Retreats

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

 

Covid-19 Updates: Retreats, Online Sangha, and Events

Open Dates
Updated: May 13 It’s a disorienting time. Many of you are concerned for your health and the wellbeing of your friends, (chosen) family, and communities. You’re still staying close to home and physically-distancing. Some of you are facing sickness and even death.   This…while state and federal governments are talking about “opening-up” again. Restarting the economy. All the while, human lives, particularly BIPOC, disabled, elderly, and immunocompromised folks, are hanging in the balance.   Know that all of us at Vallecitos, care for you.    And as a member of the wide, dispersed-to-the-wind Vallecitos sangha, you know the truth of interdependence.…

Awake in the Wild – A Meditation in Nature Retreat At Home

With Mark Coleman and Christine Lustik

June 18 - 21, 2020
On-Line
Given the Covid-19 restrictions on gathering, on this nature retreat you will receive teachings and guided nature meditation practices delivered throughout the days from Mark Coleman and Christine Lustik, via the platform Zoom. On this retreat you could be meditating in your garden, on your deck or in a safe space in […]
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Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism: A Four Week Intensive for Practicing in Daily Life

With Pamela Weiss, Tuere Sala and Jozen Gibson (Assistant)

June 21 - July 17, 2020
On-Line
Our world is on tilt. In these difficult, uncertain times, we are excited to offer this unique, practice opportunity. This four-week intensive will provide teachings, structure and community to support integrating spiritual practice into the fabric of daily life, work, family and relationships. In our time together, we will introduce myths and stories of Buddhist women who […]
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Deepening the Natural Path to the Heart’s Liberation: A Vipassana Retreat for Experienced Practitioners

With Erin Treat, Brian Lesage and Victoria Cary (Assistant)

June 28 - July 5, 2020
Join us in practicing the timeless teachings of the Buddha as a pathway to inner peace, freedom, and the compassionate heart. This retreat is designed to offer support for experienced practitioners in insight meditation, known as Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition, which has been a foundation of Buddhist teachings for 2,500 years. Inspired by the early Buddhist tradition […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Mindfulness in Education Retreat

With JoAnna Hardy and Erin Treat

July 12 - 17, 2020
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. […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Mindfulness and Depth Psychology: An Intensive Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

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

July 17 - 24, 2020
Many in our field have been studying mindfulness, compassion, and their clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Feeding the Heart Good Food: Cultivating Inner Compassion

With Susan Morgan, CNS, Bill Morgan, PsyD, Ron Siegel, PsyD and Chris Germer, PhD

July 24 - 29, 2020
On-Line
A central habit of the mind is to focus on the negative, the one thing not done well, the not good enough, the disappointing interaction, the grievance. This contributes to low grade, chronic, self-created stress that the Buddha called dukkha. He recommended that we learn to steer away from unwholesome mind states and cultivate wholesome ones. This was an essential[…]
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Cultivating Compassionate Presence: An Intensive Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, CNS and Chris Germer, PhD

July 24 - 31, 2020
Many in our field have been studying mindfulness, compassion, and their clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed, and awareness can begin to deepen[…]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

August 1 - 14, 2020
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. Yogis will be supported by […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Sacred Sound, Insight, and Silence: Meditation and Music in the Deep Woods

With Jennifer Berezan and Erin Treat

August 14 - 18, 2020
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[…]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Waking up to Wisdom through the Foundations of Mindfulness

With Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean

August 19 - 26, 2020
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. […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

The Wisdom of No Technology: Beyond our screens, the natural world and our deepest nature await.

With Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner

August 26 - September 1, 2020
While trying to give the best to our work and personal lives, we often find ourselves facing a tangle of unrelenting demands compounded by 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, […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

At Home in Our Lives: A Meditation Retreat for People Who Identify as Men

With Brian Lesage, Vinny Ferraro and Yong Oh

September 1 - 6, 2020
Join us for this precious opportunity to wake up in a way that is transformative for ourselves, our communities and our world. It is indeed rare to be in a small group of men dedicated to exploring our cultural inheritance. What can we let go of? What will we pass on? Can we remember our birthright of living with an undefended heart? […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman and Susie Harrington

September 12 - 19, 2020
On this retreat we will meditate outdoors all day in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos. 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 retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Sacred Mountain Sangha Dharmapala Training

With Thanissara and Kittisaro

September 20 - 26, 2020
**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. This Buddhist based two-year program of seven week-long module […]
Closed Training

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 5-day Training

With Kristy Arbon and Megan Prager

September 27 - October 2, 2020
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 […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19

Drinking from the Inner River: A Meditation Retreat for People Who Identify as Women

With Erin Treat and Anne Cushman

October 3 - 7, 2020
Nourish your wild spirit and reconnect with your own deepest nature in an embodied meditation retreat specifically designed to honor the unique needs and treasures of a woman’s journey. In the company of rushing rivers, clear ponds, abundant wildlife, and ancient ponderosa pines, we’ll reunite with our bodies, our hearts, and our own innate wholeness, compassion, and intuitive wisdom […]
Cancelled Due to Covid-19