A Buddhist community dedicated to the joy of awakening
Natural Dharma Fellowship and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
WHO WE ARE
Natural Dharma Fellowship
Lama Willa Blythe Baker
Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
Lama Liz Monson
Spiritual Co-Director, Managing Teacher
OUR RETREATS & COURSES
Explore Meditation, Awareness & Awakening.
Why Would Anyone Watch the Mind? An Introduction to Meditation
Kathe McKennaRead More
Residential – Mountain Colors, Valley Echoes: Engaging the Environment as Buddhist Practice
William EdelglassRead More
Residential – Contemplative Caregiver Retreat
Megan Carnarius, Anne Giesen, Ellen KnappRead More
Residential — Awakening from the Sleep of Unawareness: A Retreat for Beginners
Kathe McKennaRead More
Onsite at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
Come deepen your practice in solitary retreat.
Experience the peace and tranquility of Wonderwell and explore your inner nature amidst the spacious beauty of mountains, sky, and forest.
Come Practice with Us
In addition to our Retreats and Courses, here are other some ways to learn, study, meditate and participate.
Open Practice Sessions
Weekly, 5:00-6:30 pm ET. Guided meditation, Dharma talks, and time for conversation, led each week by NDF Dharma Teachers. Open to all—please join us for inspiration and community.
A thorough distillation of traditional Tibetan Buddhist training, you will learn a series of contemplative practices to deepen in love, self-compassion, compassion for others, wisdom, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
These practices work with the principal of pure vision, in which we embrace ordinary thoughts and emotions as the unlikely catalysts to recognizing that our nature, and the nature of others, is love and wisdom inseparable.
This council considers the issue of planetary climate change. As a practice, it builds insight, trust, and community between participants, and the potential for creative collaboration and action.
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What People Are Saying
Lama Willa and the Sangha have created a beautiful and secure outer refuge where one can find the inner refuge to realize the secret refuge. Actually what has really happened at Wonderwell is incalculable and inconceivable.
Wonderwell is emerging as one of the leading retreat centers in the United States, with great natural beauty, a caring and capable staff, deep programs of contemplative training, and thoughtful engagement with the environmental and social issues of our time.
Wonderwell’s commitment to an embodied approach to Buddhism resonates so deeply with what I’m trying to share with the dharma community. It’s a special place, a refuge in the increasingly disembodied world we all live in, a sanctuary for real sanity.
I had a threshold experience while staying on solo retreat over Halloween 2019. Spending suspended time while gazing at the mountains and sky, exploring the books in the library and sitting, just sitting, either in the meditation room, porch, or private suite. There was a shift in the old reality, and what an elegant place to experience that.
Excellent retreat. Went for five days. It was my first retreat and other more experienced people told me later that they also thought it was excellent. Beautiful meditation room and thoughtful teachings. Well organised with good food, accommodation and lovely staff.
I never imagined that a remote workshop over multiple days could be as impactful, energetic, and engaging as an in person event. But this is exactly what happened with the Natural Dharma Fellowship retreats this summer with events that were forced online. Having my teacher projected on a screen, as if looking at me directly, relaxes and opens my heart up.
A Welcoming Community
We recognize that all people hold unexamined beliefs, assumptions, fears and prejudices about others, and especially those who seem different from themselves. These beliefs are a great source of suffering for individuals and societies. We welcome people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities and ages. We are committed to providing a safe place for all people to explore the dharma and awaken to their true nature.
A Statement on Racism in America
Silence in the face of oppression is complicity.
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Eric Garner, and many others are part of a systemic injustice in our country that is rooted in centuries of white supremacy, slavery, segregation, and white privilege.
This is a collective trauma that affects us all. No one is more affected by this trauma than People of Color.
We stand by those peacefully protesting this injustice.
We affirm that Black Lives Matter.
Ways To Show Your Support
Become a Member
Membership in Natural Dharma Fellowship is an expression of deep gratitude, commitment, and support for our ongoing work and mission.
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A gift to Natural Dharma Fellowship and Wonderwell contributes to our important work – providing access to Buddhist teachings, connecting people with their innate wisdom and compassion, and cultivating ethical behavior for healing in our fractured world.
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