Online – The Great Vastness: The Essence of Dzogchen

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Online – The Great Vastness: The Essence of Dzogchen

Lama Willa Blythe Baker
November 4, 2022 - November 6, 2022

Registration will open at 2:00 pm ET on Sunday, Oct. 2.

This is the online component of this hybrid retreat. For the residential component, click here.

In the last Dzogchen Retreat of 2022, we will be wrapping up the Trekchod section of the Natural Freedom path, by deepening into the practice of radical presence within the primordial nature. Our nature is one of great vastness and freedom. In our time together, we will be exploring—guided by the seminal Dzogchen text of Longchenpa’s Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena—the possibility of dwelling in our own inborn vastness, the space in which boundless love and skillful action flourishes.

Lama Willa encourages everyone to attend this retreat in person if possible.


SCHEDULE – All times are Eastern Time

Friday, Nov. 4
7:00 – 7:15 pm          Orientation
7:15 – 8:30 pm          Opening session

Saturday, Nov. 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm    Teaching & practice, with breaks

Sunday, Nov. 6
9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Teaching & Practice with breaks



Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the retreat begins. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam/junk  folder or Promotions or Update categories in Gmail.

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




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 to make online retreats 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 the program
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

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.

Depending on the type of work you do, you may be eligible for a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship. Please see this link for more information.



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

Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Please see schedule for daily times. All times are Eastern Time. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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We appreciate your registering early!

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 materials through your user account.

About the Teachers

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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