Online – Natural Meditation: The Power of Original Wisdom

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Online – Natural Meditation: The Power of Original Wisdom

Lama Liz Monson, Camille Hykes
January 20, 2023 - January 25, 2023

Assisted by Matt Fritts and David Bayer


Registration opens at 12:00 pm ET on December 10.

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

Other teachers TBA.

Welcome the new year by immersing yourself in the profound path of Mahamudra.  In this retreat, through guided meditations and teachings, we will explore our connection with innate original goodness and wisdom. This five-day retreat will focus on transformative practices that allow us to directly access the love and wisdom that comprise the very fabric of our deepest nature.

Topics covered in this retreat include the nature and qualities of primordial awareness/wisdom (rigpa) together with an exploration of the techniques of tranquility meditation that function to stabilize the mind, enabling us to rest at ease in our being while simultaneously accessing original wisdom. Throughout this retreat, we will also emphasize how to integrate natural awareness meditation into ways of speaking, listening, moving and being to merge this practice with daily life.  By joining primordial wisdom to our everyday activities, we can discover a bottomless source for resilience, effective action, and compassionate responsiveness to this troubled world.

Please Note: This retreat is open for all.  And for those participating in the Margha Program, this retreat is an essential part of the program.


SCHEDULE – Subject to change

Friday, January 20
6:30–6:45 pm            Orientation
6:45–8:00 pm            Evening Session

Saturday, January 21 – Tuesday, January 24
7:30–8:15 am             Morning Meditation
10:00–11:00 am         Dharma Talk and Discussion
11:15 am–12:00 pm   Group Guided Meditation
12:15–1:00 pm           Small Group Exploration
3:00–3:45 pm             Group Guided Meditation
4:00–5:00 pm             Dharma Talk and Discussion
5:10–6:10 pm             Movement Session: Yoga
8:00–8:45 pm             Mitra-Guided Evening Meditation

Wednesday, January 25
7:30–8:15 am             Morning Meditation
10:00–11:00 am         Dharma Talk and Discussion
11:15 –11:45 am        Group Guided Meditation
12:00–12:30 pm         Closing Session



The 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.

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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
  • Course 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


January 20-25, 2023. 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: $575
  • Program fee: $450
  • Supported: $325

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 materials through your user account.

About the Teachers

Lama Liz Monson

Lama, Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Camille Hykes

Dharma Teacher, Margha Program Director, Mitra
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