Seasonal Meditation Retreat
- Seasonal retreat sample schedule:
- 5:00 AM – Wake up bell
- 5:45 AM – Sitting meditation
- 6:45 AM – Exercise time
- 7:30 AM – Breakfast
- 9:00 AM – Working meditation
- 11:30 AM – Walking meditation
- 12:30 PM – Lunch
- 2:00 PM – Mindful rest period
- 3:00 PM – Class or meeting
- 4:30 PM – Walking or sitting and chanting meditation
- 6:00 PM – Light dinner
- 7:30 PM – Class or personal study time
- 9:30 PM – Noble silence
- 10:30 PM – Lights out and bedtime
About This Event
Seasonal retreats at Deer Park Monastery are available during many months of the year. Guests register to practice mindfulness with the community while following the daily schedule of the monastery. Accommodation options include a space in a dorm room or bringing your own tent to camp in our campgrounds. Depending on the availability of the specific arrival day, guests may apply to register for one week or two weeks. Seasonal retreats are residential retreats; therefore, commuting is not an option.
To support stability in our practice, we observe designated arrival and departure days. All seasonal retreats start on Friday afternoon with a check-in time between 2 and 4 PM. Seasonal retreats end on Friday at 9 AM. Please note that not all Fridays are arrival days. For availability, please see the list of currently available arrival dates below.
May 4: (1 week)
May 25: (1 week or 2 weeks)
June 1: (1 week or 2 weeks)
June 8: (1 week)
June 29: (1 week or 2 weeks)
July 6: (1 week)
July 27: (1 week)
August 17: (1 week or 2 weeks)
August 24: (1 week or 2 weeks)
August 31: (1 week)
Venue HighlightsThis 400-acre sanctuary rests peacefully in the chaparral mountains of southern California, surrounded and protected by oaks and the natural landscape. It was established in July 2000 by the Plum Village four-fold Sangha. Now, it is a safe and serene refuge for many practitioners to come and learn the art of mindful living and to practice with a community, a Sangha.
AccommodationsAccommodation available in either tents or dorm rooms
The dorm room lodging in Deer Park Monastery is simple with only shared rooms (up to six people per room). Rooms have a toilet, sink, and shower. Guests are provided with a mattress on bunk bed frames. Rooms are heated in the cooler times of the winter and air-conditioning is available during warmer times of the summer. During seasonal retreat, men reside in Solidity Hamlet; women reside in Clarity Hamlet; and couples and families reside in Solidity Hamlet.
Tenting is also available with toilets, sinks, and individual showers in the campground. Men, women, and couples are segregated into different areas of the campground, but specific locations cannot be reserved. You must bring your own tent and sleeping bag.
Tent– Adult $50/night | Teen $40/night | Child $25/night
6 Bed Dorm – Adult $60/night | Teen $50/night | Child $35/ night
3 Bed Dorm – Adult $70/night | Teen $60/night | Child $45/ night
To apply to register for a seasonal retreat, reserve one campground space or one dorm room space per person. Guests must provide their own tents for camping registrations. Currently, 3-bed dorms are only available for men and/or families during seasonal retreat.