Residential — Finding the Sun of Clear Light Through the Songs of Milarepa

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Residential — Finding the Sun of Clear Light Through the Songs of Milarepa

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

Residential Component of the Hybrid Retreat

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


You must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 on arrival at Wonderwell. We recommend that you take a photo of your vaccination card so that, if you forget to bring the card with you, the image will be on your phone.

Important information about Fall 2021 retreats at Wonderwell: Please scroll down to the “Practice at Wonderwell” section on the “About Wonderwell” page on our website using this link. There you will find information about the safety protocols in place this fall, the registration procedures that will be followed, pricing, and possibilities for financial aid.

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge strives to offer retreats in a manner that is inclusive for persons of all means. If the full retreat cost would create an undue financial burden, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Please contact the registrar at for more information about financial aid.

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 (optional for online participants)
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
5:30 –7:00 pm              Dinner
7:00 – 7:45 pm             Evening meditation (optional for online participants)

Sunday, Sept. 26
7:00 – 7:45 am             Meditation practice (optional for online participants)
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



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


Check-in at Wonderwell is between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the day of arrival. The retreat ends at noon on the final day and a light lunch is offered.

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  • Benefactor Suite - $700.00
  • Private Room w/EnSuite Bath - $520.00
  • Private Room w/Queen Bed & Hall Bath - $400.00
  • Private Room w/Twin Bed & Hall Bath - $400.00
  • Shared Room w/Ensuite Bath - $336.00
  • Shared Room w/Hall Bath - $306.00
  • Tenting - $236.00
  • Commuter - $196.00

Registration Procedures
Please review the "Group Retreats: Registration" information in the "Practice at Wonderwell" section on the "About Wonderwell" page our website using this link.

Pricing includes
Accommodations for everyone but commuters. All meals and program activities for everyone. 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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