Discover a Deeper Way of Living Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers a retreat for almost everyone. Our schedule carries a...
  • Casita Supporting Rate – $1,375.00
  • Casita Actual Rate – $1,095.00
  • Casita Base Rate – $990.00
  • Yurt Supporting Rate – $1,375.00
  • Yurt Actual Rate – $1,095.00
  • Yurt Base Rate – $990.00
  • Hermitage – $2,005.00

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: We offer a sliding scale structure. Scholarships are available, see below. Prices for this retreat range from $990-$2,005 (not including optional add-on items). (Learn more)

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

NOBLE SILENCE: This is not a silent retreat. There will be periods of noble silence. Please see retreat description.

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

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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 the roots of perception and inspiration.

During early morning sits, extended day saunters, and quiet explorations, we will find the path back to what truly guides our lives. We’ll pack lunches and head out from the lodge to spend full days, unhurried, in spacious meadows beside the crystal clear Vallecitos River, in forests, among elk, wild horses, and giant pines. Together we’ll sharpen our senses, expand our awareness, and engage with this remote landscape by reveling in its mysteries and learning about its natural history. We will also take time for quiet observation, writing (with pen and paper!), and relishing languorous time alone.

In the evenings we’ll enjoy delicious meals and relaxed conversation as we hear from each other and explore what manifests when we take time away from the demands and over-stimulation of contemporary life. Guided by the depths of the night sky and the peace of a pristine mountain valley we rediscover our extraordinary senses.

Let the late spring alchemy of New Mexico’s wild Tusas Mountains guide and restore your inspired self.

This is not a silent Buddhist retreat. Periods of silence and solo time balance with engaging conversation as we consider the revitalizing and creative possibilities that arise when free from our high-tech tools and toys and the clamor of our busy lives.

This rare “time out” is open to all professionals, creatives, students, artists, and educators. Disconnect from your devices and reconnect.  Join us for the 10th annual Wisdom of No Technology retreat.


COVID Safety Measures: Please review our current COVID Safety Measures, which are subject to change.


Don Usner
Don J. Usner, a thirteenth-generation New Mexican, grew up in one of North America’s most striking natural and cultural landscapes, where he developed a passion for the natural world and for diverse cultures. He studied Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Usner’s affinity for photography was greatly nurtured there and during his subsequent tenure on an ecological reserve in Big Sur, where he lived and co-authored his first book, The Natural History of Big Sur. Don returned to New Mexico to earn an M.A. in Cultural Geography and to write Sabino’s Map: Life in…
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Dyanna Taylor
Dyanna Taylor has co-led media/film and unplugged retreats for twelve years and for the last eight co-led the Wisdom of No Technology retreats at Vallecitos.  A film director and veteran cinematographer for 39 years, she brings a uniquely personal angle for guiding this retreat.  The combination of her career in the film business with its personal and creative demands, her twenty nine year Buddhist practice, a year alone in an off-the-grid cabin on California’s coast and varied powerful wilderness experiences becomes the inspiration for this retreat.  Dyanna’s accomplishments on hundreds of films for clients in features, documentaries, and television garnered…
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