2014 – 15 Meditation Retreat Schedule

When retreats are full, or only accepting waitlist applications, it will be noted here. Otherwise you can assume there is still space.

February 21- March 5, 2015      
Sacred Bhutan
A Walking and Meditation journey

Teacher: Susie Harrington
Laura Tyson
This trip is a rare opportunity to travel behind the scenes in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, a country steeped in centuries of Buddhist life and practice. Monastic life is active and strong in Bhutan, and we will practice in many monasteries, listen to the chanting monks and nuns, and meet with local Rinpoches who guide monastic life. On most days we will walk – visiting remote temples, exploring villages, or hiking from town to town. We will support our journey and enrich our experience through meditation practice and personal reflection.
Glowing light in the aspens

March 13- 17, 2015     Crestone, CO

Blazing Mountain Retreat Center

Awakening Wisdom & Love Through Insight Meditation

Teachers: Susie Harrington, Brian Lesage

This retreat offers the unique opportunity to practice Insight Meditation at Blazing Mountain Retreat Center. Blazing Mountain is situated on the sacred land of Crestone, Colorado. The surrounding environment and beautifully designed meditation hall provide a spacious setting for practice. The comfortable accommodations and healthy vegetarian meals will nurture your well-being. Retreat is full; wait list applications being accepted. Sponsored by, and more information available from the Salida Sangha.
Sunset over river

March 20 – 22, 2015     
Dharma in Daily Life

Closed retreat for participants in DIDL 3 program.

April 5-11, 2015      Escalante - Staircase National Monument
Spring Backpacking Retreat

Teacher: Susie Harrington
This annual silent retreat will take us through beautiful redrock country. Backpacking 2-6 miles on many days with layover days and solo time as part of the mix. See our Retreats in Wild Nature page for more details on the flow of this kind of retreat. This is a silent retreat with dharma talks, formal practice, walking, solo retreat time, as well free time to explore the spectacular country. Please see this retreat's page for more info. Retreat is full; wait list applications being accepted.
Vibrant spring growth among the sandstone.

May 16 – 23, 2015    Lost Coast, CA
Lost Coast Meditation Retreat

Teachers: Susie Harrington & Anne Cushman
A residential retreat at a remote oceanside house on the spectacular Lost Coast of northern California. Participants will hike in 9 miles along the seashore, and will need to carry some of their personal gear. Camping and inside accommodations are available. Please see this retreat's page for more info.
Looking down the break above the beach.

June 15 – 21, 2015      Spirit Rock, California

From Breath to Spacious Awareness
Teachers: Susie Harrington, Donald Rothberg, & Teja Bell
For more info please see the Spirit Rock website. Retreat info will be up soon.

Registration for retreats below here will be available in the spring. Please check back!

July 31 – August 5, 2015      Paradise, Utah
At Ease in the World – A Residential Outdoor Retreat

Teachers: Susie Harrington and Alexis Santos
It is through cultivating moment to moment mindfulness in our daily lives that we can grow the qualities of wisdom and compassion. While on retreat, we will be emphasizing continuity of awareness and an attitude of relaxation – a simple knowing of each moment. With this as our foundation, our everyday lives can become a place for the deepening of dharma (truth), freedom and ease. This retreat will rely on traditional Vipassana meditation approaches, including an emphasis on the teachings of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, a highly regarded meditation teacher from Burma. We are happy to have Alexis Santos, a long time student of U Tejaniya, joining the teaching team with Susie.

This will be an outdoor retreat supported by our practice of noble silence. There will be periods of walking, sitting, dharma talks, Q&A and meetings with the teachers. We will be sitting and practicing outside, under the shade of trees and by the creek at Touch of Paradise Camp. We warmly welcome those newer to practice, as well as experienced practitioners.

While we encourage you to attend the full retreat, we understand that this won't be possible for everyone. As such, a weekend only option is being made available. If cost is a limiting factor for attending the full retreat, please let the organizers know and scholarships will be offered where possible. If you are able to offer support for a scholarship position please also let the organizers know. Thank you!

Cost: Full retreat: $200 - $300 (Friday - Wednesday)
Weekend only: $100- $150 (Friday - Sunday)
Location: Touch Of Paradise Camp, south of Logan, UT
Camping or dorm style accommodations
Registration will be online - beginning March 15, 2015
Contact for additional questions: Dan Judd: DANJUDD

Summer, 2015
Dharma in Daily Life

Closed retreat for participants in DIDL 3 program.

Aug. 27 - Sept. 2     Northern New Mexico
Touching the Earth: Awakening to Our Lives

An Insight Meditation Retreat

Teacher: Susie Harrington
Held in the beauty of the Bodhi Mandala Zen Center in Jemez Springs, NM, we will cultivate a practice of ease, relaxation, and connection. Meeting each moment with an open and curious heart, allowing the mind and body to settle into each moment with grace, our native intelligence becomes available and responsive. During this retreat, we will cultivate a receptive and joyful response to the life we are living in each moment of the retreat and beyond. While our lives have their challenges, and the Buddha spoke directly to the difficulty of the human experience, it is our response in each moment that ultimately creates our individual experience. Through the opportunity of retreat we can examine more closely, and wisely adjust, our relationship to experience - taking us toward ever more ease, joy, and awakeness.

The retreat will be held in Noble silence with dharma talks, instructions, opportunities for Q & A, and meetings with the teacher. We will spend our time in sitting and walking practice, much of the time outside. This retreat is appropriate for those newer to practice and those with experience.
Glowing light eminates from the zendo at Bodhi Mandala Zen Center

September 4 – 12, 2015     SE Utah
Green River Canoe Retreat

A Wilderness Journey sponsored by Sky Mind Retreats
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Registration Open
A silent trip though the spectacular redrock of Canyonlands National Park on the calm waters of the Green River. Easy partial days on the river with layover days of mediation practice and exploring. All canoe equipment provided. No experience necessary.
Canoe on Green River with red cliffs

October 9 – 14, 2015     Bishop, CA
The Earth as Our Teacher: Gateways to the Heart

An Insight Meditation Retreat
Teacher: Susie Harrington
Meditating outside, resting in the sacred container of contemplative silence and the natural world, we will explore the inner beauty of our own hearts. The qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity were emphasized by the Buddha as beautiful states of heart and mind to be cultivated in meditation practice. Supported by the nearby Sierra mountains and wildness surrounding the Great Space Center, this Insight Meditation retreat will emphasize relaxation of the body, opening to nature, and spaciousness of mind, as gateways to the qualities of the heart. Our exploration will include sitting and walking practice - primarily outside, dharma talks, meetings with the teacher, and individual time in nature.

This retreat is suitable for those new to practice and those with experience. This is a low cost camping retreat, with indoor facilities for inclement weather. Indoor sleeping accommodations are also available (additional cost) . See registration for details.
Mtns. above Bishop, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Justin Brown

Nov 13 - 16, 2015 at Cloud Mountain, WA
Awakening the Heart

Teachers: Tim Geil & Susie Harrington
For more info please go the Cloud Mountain website.