Online — Awakening from the Sleep of Unawareness: A Retreat for Beginners

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Online — Awakening from the Sleep of Unawareness: A Retreat for Beginners

Kathe McKenna
December 2, 2022 - December 4, 2022

Assisted by Tracie Palmer

Registration closes at 12:00 noon ET on Friday, Dec. 2. Don’t delay!

This is the online component of this hybrid retreat. To register for the residential component, please click here.

“The practice of meditation is awakening from the sleep of unawareness into the wakefulness of awareness.”    — Willa Blythe Baker

When you develop a meditation practice, you are being kind to yourself and to all those you love. Actually – to all sentient beings. The sacred silence that a hybrid weekend retreat at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge provides can be the perfect way to begin your journey on the path toward awakening.

The Sanskrit word for meditation is bhavana, which means training the body-heart-mind to skillfully engage with what is here and now. Meditation is supported by mindfulness, the ability to pay attention. Learning to let go of our incessant reliance on the conceptual, thinking mind is a key part of the path.

There will be ample time for guided meditation practice. In addition, personal dharma conversations will be offered, as well as time for questions.

Consider giving yourself a life-altering gift! Please join us online this weekend and accept Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche’s invitation:

Rest in Natural Great Peace this exhausted mind, beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought, like the pounding waves on the infinite ocean of samsara.

In order that we may find comfort and ease in the luminosity and all-pervading space of the true nature of our body-mind, let us generate the infinite love, compassion, joy and equanimity of Awakened Mind.

Click here to read more about Tracie Palmer, who is assisting with the retreat.


SCHEDULE – Subject to change

Friday, Dec. 2
7:00–7:15 pm              Wonderwell Orientation (in person and online)
7:15–8:45 pm              Welcome session

Saturday, Dec. 3
7:00–7:30 am              Morning Guided Meditation (self guided for those online)
9:00–10:00 am            Introductory talk
10:15–11:00 am          Guided Meditation
11:15 am–12:00 pm    Walking Meditation
1:30–3:30 pm              One-on-one Dharma meetings (in person and online)
3:45–4:40 pm              Talk and Guided Meditation
4:45–5:15 pm              Questions and Sharing
7:00–8:30 pm            Talk and Guided Meditation

Sunday, Dec. 4
7:00–7:30 am               Morning Meditation (self-guided for those online)
9:00–9:30 am              Take Aways
10:00 am–12:00 pm    Join Dharma Sunday

Zoom linkThe Zoom link will be sent several days before the retreat to all those registered by then. If you register after that date, you’ll receive the link with your confirmation email shortly after submitting your registration. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam folder or to Promotions or Updates in Gmail. It may help if you add the sending address of our booking program to your Contacts list: <>.


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 an online retreat or course
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

The pricing options for a particular retreat are based primarily on its length and are intended to give you an idea of what it costs to offer that retreat. 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.


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.

  • 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 after the retreat. Please be aware that this does not happen automatically with registration. It is a separate, manual operation.
  • Resources and Recordings: The retreat resources and recordings will be available in your user account. Recordings must be edited before they are posted. We appreciate your patience! You will receive an email letting you know they are available in your dashboard. If you have any questions about resources and recordings, please email

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

Click here to read more about Tracie Palmer.


Dec. 2-4, 2022. Please see schedule for daily times. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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

  • Benefactor: $170
  • Program fee: $106
  • Supported: $64

Participants are invited to offer dana ("generous giving") to the teachers and to Wonderwell Mountain Refuge at the close of the retreat.

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

About the Teachers

Kathe McKenna

Dharma Teacher, NDF Board President
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