Scholarships

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center has long been grounded in the tradition of generosity. Vallecitos is excited to offer multiple opportunities for financial assistance and are committed to helping those who are genuinely unable to afford the cost of a meditation retreat. We ask those who need assistance to pay the highest amount you can reasonably afford so that we may support others in their needs as well.

Due to limited resources, we recommend that you apply for financial assistance as early as possible. Please know that we will do our best to help and that our funds are finite so we cannot guarantee that every application will result in a scholarship. Before applying, carefully review the information below and follow all instructions in order to expedite the processing of your application! Do not submit an application if you do not meet all criteria.

*Please note that financial assistance does not cover transportation costs, dana, or optional retreat costs such as comfort pack  reservations. If you plan to attend a dana based retreat (see registration form for this information), please plan accordingly to have the ability to offer generosity at the end of your retreat to support our teachers, who receive no other financial compensation for dana-based retreats.

 

2017 Scholarship Opportunities

Vallecitos is proud to have awarded more than $86,000 in Scholarships and Fellowships for 2017 retreat season!

Hemera Fellowships for Educators – FULLY AWARDED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Hemera Fellowships for Health Care Professionals – FULLY AWARDED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Hemera Fellowships for Artists – FULLY AWARDED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Fellowships for People of Color – FULLY AWARDED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

VMRC Needs Based Scholarships – FULLY AWARDED, NO LONGER AVAILABLE

 

Hemera Contemplative Fellowships for Health Care Professionals – ALL FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED

Thanks to a generous grant from the Hemera Foundation, Vallecitos is happy to offer fellowships to healthcare professionals who are employed full time in a health care field AND work primarily with patients/clients or oversee other healthcare professionals.

Applicants can receive fellowships covering up to 100% of the registration cost if they have never been on a retreat longer than a weekend. Applicants can receive fellowships covering up to 50% of the registration cost if they have been on retreat before and can apply for need based funding if necessary.

Eligible Retreats: All retreats on our 2017 schedule are eligible except the UNM Veterans Retreats and The 5 Elements Accupuncturists Retreat.

Instructions for applying: ALL SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY MORE APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.

    1. Please fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose Apply for a Scholarship as your payment method. Once you have submitted your registration, the thank you page will direct you back to this page.
    2. Healthcare Professionals Please click here to fill out the online fellowship application for Healthcare Professionals. Please note that you will be taken to a different web site to fill out this application directly with Hemera. There is a $5 application fee and you will be asked to create and account to apply.
    3. We will contact you within 10 days after receiving both your registration and application. (If you have a balance, we will send you a statement reflecting the fellowship amount awarded, your remaining balance and due date.)

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Hemera Contemplative Fellowships for Educators – ALL FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED

Thanks to a generous grant from the Hemera Foundation, Vallecitos is offering fellowships to educators who currently work full-time in pre-K or K-12 education, or are enrolled full-time in a Master’s degree program in education (please see below for eligibility details). Applicants can receive fellowships covering up to 100% of the registration cost if they have never been on a retreat longer than a weekend. Applicants can receive fellowships covering up to 50% of the registration cost if they have been on retreat before and can apply for need based funding if necessary.

Eligible for Hemera funds (all of these roles must be full-time):

  • Preschool teachers/administrators
  • Kindergarten teachers/administrators
  • Elementary school teachers/administrators
  • Middle school teachers/administrators
  • High school teachers/administrators
  • Pre-k-12 substitute teachers
  • Pre-k-12 guidance counselors, academic advisors, social workers, librarians, nurses, etc.
  • Pre-k-12 principals and other administrators
  • Employees of pre-k-12 school districts not working directly in a school
  • Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) students
  • Full-time G.E.D. teachers
  • Individuals who work daily educating pre-k-12 students outside of schools (i.e. educators working in museums or juvenile detention centers)

Ineligible for Hemera Funds:

  • College/higher education faculty/employees
  • Teachers who teach or train other teachers (i.e. in mindfulness techniques, or M.Ed faculty)

Eligible Retreats: All retreats on our 2017 schedule are eligible except the UNM Veterans Retreats and The 5 Elements Accupuncturists Retreat.

Instructions for applying: ALL SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY MORE APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.

    1. Please fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose Apply for a Scholarship as your payment method. Once you have submitted your registration, the thank you page will direct you back to this page.
    2. Educators Please click here to fill out the online fellowship application for Educators. Please note that you will be taken to a different web site to fill out this application directly with Hemera. There is a $5 application fee and you will be asked to create and account to apply.
    3. We will contact you within 10 days after receiving both your registration and application.  (If you have a balance, we will send you a statement reflecting the fellowship amount awarded, your remaining balance and due date.)

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Hemera Tending Space Fellowships for Artists – ALL FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED

The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight. To accomplish this, we provide financial support for artists to experience the immersive, contemplative environment of a meditation retreat. Qualified applicants will be full-time artists—visual, performing artists, writers, and multi-disciplinary artists—whose professions directly relate to their artmaking practice.

Applicants can receive fellowships covering up to 100% of the registration cost if they have never been on a retreat longer than a weekend. Applicants can receive fellowships covering up to 50% of the registration cost if they have been on retreat before and can apply for need based funding if necessary.

Eligible Retreats: All retreats on our 2017 schedule are eligible except the UNM Veterans Retreats and The 5 Elements Accupuncturists Retreat.

Instructions for applying: ALL SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY MORE APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.

    1. Please fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose Apply for a Scholarship as your payment method. Once you have submitted your registration, the thank you page will direct you back to this page.
    2. Artists Please click here to fill out the online fellowship application for Artists. Please note that you will be taken to a different web site to fill out this application directly with Hemera. There is a $5 application fee and you will be asked to create and account to apply.
    3. We will contact you within 10 days after receiving both your registration and application. (If you have a balance, we will send you a statement reflecting the fellowship amount awarded, your remaining balance and due date.)

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VMRC Needs-Based Scholarships – ALL SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and donors, we are able to provide some financial assistance to those who truly could not otherwise afford a meditation retreat. To allow us to award as many scholarships as possible, please ONLY apply for this Scholarship if you do not qualify for any of the other scholarship or fellowship opportunities.

Eligible Retreats: All retreats on our 2017 schedule are eligible except the UNM Veterans Retreats and The 5 Elements Accupuncturists Retreat.

Instructions for applying: ALL SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY MORE APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.

    1. Please fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose Apply for a Scholarship as your payment method. Once you have submitted your registration, the thank you page will direct you back to this page.
    2. Please click here to fill out the online VMRC scholarshp application. If you do not apply within 5 days of submitting your registration, your retreat resevation may be released to another participant.
    3. We will contact you within 10 days of receiving both your registration and application. (If you have a balance, we will send you a statement reflecting the scholarship amount awarded, your remaining balance and due date.)

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Fellowships for People of Color – ALL FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED

  • Thanks to a generous grant from The Frederick P Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism (www.fredericklenzfoundation.org) we are able to offer up to 100% funding for people of color.
  • Thanks to generosity of our own alumni and donors who support the Vallecitos People of Color Fellowship Fund, we are able to offer needs based funding for people of color to attend retreat at Vallecitos.

Eligible Retreats: All retreats on our 2017 schedule are eligible except the UNM Veterans Retreats and The 5 Elements Accupuncturists Retreat.

Instructions for applying: ALL FELLOWSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY MORE APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.

  1. Please fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose Apply for a Scholarship as your payment method. Once you have submitted your registration, the thank you page will direct you back to this page.
  2. Please click here to fill out the online fellowship application for People of Color. If you do not apply within 5 days of submitting your registration, your retreat reservation may be released to another participant.
  3. We will contact you within 10 days of receiving both your registration and application. (If you have a balance, we will send you a statement reflecting the scholarship amount awarded, your remaining balance and due date.)

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