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“Nature and Buddha-Nature”
July 24-29, 2017
Sattley, CA (North of Truckee)
Teacher: Carla Brennan

RETREAT IS FULL. WAIT LIST. Complete registration (without deposit) to be out on wait list.


This nature-based retreat provides a special opportunity to explore the power of a silent meditation retreat immersed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. We will participate in the ancient tradition of going into the natural world as a support for spiritual practice and inquiry. Wild nature can then become a profound teacher and guide on our path of awakening. Through enhanced openness and quiet, we have the opportunity to explore deeply the truth of our own nature.

We will stay at a private retreat center nestled in the high forest of the mountains at about 6500’. This retreat will offer a variety of sitting and moving meditation practices, dharma talks, meditation instruction, and an opportunity for deep personal exploration. During part of the day you will be able to create your own schedule. We will spend as much of our practice time outdoors as weather permits. Participants will lodge in the main building or will camp on the lawn. Meals are provided. Bathrooms, outdoor pond, indoor pool, hut tub and sauna are available.

A residential meditation retreat offers a precious opportunity to devote continuous time to developing mindful presence and insight. Released from responsibilities of daily life and our usual distractions we can discover a deeper way of being. Retreats are not meant to be mostly comfortable or easy. They’re meant to be a supportive environment where we can turn inward with courage and care. Our sustained practice takes us below our surface experience and into our innermost being where self-knowledge and wise understanding can naturally grow.

The retreat will be in silence. There will be no speaking between retreatants. Writing and reading (as well as digital media) are also discouraged, so that retreatants can better stay with their present experience as it unfolds, moment to moment. Please plan to attend the entire retreat. This is open to people with experience as well as those new to retreat practice.

FEE FOR RETREAT (lodging, meals):
• $450 if you register before June 1.
• $490 if you register after June 1.
Partial scholarships and payment plans are available.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Lodging is either dorm-style beds indoors or camping.

DANA: The teaching will be offered on a donation (dana) basis. The cook is also working on a donation (dana) basis. You will have the opportunity to offer dana to support the staff at the end of the retreat.

REGISTRATION: Registration will open no later than March 15.

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Bloom of the Present students are encouraged to attend at least one weeklong or longer retreat a year and several weekend retreats if possible. We are now fortunate to have the Insight Retreat Center in our neighborhood near Scotts Valley with many retreats with Gil Fronsdal and others. Spirit Rock Meditation Center is not far away in Marin County.


Cloud Mountain Retreat Center
South of Seattle, WA.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center
Centered in Nevada City, CA. Guiding Teachers, John Travis and Heather Sundberg

Insight Meditation Society
The original insight meditation retreat center in the US in Barre, MA.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Retreats combining study and practice.

Forest Refuge
For longer self-retreats in Barre MA.

Vallecitos Mountain Ranch
A lovely remote retreat center in northern New Mexico

Southern Dharma Retreat Center
A small retreat center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, mostly insight meditation.

Desert Dharma – Sky Mind Retreats
Nature-based insight meditation retreats. Guiding teacher Susie Harrington.

Gaia House
Main retreat center in England

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC (Tara Brach)

Garrison Institute
Offers a variety of programs, mostly Buddhist related. On the Hudson River in New York.