Impermanent Sangha Retreats
Meaningful Challenge Living and meditating in nature can be beautiful and relaxing, and it can also become difficult. While the physical requirements of these outdoor retreats are fairly easy, we can be 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.
Integrative Practice These retreats include plenty of formal sitting meditation 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.
Deep Sangha (Community) Each participant has an important role in supporting the function, comfort and safety of their retreat Sangha. Daily jobs are an expression of caring through work, everyone taking care of and being taken care of. This creates a field of safety, connection and love.
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
Low Cost Most meditation retreats cost around $150 per day, plus teacher Dana (donations). Impermanent Sangha retreats cost much less, and we make them as affordable as possible. Our intention is to not have cost be an impediment to meditation retreat practice, and scholarships of up to 50% are available if needed (see information on each nature retreat for details).
Enjoyment The more you enjoy meditation practice the more of it you'll do. Camping and meditating outdoors in nature, in beautiful places, relaxed and open, silent and deep, with a close knit group, can be as good as it gets.
Intimate Groups The small group size of our nature and wilderness retreats allows you to get to know everyone, and for personal, deep teacher contact and Dharma (spiritual practice) guidance. Frequent meetings with teachers, time for Q&A, and everyone living together all help create dynamic relationships between participants and teacher, which foster connection, growth and insight.
Eco-Dharma We face challenges to our climate, our environment, our planet, and our long term survival. Our retreats foster a deeper connection with inner and outer nature, which leads naturally to a motivation for appropriate responses. We work together to learn and practice how wise and compassionate actions can become an integral part of our spiritual path.
All Experience Levels Welcome While some participants have a great deal of meditation and/or camping experience, for others this may be their first meditation retreat. Either way full support and instructions are given. For any specific requirements see individual retreat information.
Living and Practicing Outdoors A natural wilderness setting gives us powerful support for deep practice. Meditating together at sunrise and sunset, hiking during the day, and Dharma talks/discussions around the campfire at night, are all highlights of these meditation retreats. Complete instructions and guidance are given on meditating in nature sitting, walking, hiking, and how to take the natural world in and merge into oneness.