Exploring the Path of the New Saint in Times of Crisis (Hybrid)

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Exploring the Path of the New Saint in Times of Crisis (Hybrid)

Lama Rod Owens
August 14, 2024 - August 18, 2024

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.

The New Saint is a contemporary expression of an ancient Buddhist tradition, which understands the saint as a Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is roughly translated as a “spiritual warrior” and is motivated by the energy of Bodhicitta or a profound altruistic wish to free all beings from suffering. The New Saint tradition is a reframing of the bodhisattva tradition that is contemporary and justice oriented, centering the experiences of communities involved directly in liberation struggle. New Saint embodies spiritual abolition which is the work of abolishing any system and institution that prevents people from experiencing full agency to determine the quality of their lives and restricting resources needed to experience happiness, safety, and care.

In this retreat, Lama Rod will teach practices and ideas from his latest Book “The New Saints” exploring liberatory practice through meditation, deity practice, land-based rituals, fire ceremonies, somatic movement, singing, mantras along with in-depth discussions.

This Hybrid retreat is offered in person at Wonderwell (Residential option) and Live via Zoom (Online option). To submit an application or register, please choose one of the options in the YELLOW panel.

We are using an application process for the residential component of the retreat instead of our usual registration procedure, because we are reserving space for people who self-identify as BIPOC or LGBTQIA+. For the online attendance option, you can register as usual.

We will be accepting applications for the residential component of the retreat from May 20 to June 20, 2024. 

Registration for the online attendance option is now open.

Typical Retreat Schedule

(All times are Eastern time zone)

First Day — Hybrid evening session begins around 7:00 pm. (see Residential info for check-in times)

Full-Day Schedule — Morning meditation 7:00 am; Breakfast break 8:30-10:00 am; Lunch break 12:00-2:00 pm; Dinner break 5:30-7:00 pm.

Last Day — The closing session typically ends by 12:00 pm.

These times are just for reference. An expanded schedule will be provided in pre-retreat information emailed during the week prior to the event.

Aug. 14-18, 2024. A more detailed schedule will be available closer to the retreat.


This hybrid retreat has both residential and online components. For more information and registration, please use the links below depending on which component you're interested in.

RESIDENTIAL Details & Application
Click to apply for RESIDENTIAL (at Wonderwell)

ONLINE Details & Registration
Click to register for ONLINE (via Zoom)

About the Teachers

Lama Rod Owens

Visting Teacher, Dharma Dialogues Guest
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