Residential – Tantric Practices for the Apocalypse

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Residential – Tantric Practices for the Apocalypse

Lama Rod Owens
August 17, 2022 - August 21, 2022

The application process is now closed. Registration for commuters only will open in a few weeks. Please check back.

We are a small retreat center with a limited number of rooms. We adopted an initial application process for the residential component of the retreat instead of our usual registration procedure, but that application process is now closed, and a wait list has been established.



We are living through an apocalypse struggling to learn lessons through a pervasive pandemic, economic instability, political unrest, climate change, and various forms of systematic violence. As a result, both our individual and collective grief and trauma seems overwhelming. Tantra is a system of profound practices engaging us directly with the phenomenal and its very essence of liberation. Tantric practices are necessary to support us as we move through this challenging period.

Join Lama Rod in this retreat as we engage in contemporary tantric practice that incorporates not just profound and accessible practices, but also linking these practices with current justice movements. Together we will be exploring the tantric deities like Medicine Buddha, Tara, and Amitabha along with Mahamudra, love and compassion practices, earth-based practices, dialogues, discussions, and laughter while being inspired by teachings from Lama Rod’s latest book Love and Rage and his upcoming book New Saints.

SCHEDULE – All times are Eastern Time

Wednesday, August 17
3:00 – 5:00 pm            Check in
5:00 – 7:00 pm            Dinner and Break
7:30 – 9:30 pm            Opening Session

Thursday, August 18 – Saturday, August 20
6:00 – 7:30 am          Early Morning Practice
7:30  – 9:00 am         Breakfast and Break
9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Mid-morning Session
12:00 – 2:00 pm        Lunch and Break
2:00 – 5:00 pm          Afternoon Session
5:00 – 7:00 pm          Dinner, Individual Practice, Break
7:00 – 9:30 pm          Evening Session

Sunday, August 21
6:00 – 7:30 am          Early Morning Practice
7:30  – 9:00 am         Breakfast and Break
9:00 – 11:30 am        Mid-morning Session
12:00 pm                   Lunch



Information about pandemic safety protocols in place can be found on this page of our website. For details about Wonderwell itself, registration procedures, pricing, cancellation policy, and other FAQs, please use this link.

SHARED ROOMS: If you register for a shared room, you are agreeing that you accept that you may be sharing it with someone you don’t know. If you are not willing to make that agreement, please do not register for a shared room.  Note:  Females and males who don’t know each other will never be assigned to the same room.

Retreatants may always register for a shared double room with someone they know, as long as space is available. There is a box on the registration to indicate who you’d like for a roommate, and we’ll do the best we can. You may want to consider registering for the commuter option instead. Scroll down on this page for information about nearby accommodations. 

VACCINATION REQUIRED: All onsite retreatants must be *fully vaccinated* and will need to present proof of vaccination at check-in. We cannot admit you to Wonderwell without this proof. Per CDC guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. In addition, NDF defines “fully vaccinated” as 2 weeks after having received an eligible booster shot. We will accept youyr original COVID card or a a photo as proof of vaccination.

TESTING: A negative COVID-19 test result is required before admittance to the retreat. Please test within 24 hours prior to your expected arrival at Wonderwell, using either a PCF test or a rapid (at-home) test kit. Please bring a rapid test kit with you to Wonderwell. We will have a limited number of test kits available for during-retreat testing.

MASK REQUIREMENTS: We are continuing to monitor this ever-changing situation and will adjust our mask policy accordingly. For the time being, we require that all retreatants and staff wear masks, preferably K(N)95, indoors during all programs. Masks must be worn in all public areas of the building, including the meditation hall. Exceptions: when retreatants are in their room or when actively eating or drinking. Teachers can be unmasked while on the teacher’s seat, as long as they can maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from retreatants.



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 visit this page on our website learn more 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.

Please do not apply for financial assistance until you are notified that you have secured a place.



Wonderwell charges a $75 cancellation fee for residential (onsite) retreat cancellations more than 4 weeks before the start of a retreat. Any cancellations between 4 weeks to 11 days prior to the program are charged a $150 cancellation fee. For any cancellations 10 or fewer days prior to the start date of the program, no refunds are offered. However, if you are feeling ill or have concerns about exposure to the COVID virus, please cancel your attendance at any Wonderwell retreat even at the last minute. In this case, we will provide a full refund of your payment.



The user account feature of our website 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 resourcesretreat recordings and other retreat materials – 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 7–10 days after the retreat. Please be aware that this does not happen automatically with registration. It is a separate, manual operation.

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. A light lunch is offered on the final day of the retreat.

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  • Private room with ensuite bath: $1,100
  • Private room with hall bath: $848
  • Shared room with ensuite bath: $712
  • Shared room with hall bath: $648
  • Tent Camping: $500
  • Commuting: $416

Please see the section titled Scholarships and Fellowship if you'd like to apply for financial assistance.

253 Philbrick Hill Rd., Springfield, NH 03284

Assistive hearing devices available by request for use onsite. Please let us know in the Comments section on the registration form that you need such a device or special seating.

Full access to all recordings and retreat materials through your user account.

We offer transportation from the New London bus stop for people taking the Dartmouth Coach bus from Boston or NYC. Please note in the Comments box if you'd like more information about this.

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Lama Rod Owens

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