Covid-19 Response

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. So it probably won’t come as a surprise to you that we are cancelling all retreats on the land this season. It breaks our hearts, but we know that this decision is motivated by sila (ethical action).

 

Within the next few weeks registered and wait-listed folks will receive an email regarding your cancelled retreat. If you are experiencing financial hardship and need a refund immediately, please get in touch with Melissa at refuge@vallecitos.org. If you are in a position to donate all or a portion of your retreat fees to Vallecitos, we will graciously accept your support during this trying time.

 

We know there’s little we can do to support you from afar. Please accept these humble offerings as a gesture of our care:
  1. Join “Evening Dharma” with beloved Vallecitos teacher Brian Lesage on Sunday, May 31st at 5 Mountain / 4 Pacific / 7 Eastern.
  2. Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism: A Four Week Intensive for Practicing in Daily Life with Pamela Weiss, Tuere Sala and Jozen Gibson
  3. Awake in the Wild: A Supported Home Retreat with Mark Coleman and Christine Lustik
Thank you for being in this with us. Because of you, our beloved sangha, Vallecitos will weather this storm. Thank you for your practice, your support, and more than anything else, being there for one another.

 

Deep bows,
Erin Treat, Guiding Teacher
Jessica Denison, Executive Director

Updated: May 7th

Recently we made the tough choice to cancel retreats through June 27th. Sometimes it’s hard for me to hold these two truths… First, we can’t be on the land. And in the same breath, the land still holds us.

 

In my heart, I hold the land and, sometimes, I can feel the land of Vallecitos holding me. The land of the Ute and Jicarilla Peoples. The land that is home to so many beings that are coming alive this time of year – the herons, the osprey, the deer, elk and wild horses to name a few.

 

While we can’t be on the land, we can still come together for these upcoming online offerings.

 

“Evening Dharma” with beloved Vallecitos teacher Brian Lesage, Sunday, May 31st at 5 Mountain / 4 Pacific / 7 Eastern. Join the talk here.

 

Or, dial by your location:

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

Meeting ID: 835 9797 8525

 

Mark Coleman and Christine Lustik will be offering a 4-day Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature At Home retreat online from June 18th – 21st for those of you interested in a supported, home retreat. Details and Registration Here.

 

Wishing you, our beloved sangha, much peace and protection now and in the days to come.

 

Wild and deep blessings,

Jessica Denison, Executive Director

Updated: April 15

 

Thank you for your compassionate patience. I’ve felt your support while crafting a wise response to this unfolding crisis. 

 

Vallecitos is cancelling retreats on the land through June 27th. We are in conversation with each teaching team about offering alternatives. For some there may be an invitation for a radical pause. For some, it may look like a daylong, or even a home retreat. 

 

Within the next few weeks, registered and wait-listed folks will receive an email regarding your cancelled retreat. If you are experiencing financial hardship and need a refund immediately, please get in touch with Melissa at refuge@vallecitos.org. If you are in a position to donate all or a portion of your fees to Vallecitos, we will graciously accept your support during this trying time.

 

For alternative offerings open to the whole sangha, we’ll send you an email or you can check our website.

 

In the meantime, we are deeply grateful to share “Evening Dharma” with beloved Vallecitos teacher Sebene Selassie, April 26th at 5 Mountain / 4 Pacific / 7 Eastern. Sebene will be teaching from within her reality living in Brooklyn, New York during the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be an opportunity for hearing voices of the Vallecitos sangha and a short sit.

 

Dial by your location:
Meeting ID 947 0304 9937
    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
    +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
    +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
    +1 253 215 8782 US
    +1 301 715 8592 US
    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

 

In it with you,
Erin Treat, Guiding Teacher

 

PS: If you are looking for a practice opportunity, check out next week’s Spirit Rock online retreat with Vallecitos teachers Erin Treat, DaRa Williams, and Yong Oh – Connection, Compassion, and Courage in the Midst of the Global Pandemic

 


Updated: April 6th

As we face the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, we connect when we move in the direction of  practice, stability, and vulnerability. We are actively seeking out the latest public health advice, and consulting with our Board and other trusted advisors in preparation to modify the retreat schedule. We anticipate changes, but are not yet ready to make decisions.

For those of you registered (and on waitlists) for retreats, we will email you regarding the status of your retreat as we know more. We will also be posting updates on retreats, online dharma offerings, and events here.

We want to stay connected with you during this time. Stay tuned for more Wednesday Evening Dharma with Vallecitos teachers and sangha. Subscribe to our listserve to receive announcements.

Vallecitos is a place like no other. We exist to provide refuge that grounds you, connects you with Mother Earth, and supports liberation of body, heart, and mind. Retreats at Vallecitos are a vital support for the well-being of so many, and we want to ensure safety and health for all. Thank you for your support and your practice.

With gratitude,

Erin, Jessica, and the Vallecitos Team