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

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

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

This is the application for a place in the RESIDENTIAL component of the retreat. If you’d like to register for the ONLINE component, please click here

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.

We are using an application process for the residential component of the retreat instead of our usual registration procedure, because we will are reserving space for people who self-identify as BIPOC or LGBTQIA+.
We will be accepting applications for the residential attendance option from May 20 to June 20, 2024
  • Those who have secured a place will be notified by email within 1 week after the end of the application process.
  • Room preferences will be considered in the order in which applications are received.
  • Payment is not required with the application, but if you secure a space, you will be given instructions on how to make your timely payment for the retreat. 
  • Those who have applied but have not secured a place will be placed on a waiting list in case of any cancellations. 

When registration is open, there will be a button on this page that says “Register Here.” However, for this retreat, clicking on it simply begins the application process.

Important: Please put these this email address in your Contact or Safe-Send list to make sure you receive our emails:

Typical Retreat Schedule

(All times are Eastern time zone)

First Day — Opening session begins around 7:00 pm.

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.

Important Covid Information

The NDF Health Committee continues to monitor evolving public health conditions and trends, as we keep the safety of our Sangha at the forefront of our decision-making. At this time, COVID-19 testing is no longer required. Masks are optional and encouraged if you are at higher risk.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge strives to offer retreats in a manner that is inclusive and accessible. 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 after you have registered for the retreat. Award amounts are based on the room type chosen.

Cancellation Policy

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 feel you might have been exposed 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.

If you decide to transfer from residential to online attendance, any cancellation fee will be determined based on the time remaining before the start of the retreat.

Access to Recordings

NDF offers unlimited access to recordings, which are accessed in your user dashboard (more information about user accounts provided in a pre-retreat letter). If you have a user account, please register with the same email you use to log into your dashboard. If not, an account will be created for you using your registration address.

Availability will vary depending on the type of event and the backlog for our precious resource volunteers. Thank you for your patience.

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar


August 14-18, 2024. 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 may be offered. We ask that people leave Wonderwell by 2:00 pm so staff can finish their work and get home themselves.



  • Benefactor Suite - $1,111
  • Private room with ensuite bath - $865
  • Private room with hall bath - $789
  • Shared room with ensuite bath - $585
  • Shared room with hall bath - $536
  • Women's or men's dorm - $452
  • Tent or Vehicle Camping - $405
  • Self-Contained Vehicle Campiing - $337
  • Commuter - $337

A limited number of hearing assistance devices are available at Wonderwell.

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

Register Here

About the Teachers

Lama Rod Owens

Visting Teacher, Dharma Dialogues Guest
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