Why Join an Impermanent Sangha Retreat in Nature and Wilderness
Born in the woods, enlightened in the woods,
In the woods he passed away.
The Buddha to his followers said,
“Be sure to practice in the forest wild.”
-- Vitaka Vinaya
Intimate GroupsSmall groups allow you to get to know everyone, and for personal, deep teacher contact and Dharma guidance. Frequent meetings with teachers, time for Q&A, and living in close proximity all help create dynamic relationships between participants and teacher, which foster connection, growth and insight.
Deep Sangha (Community)Each participant has an important role in supporting the function, comfort and safety of the Sangha. Daily jobs are an expression of caring through work, everyone taking care of and being taken care of by everyone. This creates a field of safety, connection and love.
Living and Practicing Outdoors Nature gives us powerful support for deep practice. Meditating together at sunrise and sunset, hiking or paddling during the day, and dharma talks/discussions around the campfire at night, are all highlights of these retreats. Complete instructions and guidance are given on meditating in nature (sitting, walking, hiking, and paddling on the canoe retreat), and how to take the natural world in and merge into oneness.
Integrative Practice These retreats include plenty of formal practice, but there is also a strong emphasis on bringing continuous mindfulness to each moment of activity, making them excellent training in how to become more mindful in our everyday lives.
Meaningful Challenge Being in nature can be beautiful and relaxing, and it can also become difficult. While the physical requirements of these retreats are fairly easy, we are exposed to a variety of conditions; weather, topography, the elements, physical needs, equipment, decisions, etc., that can be challenging. Working together and dealing with whatever comes up, moment by moment, is great learning and practice, and also quite bonding.
EnjoymentThe more you enjoy practice the more of it you'll do. Camping outdoors in nature, in beautiful places, relaxed and open, silent and deep, with a close knit group, can be as good as it gets.
All Experience Levels Welcome While some participants have a great deal of meditation and/or camping experience, for others this may be their first retreat. Either way full support and instructions are given. For any specific requirements see individual retreat information.
Low Cost Most indoor meditation retreats cost $125 to $150 per day, plus teacher Dana. These retreats cost a lot less, as we make them as affordable as possible. Our intention is to not have cost be an impediment to retreat practice, and scholarships of up to 50% are available if needed (see information on each retreat for details).