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


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 10th 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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