Online Only — The Wonder of Awareness: Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Annual Winter Retreat

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Online Only — The Wonder of Awareness: Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Annual Winter Retreat

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Lama Liz Monson
January 7, 2023 - January 10, 2023

 Please check back for information about pricing and registration.

Just as the quiet beauty of snow-covered mountains hosts an indescribable peace, our awareness is home to a lucid wakefulness within that the practice of meditation helps to unleash. This new year, experience the wonder of awareness by engaging, sustaining, and deepening into the vibrant heart of meditation practice within our online community. Mixing our experience, no matter what it is, with practice, we discover how meditation can provide a powerfully transformative container for everything that arises.

Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Annual Winter Retreat includes meditation sessions, dharma teachings, and guided yoga. Teachings, offered by Lama Willa and Lama Liz, explore the nature of awareness as an innate embodied and loving resource for human flourishing. We will pay special attention to the importance of stability, self-compassion, ease, and freshness, while considering how meditation can become a resource of skillful action.

A daily yoga session will keep our bodies vibrant and wakeful, and participants have an option to sign up for daily meetings with a small cohort to discussion meditation practice (a good way to connect sangha or get to know our community).

The Winter Retreat includes an option to take the Refuge Vow and Bodhisattva Vow on Saturday evening.


DAILY SCHEDULEAll times are Eastern Time

9:00 – 9:45 am             Meditation Practice
10:00 – 11:00 am         Dharma Teaching
11:15 am – 12:00 pm   Meditation Practice
2:00 – 2:45 pm             Optional: Practice Discussion Cohorts
3:00 – 4:00 pm             Yoga
4:00 – 5:00 pm             Dharma Teaching
7:00 – 8:00 pm             Flexible Session (Q&A, Teaching, Meditation Practice or Vow Ceremony


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.

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




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 must be manually synced. 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


January 7–10, 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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About the Teachers

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Lama Liz Monson

Lama, Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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