Scholarships

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center has long been grounded in the tradition of generosity. Vallecitos is excited to offer multiple opportunities for financial assistance and are committed to helping those who are genuinely unable to afford the cost of a meditation retreat. We ask those who need assistance to pay the highest amount you can reasonably afford so that we may support others in their needs as well.

Due to limited resources, we recommend that you apply for financial assistance as early as possible. Please know that we will do our best to help and that our funds are finite so we cannot guarantee that every application will result in a scholarship.

*Please note that financial assistance does not cover transportation costs, dana, or optional retreat costs such as comfort pack  reservations. If you plan to attend a dana based retreat (see registration form for this information), please plan accordingly to have the ability to offer generosity at the end of your retreat to support our teachers, who receive no other financial compensation for dana-based retreats.


Instructions for Applying:  We will begin taking applications January 2020.

  1. Review our scholarship page in its entirety to be sure you choose the appropriate scholarship or fellowship for you.
  2. Fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose “Apply for a Scholarship” as your payment option. (You will NOT need to make a payment at the time of registration).
  3. Fill out the appropriate scholarship / fellowship application below.
  4. Your application will NOT be reviewed until we have received BOTH your retreat registration and your fellowship / scholarship application.
  5. We will contact all applicants within two weeks of receiving both registration and application. Please note your retreat registration is not guaranteed until your application has been reviewed. If your scholarship is approved and there is a balance owed, your deposit of 50% of that amount will complete your registration. If you receive a full scholarship, a written acceptance is required to complete your registration. If your application is not approved, you may still secure your spot by paying a 50% deposit.

2020 Scholarship Opportunities 

Hemera Contemplative Fellowships – To be announced January 2020

Fellowships for People of Color  – To be announced January 2020

VMRC Needs Based Scholarships – To be announced January 2020

 

Hemera Contemplative Fellowships

In an interconnected world, a contemplative practice creates the space for self-awareness that promotes personal well-being and a compassionate connection to self, community and nature.

The Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Program was created to make the unique benefits of a sitting contemplative practice in a retreat context more widely available. Fellowships are available to anyone with a commitment of service – a deep desire to devote oneself to serving others through their work. Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older and working full-time in their profession.

Examples of eligible fellows (must be full-time):

  • Educators: pre-K through college.
  • School administrators and staff: principals, guidance counselors, advisors, nurses, librarians and school safety officers.
  • Health care professionals: physicians, nurses, orderlies, medical technicians, dentists, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, chaplains, medical school students and hospice staff.
  • Artists: full-time visual, performance, writers, multi-disciplinary artists
  • First responders: police, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, disaster response teams.
  • Military: active duty, reservists and veterans.
  • Others:
    • public defenders, legal aid attorneys, victim advocates, human rights advocates;
    • employees working for any 501(3)(c) non-profit organization or private foundation;
    • employees working in direct human services (government or private). Examples include health and human services, child protective services, workforce development.

Levels of Support:

  • Those who are new to meditation, have never attended a retreat longer than two nights or are new to this center are eligible for 75% support.
  • Those with previous meditation retreat experience are eligible for 50% support.
  • Those in financial need are eligible for 100% support.
  • Financial support is limited to one fellowship per individual per calendar year.
  • Fellowships are available on a first-come, first-served basis based on eligibility.

Eligible Retreats: To be announced

Instructions for applying: 

    1. Review our scholarship page in its entirety to be sure you choose the appropriate scholarship or fellowship for you.
    2. Fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose “Apply for a Scholarship” as your payment option. (You will NOT need to make a payment at the time of registration).
    3. Hemera Applicants Please Click Here (will open January 2020) to fill out the online scholarship application. Please note that you will be taken to a different web site to fill out this application directly with Hemera. There is a $5 application fee and you will be asked to create and account to apply.
    4. Your application will NOT be reviewed until we have received BOTH your retreat registration and your fellowship application.
    5. We will contact all applicants within two weeks. Please note your retreat registration is not guaranteed until your application has been reviewed. If your scholarship is approved and there is a balance owed, your deposit of 50% of that amount will complete your registration. If you receive a full scholarship, a written acceptance is required to complete your registration. If your application is not approved, you may still secure your spot by paying a 50% deposit.

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VMRC Needs-Based Scholarships 

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and donors, we are able to provide some financial assistance to those who truly could not otherwise afford a meditation retreat. To allow us to award as many scholarships as possible, please ONLY apply for this Scholarship if you do not qualify for any of the other scholarship or fellowship opportunities.

Eligible Retreats: To be announced

Instructions for Applying:

  1. Review our scholarship page in its entirety to be sure you choose the appropriate scholarship or fellowship for you. (please only apply for this scholarship if you do not qualify for any of the other scholarship or fellowship opportunities.)
  2. Fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose “Apply for a Scholarship” as your payment option. (You will NOT need to make a payment at the time of registration).
  3. VMRC Needs Based Applicants Please Click Here (will open January 2020) to fill out the online scholarship application.
  4. Your application will NOT be reviewed until we have received BOTH your retreat registration and your fellowship application.
  5. We will contact all applicants within two weeks. Please note your retreat registration is not guaranteed until your application has been reviewed. If your scholarship is approved and there is a balance owed, your deposit of 50% of that amount will complete your registration. If you receive a full scholarship, a written acceptance is required to complete your registration. If your application is not approved, you may still secure your spot by paying a 50% deposit.

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Fellowships for People of Color

  • Thanks to the generosity of our own alumni and donors who support the Vallecitos People of Color Fellowship Fund, we are able to offer needs based funding for people of color to attend retreat at Vallecitos.
  • To allow us to award as many scholarships as possible, please ONLY apply for this Scholarship if you do not qualify for any of the other scholarship or fellowship opportunities.

Eligible Retreats: To be announced

Instructions for applying: 

  1. Review our scholarship page in its entirety to be sure you choose the appropriate scholarship or fellowship for you. (Please only apply for this scholarship if you do not qualify for any of the other scholarship or fellowship opportunities.)
  2. Fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend first! Choose “Apply for a Scholarship” as your payment option. (You will NOT need to make a payment at the time of registration).
  3. POC Applicants Please Click Here (will open January 2020) to fill out the online scholarship application.
  4. Your application will NOT be reviewed until we have received BOTH your retreat registration and your fellowship application.
  5. We will contact all applicants within two weeks. Please note your retreat registration is not guaranteed until your application has been reviewed. If your scholarship is approved and there is a balance owed, your deposit of 50% of that amount will complete your registration. If you receive a full scholarship, a written acceptance is required to complete your registration. If your application is not approved, you may still secure your spot by paying a 50% deposit.

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