Discover a Deeper Way of Living Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers a retreat for almost everyone. Our schedule carries a...
  • Casita ($700) & Teacher Fee ($400) – $1,100.00
  • Yurt ($700) & Teacher Fee ($400) – $1,100.00
  • Tent Cabin ($575) & Teacher Fee ($400) – $975.00
  • Hermitage ($1,375) and Teacher Fee ($400) – $1,775.00

Date & Time Details: Check-in is from 3:00-5:00 on the first day of the retreat. The retreat will close mid-morning on the last day of the retreat. (Learn more)

PRICE: There are three fixed rates for this retreat: $975 for Tent Cabin, $1100 for Casita or Yurt, and $1,775 for the Hermitage Cabin. This includes lodging, meals, and teacher fee; it does not include optional add-on items. Scholarships are available, see below. (Learn more)

SHUTTLE SERVICE: Shuttle Service is available for this retreat. (Learn more)

NOBLE SILENCE: This retreat will be held in noble silence. (Learn more)

SCHOLARSHIP / FELLOWSHIP AVAILABILITY: Scholarships are available on a limited basis for Hemera, BIPOC, and Needs Based. (Learn more)

SAFETY: We are committed to providing a safe environment for gathering. We have created multiple precautions to hold our time together. (Learn more)

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Mindfulness in Education Retreat

With Erin Treat and Kate Munding

July 21 - 26, 2023

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 this very special silent mindfulness meditation retreat for educators. Each day will include instructions for sitting and walking meditation as well as talks by the teachers. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers, and meetings with the teachers. In a spectacular wild environment, we will work with mindfulness and compassion practices to nurture presence both inside and outside of the classroom.

Please note that this is a silent meditation retreat. It is not a workshop. The last afternoon will be focused on skills used in the classroom to teach from a place of mindful presence.

COVID Safety Measures: Please review our current COVID Safety Measures, which are subject to change. We are creating this web page in January and retreats will not begin until late May. We very much understand how much things can change between now and the start of our retreat season.  Our Medical Committee is actively and regularly updating our protocols. 


Erin Treat
Erin’s love for wild nature, her passionate commitment to serving collective liberation, and decades of working as a bodyworker are all palpable in her Dharma. Erin is Guiding Teacher at both Vallecitos and the Durango Dharma Center, and is a Core Teacher at Spirit Rock.  She served as core faculty of the sixth Community Dharma Leaders (CDL) Program, and is a graduate of Thanissara and Kitissaro’s Dhammapala Training, designed to bring forth an embodied bodhisattva ideal within the lineage of Theravada Buddhism. Erin was born and raised in the prairie of Fargo, North Dakota to a family of Irish and British heritage.…
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Kate Munding
Kate Munding sits on Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Guiding Teacher Council and is the guiding teacher for Assaya Sangha, a women’s Buddhist meditation community based in the San Francisco East Bay. In addition to her Dharma teaching, Kate has been a mindfulness educator in schools since 2008. She has developed multiple mindfulness curriculums for the classroom and provided professional training to thousands of educators and mindfulness teachers who want to bring mindfulness-based curricula to kids. Kate’s current focus is now on bringing mindfulness to parents and educators raising neurodivergent children. When she’s not teaching, Kate loves being mom to her…
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