Retreats

Discover a Deeper Way of Living Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers a retreat for almost everyone. Our schedule carries a...

Discover a Deeper Way of Living

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers a retreat for almost everyone. Our schedule carries a generous offering of Insight Meditation Retreats, retreats that invite participants to consciously explore their experience of wild nature, and retreats that are designed for specific populations.  On our schedule you will find retreats for educators, people of color, women, men, and mental health professionals, to name a few.  We are here to help you find a retreat that is right for you.

“I am so much more aware of the path I want to be on and the power of the sacred in my life.”
– Cristina Mormorunni

 

Upcoming Offerings 

 


The Wisdom of No Technology: Beyond Our Screens, the Natural World and Our Deepest Nature Await

With Don Usner and Dyanna Taylor

May 26 - June 2, 2024
While trying to give the best to our work and personal lives, we often find ourselves facing unrelenting demands and the distraction of technological devices that hijack our attention. This retreat offers a pause—breathing space—and a chance to turn away from our computers, cameras, and not-so-smart phones, to recharge our capacity to create, and return to […]
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Awake in the Wild: Opening to the Wisdom and Wonder of Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman and Kirsten Rudestam

June 3 - 10, 2024
This retreat will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. This retreat is grounded in […]
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Dharma, Intimacy, and Ecology: Finding the Path in Every Step

With Brian Lesage, Molly McCormick and Robin Craig

June 11 - 18, 2024
The Buddhist path is about unhooking our habitual ways of being in the world. One of these habitual patterns is the experience of being disconnected from the environment, which cultivates a sense of not belonging. We will be exploring ways of practicing that reconnect us with the natural world through the lenses of ecology and the early Buddhist tradition. […]
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Application for Coming Home to Nature: A BIPOC Community Dhamma Retreat

With Victoria Cary, Louije Kim and René Rivera

June 19 - 26, 2024
A monk, having gone to the forest, to the foot of a tree or to an empty place, sits down with legs crossed, keeps the body erect and mindfulness alert. This is an instruction of the Buddha that points to a supportive condition for practice. A condition which is easily met in the beautiful mountain wilderness of Vallecitos among the Aspens and the Ponderosa Pines. […]
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Mindfulness in Education Retreat

With Erin Treat and Bonnie Duran

June 27 - July 2, 2024
Mindfulness meditation offers powerful antidotes to school-related stressors and is a support for compassionate engagement inside and outside the classroom. Retreat practice can cultivate practices of presence in body, heart, and mind in a way of responding to oneself and also to the larger suffering of our communities and our world. Please join us for […]
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Cultivating Focused Attention: An Intensive Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS and Ron Siegel, PsyD

July 2 - 9, 2024
Focused attention, or concentration (samadhi, in Pali) is the weakest link in practice for most meditators. This is no surprise given our cultural penchant for multi-tasking and the accelerating speed and quantity of sensory stimulation in which we are immersed. Nonetheless, in many meditative traditions, concentration is seen as a prerequisite for […]
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Application for Land as Dharma Teacher (July)

With Erin Treat and Brian Lesage

July 10 - 17, 2024
Join us in an exploration of Dharma through connection with the land of Vallecitos. This retreat is designed to offer support for experienced practitioners in insight meditation (Vipassana). When we have an established foundation in Dharma practice, we can open to discovering new ways of perceiving. As the understanding of classical Dharma deepens even further[…]
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Natural Awareness and Wisdom: Exploring Mindfulness in Nature

With Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean

July 18 - 24, 2024
During this retreat we will explore the Four Foundations of Mindfulness with an emphasis on developing continuity of wise awareness as taught by Burmese master Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Instructions will emphasize the Buddha’s teachings on view, attitude and qualities of mind that support a relaxed and alert awareness throughout all activities. […]
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Application for Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together

With Erin Treat, Solwazi Johnson and Louije Kim

July 25 - 30, 2024
This retreat emerged from the relationship between its teachers as a result of many years of being together in dharma practice, teaching, and spiritual friendship. And this retreat invites the participants into relationship — with themselves, each other, the land, and all beings everywhere without exception. Awakening from the delusion of separation through practice and […]
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Application for Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

August 1 - 15, 2024
During this intensive silent retreat, participants will learn to develop their heart’s capacity for liberatory clarity and pervasive tenderness with a unique integration of Vipassana (insight) and Metta (lovingkindness) practices. Michele and Jesse are enthusiastic about supporting practitioners with a depth of both technical rigor and spacious ease. Guests will be supported by […]
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Application for Land as Dharma Teacher (August)

With Erin Treat and Brian Lesage

August 16 - 23, 2024
Join us in an exploration of Dharma through connection with the land of Vallecitos. This retreat is designed to offer support for experienced practitioners in insight meditation (Vipassana). When we have an established foundation in Dharma practice, we can open to discovering new ways of perceiving. As the understanding of classical Dharma deepens even further[…]
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Listening at Ease: Discovering Refuge in Nature

With Yong Oh and Devin Berry

August 24 - 31, 2024
Refuge supports trust, simplicity, rest, and connection. It is the ground for our awakening. Through meditative practice and inquiry, we will listen in and attune, intimately deepening relationship with ourselves, the land at Vallecitos and each other. Within the intimacy of that relationship, we can be held and supported in coming to know more profoundly […]
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Application for Restoring Connection: A LGBTQIA2S+ Community Dhamma Retreat in Nature

With Victoria Cary, René Rivera and Kuan Luo (Trainee)

September 1 - 7, 2024
Join us for a six-night silent retreat in LGBTQIA2S+ community on the beautiful land of Vallecitos. Supported by the natural world, the Dhamma, practice and each other, we will reconnect with our belonging and essential goodness as LGBTQIA2S+ people. We will ground in the elements as a way to understand our nature and wholeness. […]

Recognizing Ourselves as Part of Nature: Buddhist Liberation Practices for the Deepest Healing

With JD Doyle and Shelly Graf

September 8 - 14, 2024
In this six-night retreat, we will explore mindfulness of the body through the four elements of earth, air, water and fire, reminding us that we are not separate from but always in relationship to the natural world. Our sensitive bodies and sensitive hearts always belong to nature. This retreat will be grounded in contemplative practices of mindfulness and compassion […]
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Cultivating Embodied Insight and Intuitive Wisdom

With JD Doyle and Leslie Booker

September 15 - 22, 2024
During this week-long silent mindfulness meditation retreat, we will learn to pay attention with an embodied knowing that leads to intuitive wisdom. We will practice loving embodiment as we cultivate attending to each moment with mindfulness. Being immersed in the natural world, we’ll attune to nature within ourselves and around us. This practice allows […]
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Awake in the Wild: Opening to Beauty, Joy, and Wisdom in Nature

With Mark Coleman and bruni dávila

September 23 - 30, 2024
This retreat will be spent meditating entirely outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. This silent is grounded in […]
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Sacred Sound, Insight, and Silence: Meditation and Music in the Deep Woods

With Jennifer Berezan and Erin Treat

October 2 - 6, 2024
The retreat will combine two ancient spiritual practices — meditation and music — as a path to opening one’s heart and uncovering one’s true nature. There will be guided instruction in the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation and dharma practice, including periods of sitting and walking meditation in silence. Woven throughout the meditation practice, participants will […]
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Application for Being Blessed by the Land of Vallecitos: Gently Held Self-Retreat

With Anne Cushman and Carole Melkonian

October 6 - 13, 2024
We invite you to be our guest at Vallecitos this fall for self-retreat time on the land gently held by our beloved visiting teachers, Anne Cushman and Carole Melkonian. Please join us to connect with your practice alongside the depth and magic of the land. We are offering you the simple experience of being on the land, using our facilities, receiving three nutritious meals a day along with […]