake Up retreat organized by Plum Village Monastery where the schedule might suit your time zone better. You can register with Plum Village here.