Retreats

Prices
  • Casita Supporting Rate – $687.50
  • Casita Actual Rate – $605.00
  • Casita Base Rate – $550.00
  • Yurt Supporting Rate – $687.50
  • Yurt Actual Rate – $605.00
  • Yurt Base Rate – $550.00
  • Tent Cabin Supporting Rate – $593.75
  • Tent Cabin Actual Rate – $522.50
  • Tent Cabin Base Rate – $475.00

Please note that outstanding balances will be automatically charged 30 days prior to your retreat. Please see our Registration Information to learn more.

Date & Time Details: Registration opens at 3:00 on the first day of the retreat. The retreat will close shortly after breakfast on the last day.

Price: We offer a sliding scale structure. Prices for this retreat range from $475-$687.50. (Learn more)

Dana: This is a dana based retreat. (Learn more)

Shuttle: Shuttle Service is available for this retreat. (Learn more)

Special Note: To achieve the desired retreat container for this experience, we are currently accepting registrations for people of color and we will be temporarily wait-listing applicants who do not self-identify as people of color. This will ensure a rich, diverse and balanced group for the retreat. To be added to the wait list, please email refuge@vallecitos.org. We will email you by February 28 to inform you of your acceptance of wait list status. Thank you for your understanding.

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Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together

With DaRa Williams, Erin Treat, Sebene Selassie and Solwazi Johnson (Assistant)

June 2 - 7, 2017

The inspiration to offer this retreat emerged from its teachers, as a result of many years of being together in dharma practice, teaching, and spiritual friendship.  The retreat will be grounded in the teachings of the Four Noble Truths, the refuges, and the practices of lovingkindness and compassion.  This unique retreat will offer regular vipassana instruction, with particular attention both to the gifts of practicing in wild nature and the power of coming together in relationship as we explore our ways of belonging and what prevents us from our inherent interconnection to all. We will explore how to connect with one another and how we harvest the gifts of the present moment known with wise attention.  On this retreat there will be silence and individual practice, and we will also engage in inquiry and sharing through relational dharma practice as part of the context of the retreat.

Special Note for this retreat: 

To achieve the desired retreat container for this experience, we are currently accepting registrations for people of color and we will be temporarily wait-listing applicants who do not self-identify as people of color. This will ensure a rich, diverse and balanced group for the retreat. To be added to the wait list, please email refuge@vallecitos.org. We will email you by February 28 to inform you of your acceptance of wait list status. Thank you for your understanding.

Teachers

DaRa Williams
DaRa Williams is a Guiding Teacher at Insight Meditation Society (IMS)  and has practiced meditation for over 25 years. She teaches retreats at New York Insight, IMS and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. A therapist for over 30 years, DaRa is dedicated to working at the intersection of social justice, spirituality and authentic expression of well being.  She is committed to the healing of inter-generational trauma and social disconnection and seeks to integrate the natural driving force to be well with the tools and understanding to make it so.  She is a Focusing Oriented Therapist and is a Coordinating Trainer of Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy. “The dharma practiced through vipassana and metta mediation serves to transform suffering into the awakened heart.  My call to teach is a response to  the trauma of oppression and its…
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Erin Treat
Erin Treat lives in Durango, CO and serves as a Guiding Teacher of Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center.  She teaches retreats at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society and serves as a teacher and board member at the Durango Dharma Center. Erin offers talks, leads classes, and teaches meditation retreats in the southwest and nationwide.  Her approach to sharing the dharma is influenced by her experience as a student of the Diamond Approach by A.H. Almass and by her deep love of socially engaged practice, embodiment and wild nature. Erin was born and raised in the prairie of Fargo, ND…
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Sebene Selassie
Sebene Selassie is a dharma teacher and certified Integral Coach®. She began studying Buddhism as an undergrad at McGill University where she received a BA in Comparative Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School where she focused on critical race theory and cultural studies. For over 20 years she worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not–for–profits. Her work has taken her everywhere from the Tenderloin in San Francisco to East Harlem, NYC to refugee camps in Guinea, West Africa. Sebene is the former Executive…
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Solwazi Johnson (Assistant)
Solwazi Johnson leads mindfulness meditation classes and retreats primarily in the Denver metropolitan area. Solwazi has been meditating for more than 18 years with a focus on Vipassana since 2003. He has studied and practiced meditation in Thailand, Burma, India, and South Africa. He is certified as a Community Dharma Leader by Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Solwazi worked for over 20 years as health educator and trainer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He is currently a trainer with the Intrinsic Resilience Training Institute, which is a non-profit research and training organization dedicated to…
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