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 as well as secular retreats that cater to specific populations.  On our schedule you will find retreats for educators, people of color, women, men, and substance abuse 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


Belonging, Connection and Nature: Coming Home Together

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

June 27 - July 2, 2019
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 […]
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Meditation Retreat for People of Color

With Bonnie Duran, Sebene Selassie and Jeff Haozous

July 3 - 10, 2019
In many traditions, people journey into the wilderness for contemplation and purification. How often do we have the opportunity to connect to our deepest intentions and to experience spiritual renewal? Taking place at 9,000 feet in beautiful meadowland in New Mexico, the Vallecitos People of Color Retreat is designed to offer and support a practical […]
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Awake in the Wild: Summer Meditation in Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman and Victoria (Tory) Capron

July 14 - 20, 2019
This retreat will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch. 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.
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The Natural Path to the Heart’s Liberation: A Silent Vipassana Retreat in the Forest

With Erin Treat and Brian LeSage

July 21 - 27, 2019
Join us to practice the timeless teachings of the Buddha as a pathway to discover inner peace, freedom, and the compassionate heart.  This retreat is designed to offer and support a practical introduction to insight meditation, known as Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition.  Insight meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and […]
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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 5-day Training

With Kristy Arbon and Megan Prager

July 28 - August 2, 2019
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, PhD, and integrated with the clinical perspective of Chris Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding.[…]
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Waking up to Wisdom through the Foundations of Mindfulness

With Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean

August 2 - 8, 2019
During this 7-day Insight meditation retreat, we will learn to develop a greater sense of presence and ease through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma. Focusing on the practices of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Metta (Lovingkindness), we’ll discover emotional balance and begin to free ourselves into the heart of wisdom and compassion.
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Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

August 9 - 18, 2019
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 yogis with a depth of both technical rigor and spacious ease.[…]
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Sacred Sound, Insight and Silence: Meditation and Music in the Deep Woods

With Jennifer Berezan and Erin Treat

August 19 - 23, 2019
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 engage in a wide […]
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Cultivating an Inner Holding Environment: An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, CNS and Ron Siegel, PsyD

August 24 - 31, 2019
We are pleased to offer the eighth annual mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals and caregivers at Vallecitos. Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues.
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Trusting in the Natural Process of Body, Heart & Mind

With Alexis Santos and Sebene Selassie

September 2 - 8, 2019
In this retreat, we will have a week to explore cultivating ease and natural awareness. Alexis will be bringing his years of study and practice with Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Sebene will be bringing an orientation to embodied awareness that emphasizes our profound connection to land and nature. There will be periods of formal practice both indoors and on group hikes while
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Sacred Mountain Sangha Dharmapala Training

With Thanissara and Kittisaro

September 8 - 14, 2019
**This is a closed retreat, available only for program participants.** We live in profoundly disruptive times where radical personal and collective solutions, rooted in transformation of consciousness, are needed to safely navigate perilous terrains, avoid a collapse of cohesive society, and mitigate the impact of ecocide.

Meditation, Nature, and Awakening

With Peter Williams, Chas DiCapua and JD Doyle (Assistant)

September 20 - 26, 2019
This retreat engages two powerful forces for happiness – insight meditation and immersion in nature. Insight meditation has been the key practice for accessing the profound wisdom of the Buddhist tradition for 2500 years. It is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma and, above all, its results.
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Awake in the Wild: “Embracing Change” Meditation in Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman and Dorthe Djernis

September 26 - October 2, 2019
On this retreat we will meditate outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.  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 […]
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The Wisdom of No Technology

With Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner

October 2 - 9, 2019
This retreat offers us a chance to disconnect from our devices and pressures, recharge our capacity to create, remember our unique gifts and return to the roots of perception and inspiration. While trying to give the best to our work and personal lives, we find ourselves facing a tangle of unrelenting demands compounded by the […]
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