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Compassion and Dispassion in Times of Volatility

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

August 15, 2020
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Experience a sense of deep welcome among others who share the path of dharma, mindfulness and awakening in wild nature.


Unplug and recharge among towering ponderosas, wildflower meadows, rushing streams and mountain vistas in an intimate group setting.


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Waking up in the wild

When you set aside daily obligations and go on retreat at Vallecitos you are reminded of the stillness and courage that reside as your deepest nature. Our practice as an organization, as well as our meditation retreats, reflect our deepest intention to make a difference in the world – to respond to the state of our times. It is through you that the qualities of kindness, wisdom and compassion come home and into your communities.


Awakening in wild nature at Vallecitos has the power to create lasting change. We are custodians of the land, inside and out. With intimate groups of less than forty guests at any one time, you are assured of attentive support from caring staff, teachers and volunteers.

I cannot express in words alone how important the retreat was for me. One of the most valuable lessons I learned is the importance of listening to my inner self. Vallecitos provided the necessary environment that makes it impossible not to go inward. When I returned home, I hit the ground running, but with a more focused direction. I attribute that to my stay at Vallecitos.

– Khalil Hassan

Upcoming Retreats

Dates Retreats Teachers Details Register
Open Dates Covid-19 Updates: Retreats, Online Sangha, and Events
August 15, 2020 Compassion and Dispassion in Times of Volatility With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
August 19 - 26, 2020 Waking up to Wisdom through the Foundations of Mindfulness With Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean
August 26 - September 1, 2020 The Wisdom of No Technology: Beyond our screens, the natural world and our deepest nature await. With Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner
September 1 - 6, 2020 At Home in Our Lives: A Meditation Retreat for People Who Identify as Men With Brian Lesage, Vinny Ferraro and Yong Oh