Live Online — Finding the Sun of Clear Light Through the Songs of Milarepa

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Live Online — Finding the Sun of Clear Light Through the Songs of Milarepa

Lama Liz Monson, Camille Hykes
September 24, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Live Online component of the hybrid retreat

This is the Live Online version of this hybrid retreat. If you are looking for the Residential version, click here.

“In the gap between thoughts, non-conceptual wisdom continuously shines.” – Milarepa (1028-1111)

In this weekend retreat, we will rediscover the world through the vision and liberative songs of Milarepa, Tibet’s most famous wild yogi, renowned for his unconventional methods and for the single-minded intensity of his commitment to attain liberation in one lifetime.  Join Liz and Camille as we bring the beauty, haunting power, and suggestive poetry of Milarepa’s songs of realization back into the present moment, showing how, no matter how much time has passed since he lived, Mila’s vision of enlightenment can continue to awaken us to the immediacy and presence of freedom in every moment. Not only will we explore some of Milarepa’s songs through reading and discussion, but also, we will take the insights and deep wisdom found in these songs into practice and into action. Our retreat will include periods of outdoor meditation (weather permitting) and other contemplative exercises through which we can discover for ourselves the original wisdom Mila knows so well.

Depending on the type of work that you do, you may be eligible for a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship. Please click on this link for more information.



Friday, Sept. 24
3:00 – 5:00 pm            Check In
5:30 pm                          Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 pm            Evening Session

Saturday, Sept. 25 
7:00 – 7:45 am             Meditation practice
8:00 – 8:30 am            Breakfast
10:00 – 11:00 am         Teaching
11:15 am – 12:15 pm    Meditation or other contemplative exercise
12:15 – 1:00 pm            Lunch
2:30 – 3:30 pm             Teaching
3:45 – 4:45 pm             Meditation or other contemplative exercise
4:45 – 5:30 pm             Breakout groups

Sunday, Sept. 26
7:00 – 7:45 am             Meditation practice
8:00 – 8:30 am             Breakfast
10:00 – 11:00 am         Teaching
11:15 am – 12:15 pm     Meditation or other contemplative exercise
12:15 pm                         Lunch

All times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time. You can use this <a href=””>time zone converter</a> to determine the start time at your home.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the retreat begins. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam/junk  folder or Promotions or Update categories. Please check your spam/junk folder and, if you find an email from us, open it and mark it as “Not spam.” Then add the email address you see in the From line to your Contacts to ensure our emails land in your inbox. Contact the registrar at on Thursday if you have not received the Zoom link.

PROGRAM COST – It is Natural Dharma Fellowship’s aspiration that no one be turned away from our teachings and retreats because they are unable to pay the full cost. In order make our courses affordable for all who wish to attend, we are offering a three-level fee structure that takes into account people’s differing financial circumstances:

  • Benefactor – for those who can afford it, this fee level helps provide support for those with limited financial resources and assists with the care and maintenance of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge
  • Program fee – for those who can cover the basic cost of a retreat or course
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

The amounts listed are suggestions. You may write in any amount that fits your financial situation. Any amount offered above the Course Fee level will be considered a tax-deductible donation and will be acknowledged as such.



A new feature of our website—user accounts—provides a secure place where materials from your retreats can be posted and accessed. If you don’t have an account already, you’ll want to set one up as soon as you register.

  • Paid resources – retreat recordings and other retreat materials, including Zoom links – will only be available in the dashboard of your user account.
  • If you haven’t already created an NDF user account, please visit our website to Create an account as soon as possible.
  • User accounts are manually synced with the retreat 24-48 hours prior to its start. Please be aware that this does not happen automatically with registration. It is a separate, manual operation.
  • You must have a user account set up 48 hours prior to the start of an event for access to any pre-retreat materials provided by the teacher.
  • If you register less than 48 hours before a retreat, we cannot guarantee you will have access to your account when the program begins. In that case, your account will be synced 24-48 hours after the program has finished.

Please visit the Technical FAQ page on our website for useful information about user accounts, helpful tutorials, as well as answers to many other questions. You can contact with questions about your user account.



Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

Friday evening through Sunday morning, September 24–26. Please see schedule for daily times. All times are Eastern Daylight Time. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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We appreciate your registering early so that retreat materials can go into your user account before the retreat begins.

Please see the paragraph titled Program Cost for an explanation of the fee structure for this retreat.

  • Benefactor: $160
  • Program fee: $100
  • Supported: $60
      Unlimited access to retreat recordings.

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About the Teachers

Lama Liz Monson

Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Camille Hykes

Dharma Teacher, Margha Program Co-Director, Mitra
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