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.
Sisterhood Weekend: May 24-26, 2019 and August 23-25, 2019
 

Special Retreat Schedule

Retreat Staff Opportunities: Multiple dates in summer of 2019
Family Retreat Session Coyote: June 19-23, 2019 (Sold out)
Family Retreat Session Roadrunner: June 27 to July 1, 2019 (Sold out)
Teen Camp: July 16-21, 2019
Vietnamese Retreat: August 7-11, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 


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 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):

May 17: (1 week or 2 weeks)
May 24: (1 week or 2 weeks)
May 31: (1 week or 2 weeks)
June 7: (1 week)

 
Pricing:

  • 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:
Accommodation:  
Arrival Date:  
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Sisterhood Weekend

 

Registration is now open for women and females to 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. Therefore, if you would like to participate in this retreat weekend, we encourage early registration.

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.

 

Sisterhood Weekend Retreat Pricing Chart:

  • Tent– Adult $50/night | Teen $40/night | Child $25/night
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $60/night | Teen $50/night | Child $35/ night

To apply to register for the Sisterhood Weekend, please reserve one campground space or one dorm room space per female. For tent registration, guests must provide their own tent.
 
 

Please select your accommodation:
 
Accommodation:
 
Arrival Date:
 
Duration:

 
 

 
 
 
 
 


 


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 the Family Retreat or Teen Camp, this year! Please click on the link below for more information.
 
Retreat Staff Application
 
 
 
 

 


Family Retreat

Session Coyote: June 19-23, 2019 (Sold out)

Session Roadrunner: June 27 to July 1, 2019 (Sold out)

 
Registration opening date: March 6, 2019
Registration reached capacity for Session Coyote: March 17, 2019
Registration reached capacity for Session Roadrunner: April 15, 2019

For the last few years, so many people have shown interest in our Family Retreat, that registration would reach capacity and a rather long waiting list would result! In 2019, the monastery will host two sessions of the Family Retreat to allow more families to benefit. Therefore, each family will only be permitted to register for one session. Each session will follow the same retreat schedule; the only difference will be the dates.

With the practice of mindfulness as the base, we will learn to practice deep listening and loving speech to nourish true harmony within our families. During this retreat, we shall learn to practice together as an extended family and to support each other at home, in the workplace, and at school. At times, parents and children will be together and at other times, they practice separately. It is a precious chance for the whole family to be in a practice setting and learn new ways of being with one another.

We encourage both parents to join us for the duration of the retreat with their children. There is no partial attendance to this residential retreat. Commuting is not an option.

During scheduled times of the day, there will be a program for children who are 6 years old and older, as well as a program for tweens, and another for teens. Monastic and lay staff members will lead the programs and will ask for support from parents to assist the groups during the retreat. Please be aware that parental supervision is required whenever children and teens are not in their scheduled program groups. Also, children 5 years old and younger will require parental supervision for the duration of their stay at the monastery.

If your family determines that they are committed to attending the 5 days of this retreat, we encourage early registration. Space is limited. Registration is per individual, not per family, nor per tent or dorm room.

 
Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Tent – Adult $200 | Teen $160 | Child $100 (Sold out)
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $240 | Teen $200 | Child $140 (Sold out)
  • 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $280 | Teen $240 | Child $180 (Sold out)

 
Please select the session that you wish to attend and join one of our waiting lists below. In order to make space for the maximum amount of guests, each individual is only allowed to attend one session of the Family Retreat. However, you may join the waiting list for both sessions.
 
 
 
Waiting List for Family Retreat Session Coyote:
 
Family Retreat Session Coyote has reached capacity. You may add your name to the waiting list using the button below. The arrival day for Session Coyote is June 19, 2019.

 

 
 
 
 
Waiting List for Family Retreat Session Roadrunner:
 
Family Retreat Session Roadrunner has reached capacity. You may add your name to the waiting list using the button below. The arrival day for Session Roadrunner is June 27, 2019.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 


 


 


Teen Camp

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 – please come and join!

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

 

Register below:
 
Accommodation:  

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Vietnamese Retreat

August 7-11, 2019

 

Registration opening date: May 16, 2019
 

Click here to download a retreat information sheet in Vietnamese.
Click here to download a registration form in Vietnamese.

 

This special 5-day residential retreat is strictly for Vietnamese speakers and people of Vietnamese heritage.

 
Pricing for 5-day retreat registration:

  • Bring Tent – Adult $160 | Teen $120 | Child $60
  • 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $200 | Teen $160 | Child $100

 
 

Please select your accommodation:
 
Accommodation:  

Arrival Date:  

Duration: