About This Center
Diamond Mountain is a Buddhist Retreat Center nestled in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains of South-Eastern Arizona. We are open to individual retreaters as well as group retreats of up to 150 people for a weekend, a week or more. Working with our sister organization Asian Classics Institute (ACI), we offer 6 large group retreats yearly. We also offer regular weekend ACI courses, volunteer opportunities and smaller group retreats throughout the year.
Our Retreat Valley, home to our 27 retreat cottages, has an average elevation of around 5,000 feet. We are blessed with a diversity of desert plants and wildlife due to our geographical location between the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts to the east and west and the Rocky and Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges to the north and south. As a result, all cottage offer unparalleled desert views and our night skies are full of more stars than you’ve ever seen.
Based on the teachings of karma, emptiness and bodhicitta, Diamond Mountain has naturally embraced the principles of Permaculture – take care of earth, take care of the people, and share the surplus- since our beginnings in 2003. As a result, most of our retreat cottages are off-the-grid and boast solar electricity, solar hot water and composting toilets.
Our Main Temple is made of adobe and the interior is finished with American Clay plaster. Adobe keeps the interior of our Temple cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The American Clay finish is pleasing to the eyes and heart and infuses the air with negative ions which help to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
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Venue HighlightsLocated in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona, we are surrounded by incredible natural beauty. The stillness and silence is unreal. Its the perfect place to unwind, relax and get into the rhythm with nature.
Our cottages were built with retreat in mind and are incredibly conducive to long solo retreats and deep spiritual work and healing. Our staff has years of retreat and meditation experience and are qualified to support and enhance your dharma, meditation and retreat experience.
Our cottages are available for individual retreat as well as group events.
We have several group meeting spaces available for rental. Our largest meeting space (Main Hall) is made of Adobe bricks, and finished with American Clay interior walls and cork floors. The Main Hall can accommodate up to 150 guests and has full AV capacity. We have 2 smaller group meeting spaces in our Retreat Valley. Tara Temple is nestled in a grove of trees near the historic Bear Springs and can accommodate up to 30 guests. Blue Sky Dome is our smallest and most rustic meeting space made of earth-bag and mud plaster it is the perfect environment for deep meditation and low-tech events. Located atop a hill Blue Sky Dome boasts the most spectacular views of our property.
AccommodationsMost of our Eco-friendly cottages retreat include 12-volt solar electricity, composting toilets and passive solar design which allows them to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. We have Standard, Economy and one Deluxe cottage available throughout most of the year.
All standard cottages include 12-volt solar electricity, a composting toilet, an indoor shower, a full kitchen and clean, running water. Some cottages have solar heated hot water while others have on-demand hot water systems.
All economy cottages include 12-volt solar electricity, a composting toilet, a full kitchen and clean, running water. Some cottages have solar heated hot water while others have on-demand hot water systems. Our economy cottages are more rustic in design and most have an outdoor shower.
Our deluxe cottage can house up to 5 people, has on-the-grid AC electricity, 2 flush toilets, an indoor shower, a full kitchen, on-demand hot water and clean, running water.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineOur kitchen can offer your group nutritionally balanced and nourishing vegetarian/ vegan meals to enhance your retreat experience with us. We offer teas throughout the day. Our chef will work closely with you to ensure that our menu meets and exceeds your expectations. For an additional fee we can provide smoothies and/ or fresh juices and specialty coffee drinks.
DirectionsWe are located 2 hours southeast of Tucson International Airport.
For visits of 1-7 days, renting a car from the airport and driving to our center is usually the most affordable option. For longer individual stays, we offer roundtrip shuttle service from Tucson Airport for $150 per person.
For groups of 3 or more, we can offer recommendations on local transportation companies to provide transportation for your group to our retreat center.