About Retreat Life

About Our Retreat Center

Vallecitos is a stunning wilderness retreat center and wildlife refuge located on 135-acres within the Carson National Forest in the mountains of northern New Mexico, eleven miles from paved road. The landscape is meadows and mixed aspen, ponderosa pine and spruce forest. There are seven ponds (including a swimming pond) and the Río Vallecitos runs through the middle of the property. In addition to an extensive network of hiking trails, Vallecitos is a short hike away from the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which traverses over 3,000 miles between Canada and Mexico. We are a remote, off-the-grid retreat center offering rustic yet comfortable accommodations in a pristine and inspiring natural setting.

About Retreats

Meditation retreat practice invites you to connect with your embodied experience in the present moment.  In the precious and rare setting of retreat, our usual daily distractions are removed to support you to in developing mindfulness, compassion, and wise understanding.  Practicing within the natural beauty of this mountain retreat center creates a truly special opportunity for Vallecitos visitors. The power of practice in the wild gives rise to a more centered, mindful, and patient presence that supports you in your daily life.

Noble Silence

Most of our meditation retreats are held in Noble Silence and your teachers will discuss the practice of Noble Silence.  To support the development of a collected and settled mind, most retreats and meals are held without ordinary social conversation. Even while in Noble Silence, teachers will offer instruction and teachings as well as practice discussions or group dialogue.  Time and again, at the end of retreats our participants tell us that the experience of Noble Silence was perhaps the most meaningful aspect of their retreat.

Sitting and Walking Meditation

All retreats will include sitting and walking meditation.  Your teachers will offer instruction to guide you in the practice of mindfulness throughout your retreat experience.

Work Meditation

“Work meditation” jobs are an opportunity to engage in the maintenance and care of each other and the retreat space. A rewarding and meaningful part of your experience at Vallecitos, work meditation jobs link you to everyday life, both at Vallecitos and when we return home.

There is a short work period each day to help with the daily tasks of running the retreat, including food preparation, washing dishes, and cleaning. Light duty jobs ARE available. We honor your personal capacity and limitations in assigning work retreat jobs. Please don’t hesitate to let the manager know what your needs are. Otherwise, out of fairness for all retreat participants we will not take requests or make assignments for jobs prior to the start of your retreat.

Staying at Vallecitos Before or After Retreat

In general, Vallecitos does not have accommodations available before or after retreat. However, there is a small chance that the Hermitage for Self Retreat may have availability. Click here to see the hermitage page and calendar.

Taos is the closest town and has many accommodation options. Santa Fe is another close by town and is also a pick up point for the retreat center shuttle.

Laundry

Other than for retreats of 3 weeks or more, Vallecitos does not offer laundry services. Retreatants are asked to bring enough clothes for the duration of the retreat. Small items may be hand washed and hung on outdoor clotheslines.

Hiking Trails

A network of trails winds through the ranch and the surrounding landscape, including a stunning section of the national Continental Divide Trail, offering extraordinary opportunities to explore diverse environments and reconnect with nature within a short distance of the comforts of the lodge at the ranch.

Emergency Contact Information 

Participants are asked to “unplug” while on retreat at Vallecitos. However, if there is an emergency and you need to be contacted, your family and friends may either call (505) 469-9017 or email refuge@vallecitos.org

About Visiting Vallecitos

Vallecitos has a pre-planned seasonal meditation retreat schedule for the months of May-October. We are closed, due to our remote and mountainous location, for the months of November through April. There are two ways to spend time at Vallecitos: while on of one our scheduled retreats or in the Hermitage for Self-Retreat. Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center is not open for public visits.