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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
Please see current available arrival dates in the Seasonal Retreat description below.
Special Retreat Schedule
Retreat Staff Opportunities: More information to come
Holiday Retreat: December 30, 2018 to January 4, 2019
Wake Up Retreat: March 27-31, 2019
Family Retreat Session Coyote: June 19-23, 2019
Family Retreat Session Roadrunner: June 27 to July 1, 2019
Teen Camp: July 16-21, 2019
Vietnamese Retreat: August 9-13, 2019
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. If your stay is for the weekend, the retreat ends on Sunday at 3:30 PM.
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.
Notes about weekends:
Weekend registration is very limited. During the 90-day retreat, we will offer two seasonal retreat weekend stays. Guests may register for the opening weekend of the retreat with the arrival day of September 14, 2018 and/or the closing weekend of the retreat with the arrival day of December 14, 2018. Weekend retreats start on Friday with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM and end on Sunday at 3:30 PM.
Notes about the 90-day retreat (Sept 14, 2018 to Dec 16, 2018):
For guests applying to stay for the entire 90-day retreat, the arrival day is on September 14, 2018 and the final departure day is December 16, 2018. For an extended stay, all guests register for their initial two weeks first. If your intention is to stay for the full 90 days, please mention that in the notes of your online registration. After your first full week on retreat here, you may write a request to extend your stay. If you follow the daily schedule of the monastery and are able to live in harmony with the community, there is a high rate of acceptance.
Currently available seasonal retreat dates (2018-2019):
November 2: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 9: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 16: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 23: (1 week or 2 weeks)
November 30: (1 week or 2 weeks)
December 7: (1 week)
December 14: (weekend only/ 3-bed dorms are full and 6-bed dorms in Clarity Hamlet are full)
January 25: (1 week or 2 weeks)
February 15: (1 week or 2 weeks)
February 22: (1 week or 2 weeks)
March 1: (1 week or 2 weeks)
March 8: (1 week or 2 weeks)
March 15: (1 week)
April 5: (1 week or 2 weeks)
April 12: (1 week or 2 weeks)
April 19: (1 week or 2 weeks)
April 26: (1 week)
May 24: (1 week or 2 weeks)
May 31: (1 week or 2 weeks)
June 7: (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
Thank you to all of the many applicants who applied for the Holiday Retreat staff program! Our staff positions are now full. As new staff programs become available for future retreats, we will update this section with more information.
Serving on the staff team 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 for a future staff program.
December 30, 2018 to January 4, 2019
Registration opening date: October 3, 2018
Date registration reached capacity: October 31, 2018
Bring in the New Year at Deer Park amongst spiritual family! In past years, this has been a very popular retreat. We anticipate that registration will reach capacity quickly. Therefore, we encourage registering as soon as possible.
When we come back to ourselves, to what is going on in the here and now, we let go of the stories we tell ourselves. Practicing this way, we nourish our happiness, our hearts open, and we can come to better love and understand ourselves and our loved ones. This is a real gift to offer.
During this retreat, we will practice breathing, smiling, walking, eating, playing, working, sharing, and being together in mindfulness. We will bring our mind and body together, recognizing, touching, and enjoying the fruits of the present moment.
People of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds are welcome.
For parents bringing youngsters, we will be organizing a children’s program for children between 6 and 12 years old for this special retreat. We will also organize a teen program. Registration for teens and/or children must be accompanied by an adult registration.
Registration is per individual, not per family nor per dorm room or tent. Registration is required for every individual in attendance, regardless of age.
Pricing total for 6-day retreat registration:
- Tent – Adult $250 | Teen $200 | Child $125 | ACCOMMODATION FULL
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $300 | Teen $250 | Child $175 | ACCOMMODATION FULL
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $350 | Teen $300 | Child $225 | ACCOMMODATION FULL
Now that Holiday Retreat registration has reached capacity, you may add your name to the waiting list using the button below. The Holiday Retreat arrival date is December 30, 2018.
Wake Up Retreat for Young Adults
March 27-31, 2019
Projected registration opening date: December 19, 2018
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, March 27, 2019, and the retreat will conclude at approximately 2 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
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
Session Coyote: June 19-23, 2019
Session Roadrunner: June 27 to July 1, 2019
Projected registration opening date: March 6, 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
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $240 | Teen $200 | Child $140
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $280 | Teen $240 | Child $180
July 16–21, 2019
Projected registration opening date: March 6, 2019
Registration closing date: July 13, 2019
We kindly ask all teens to please register prior to July 13, 2019, as we plan to close registration on this date.
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
August 9-13, 2019
Projected registration opening date: To be determined
This special 5-day residential retreat is strictly for Vietnamese speakers and people of Vietnamese heritage.
More information to come.
Projected pricing for 5-day retreat registration:
- Bring Tent – Adult $160 | Teen $120 | Child $60
- 6 Bed Dorm – Adult $200 | Teen $160 | Child $100
- 3 Bed Dorm – Adult $240 | Teen $200 | Child $140