Day of Mindfulness
- Deer Park Monastery
- 2499 Melru Ln, Escondido, California 92026, USA
- Suggested Donation $10- $20
Enjoy a day of mindfulness and peace!
On many Sundays, Deer Park welcomes visitors to practice with us for a Day of Mindfulness. Please check our Calendar to confirm that the monastery will host a Day of Mindfulness on the date you wish to visit. Once the date is confirmed, you just show up. We do not take reservations for Days of Mindfulness.
If you are planning to come for the first time, we would like to ask you to read this introduction to the practice of mindfulness here at Deer Park. You can also listen to a 30 minute introduction to the practice of mindfulness on our Deer Park Dharma Cast.
Please note: the monastery gate will be open from 8 AM to 4 PM on Days of Mindfulness and will be closed to visitors outside of these times.
We do not take registration for Days of Mindfulness, but please contact us in advance if you are planning to come with a group of twenty or more people.
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.
SchedulePlease arrive by 8:45 AM, park in the main parking lot, and make your way to the Ocean of Peace Meditation Hall. If you arrive early, feel free to enjoy a cup of tea in the dining hall, the building one level up from the meditation hall.
9:00 AM – Outdoor Walking Meditation
Walking meditation is a practice of walking together and being present with each step. We walk with freedom and solidity, no longer in a hurry, allowing our body and mind to be calm.
10:00 AM – Dharma Talk
A Dharma Talk is a teaching about meditation and well-being.
11:30 AM – Dharma Sharing or Ceremony
On the first Sunday of each month, we usually include a Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, on the third Sunday, we usually include a Recitation of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, and on the second and fifth Sundays, we usually include Dharma Sharing.
12:30 PM – Mindful Lunch
Eating a silent meal together can be a meditative practice. We establish ourselves in the present moment and practice eating with a sense of peace, ease, and gratitude.
1:30 PM – Bookshop Opens
2:00 PM – Deep Relaxation Meditation
Menu/CuisineFood is included with your registration fee. For every full day, there are three vegetarian, and generally vegan, meals per day. Unfortunately, we are limited in our capacity to accommodate people who have special dietary or medical needs. For those staying in Solidity Hamlet, a small community refrigerator is available in Solidity Hamlet Tearoom.
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.