Translation / Dịch : Spanish
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
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 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.
Currently available seasonal retreat dates (2019):
July 26: (1 week)
More dates to come starting with arrival dates in September
- 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
Sisterhood Weekend: August 23-25, 2019 (Sold Out)
On this weekend, women and females will come and practice meditation and mindfulness with the monastic sisters of Deer Park Monastery. All registered women and young women will practice the daily schedule of the monastery together in Clarity Hamlet.
There are limits to the number of women that we can receive on any given arrival day.
Check-in time is between 2 and 4 PM on Friday and the retreat will end at approximately 4 PM on Sunday. We kindly ask all friends to arrive on the designated arrival day, depart on the designated departure day, and to follow the daily schedule of the monastery. Please contact the registration office if you would like to add your name to the waiting list.
Sisterhood Weekend Retreat Pricing Chart:
- Tent– Adult $50/night | Teen $40/night | Child $25/night (Sold Out)
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $60/night | Teen $50/night | Child $35/ night (Sold Out)
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! Our Holiday Retreat application will be available soon. Please click on the link below for more staff information.
Retreat Staff Application
July 16–21, 2019
Registration opening date: March 6, 2019
Registration closing date: July 9, 2019
We kindly ask all teens to please register prior to July 9, 2019, as we plan to close registration on this date to allow for preparation and organization.
Teen Camp is open to all teens with or without previous experience with mindfulness, meditation, or camping. This is a special time for all teenagers.
During this retreat, we will come together as brothers and sisters to develop skills that help us learn to be alive in the present moment and to connect deeply with ourselves and others. When we learn to be mindful, a whole new world appears.
Activities will include walking meditation, eating in mindfulness, participating in periods of noble silence, sitting meditation, dharma presentations, sharing in groups, Deep Relaxation Meditation, joyful service, games, and hiking. Other activities we may include are morning exercise, drinking tea meditation, and a performance night.
We will stay in large tents (around 5 teens per tent). Teen girls will be assigned to a tent in Clarity Hamlet Oak Grove and teen boys to a tent in the Solidity Hamlet Campground. There will be monastic and lay staff members staying in both campgrounds. The monastery will provide tents, but we ask everyone to bring their own sleeping bags, sleeping mats, and pillows.
Participants are expected to attend the entire retreat and all activities. For parents and younger siblings, please consider registering for Family Retreat, when there will be programs for children, teens, and adults. Teen Camp is exclusively for teens ages 13-18: no exceptions.
Pricing for 6-day Teen Camp registration:
- Tent – $200 per teen
Teen Camp registration is now closed to allow our retreat organizers time to prepare for the retreat.
August 7-11, 2019
Registration opening date: May 16, 2019
This special 5-day residential retreat is strictly for Vietnamese speakers and people of Vietnamese heritage.
Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:
- Bring Tent to Camp – Adult $160 | Teen $120 | Child $60