When and Where Is the Meditation Retreat?

Friday, September 16  – Sunday, September 25, 2022, with an option to extend until Sunday October 2,  at Diamond Mountain in Bowie, Arizona.  Bowie is about 2 hours east of Tucson, AZ and 3 hours west of El Paso, TX.  Tucker and Upasaka Upali will be teaching the retreat.

So, What’s A Meditation Retreat?

It’s a break from the world during which we focus exclusively on meditation.  We will not use phones, internet, or the like, and our time will be almost entirely devoted to meditation.

Can I Really Do This For Ten Days?  Me?

Yes.  Though if you have any physical or mental health conditions you’re concerned might alter my pre-fab “yes”, please ask!

How Much Will It Cost?

Please see the registration page for how much Diamond Mountain charges based on your choice of accommodations.  They have offered us extremely affordable prices.

Tell Me About This Extension.  That Sounds New!

This is the first time we will be offering a seven-day extension.  As there won’t be dharma talks and there’ll be fewer students, our plan is to give students more daily personal attention (unless you just want to hide out in your cabin).  While we expect some people will want to remain out of contact the whole time, limited use of your phone will be permitted during the extension.  We are not yet sure how we’ll be doing food during the extension — it depends how many people sign up — so the listed price for 17 days includes lodging for the whole time but food only through breakfast on Sept 25.  This means there will be a required fee at a future date to pay for food.  We are presently expecting this fee will be $385 for catered meals from a professional chef for the week, and if this fee would prevent you from going, please let us know.

In general, the extension option is only available to students who’ve already done a retreat with Upali and/or Tucker of at least a week.  If you’d like to request an exception to this, please contact Tucker.

What Costs Aren’t Included In the Fee to the Retreat Center?

One is “dana,” which is payment to the teacher.  The intention of dana is to be as generous as you are sustainably able to, and of course this amount varies greatly among students.  Traditionally, students pay dana following the end of the retreat.

We probably cannot provide free transportation to everyone from Tucson to the retreat center.  We will have some cars that will be doing the trip, and if we can’t offer you a ride, we will help connect groups to either rent a car or pay Diamond Mountain for a ride.

OK That’s A Reasonable Price, but I Still Can’t Afford That + Travel & Dana

You can also apply for a need-based scholarship through the Open Dharma Foundation.  Deadlines are Jan 15, Apr 15, Aug 15, and Oct 15, though if you’re applying for $300 or less, you can apply anytime.

I’ve Got Some Extra Money.  How Can I Support People Who Want To Go On Retreats But Can’t Afford It?

Thanks for asking!  You can make a donation to the Open Dharma Foundation, a 501c3 organization (meaning this donation is likely tax-deductible in the US).

Can I plan to leave early, come late, or only do the 7-day extension?

No.

When Should I Arrive in Arizona?

We’d like everyone to be in Tucson by 1 PM on Friday and to fly out of Tucson no earlier than 2 PM on Sunday.  If you’d like to fly to Phoenix to save money, you can take the bus to Tucson; please arrive by 9:30AM or earlier on Friday if you’re coming to Phoenix.

Will The Retreat Organizers Provide Lodging in Tucson the Night Before and After?

Leigh, one of the students in Tucson, will organize an Airbnb for people arriving early.  We’ll start an email thread in July about this.

What Is The Covid Protocol?

In general, vaccination is required, and Diamond Mountain will require vaccine card photos in advance.   If someone is not vaccinated and would like to attend, we will follow Diamond Mountain’s protocol, which requires testing in advance.  Masks are not required, as we’ll be sharing way more indoor airspace than they’re likely to help with.

How Do I Register?

Click here to register!

What If I Still Have Questions?

Depending on the question, you can contact Tucker and Upali, or you can contact Diamond Mountain.