Winter Half Dathün

December 19, 2021–January 2, 2022

Tuition $0 + 14 nights

This program has been changed to The Art of Meditation: A Weeklong Retreat-   Dec 19 – Dec 26, 2021.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Dathün (Tibetan for “month session”) is a month-long group meditation retreat led by a senior teacher. Join us in the pristine stillness of winter in the mountains for a period of deep meditation in community. Let yourself be supported by the beauty of the natural world and the kindness of fellow meditators in group retreat, making the ideal conditions to settle the mind and open the heart.

Meditating in the Sacred Studies Hall

This retreat time will be an immersive experience into mindfulness and awareness. In the meditation hall we will practice sitting and walking meditation, and have guided meditations and dharma talks from senior teachers. We will have periods of silence and eat meals in a contemplative style. Our practices will also go beyond the meditation hall and use every aspect of daily life in retreat as an opportunity to wake up and connect with the world around us. We will bring this mindfulness into light chores that support the retreat.

You may come for the full two-week session or one week. For the full two weeks, continue on this page. For one week, select one of the options below.

See the difference a meditation retreat can make:  these before and after photos speak volumes! Give yourself the precious gift of retreat.

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Practice Includes

  • Sitting meditation interspersed with walking meditation
  • One-on-one meditation instruction
  • Guided meditations
  • Dharma talks from senior teachers
  • Periods of silence
  • Contemplative meals

Sample Daily Schedule

6:30am Wake up

7:00am Early Morning Practice Session

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Morning Practice Session

12:30pm Lunch (Contemplative-style Meal)

1:30pm Work Period

3:00pm Afternoon Practice Session

4:00pm Tea Break

4:30pm Late Afternoon Practice Session

6:30pm Dinner (Contemplative-style Meal)

7:30pm Evening Practice Session

9:00pm End of Day

Heart Gift

Toward the end of your retreat you will be asked if you would like to make a heart gift to the teacher(s). In Shambhala and other wisdom cultures, people often make heart gifts to those who have made receiving precious teachings possible. The heart gift is purely optional and based on personal inspiration and gratitude. The amount is not important, just your inspiration to give, connect, and explore the cycles of generosity and offering. Gifts can be made by cash, check or paypal. 

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

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Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. Your program will end with breakfast on the last day. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.