Visiting Teachers

Dyanna Taylor

Dyanna Taylor has co-led media/film and unplugged retreats for eleven years and for the last seven co-led the Wisdom of No Technology retreats at Vallecitos.  A film director and veteran cinematographer for 38 years, she brings a uniquely personal angle for guiding this retreat.  The combination of her career in the film business with its personal and creative demands, her twenty-eight year Buddhist practice, and varied powerful wilderness experiences becomes the inspiration for this retreat.  Dyanna’s accomplishments on hundreds of films for clients in features, documentaries, and television garnered her the MUSE lifetime achievement award from New York Women in Film and Television, a Peabody, and three daytime Emmys.  Her film Vanished!! explores our relationship with memory while we encounter the natural world.  Her film for PBS American Masters:  Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning premiered August 2014 and is touring nationally.

Events with Dyanna Taylor

The Wisdom of No Technology
October 2, 2019

While trying to give the best to our work and personal lives, we find ourselves facing a tangle of unrelenting demands compounded by the pace of technology.  This retreat offers a pause—breathing space—a chance to disconnect from our devices and pressures, to remember our unique gifts, recharge our capacity to create, and return to the roots of perception and inspiration. During early morning sits, extended day saunters and quiet explorations, we will find the path back to what truly guides our lives.  With a packed lunch, we will head out from the lodge to spend full days, unhurried, in spacious…