Practicing Natural Compassion (Hybrid)

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Practicing Natural Compassion (Hybrid)

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Lama Gursam, Camille Hykes
July 12, 2024 - July 18, 2024

Movement Teacher: Matt Fritts
Meditation Teacher: Eric Brus

In this hybrid meditation retreat, we will engage with Buddhist practices of love and compassion as a means by which to open the heart and access our deepest nature.

As we explore how to open our hearts, we may well encounter the obstacles that arise when we try to do so. In this way, we discover the power and potential of difficult situations and experiences to reveal our inherent compassionate nature and our capacity to care for ourselves, others, and our struggling world.

Learning how to stand in the flames of our own charnel grounds with kindness and acceptance enables us to face forward in our lives with resilience, love, and the wisdom that can guide our steps. This retreat is focused on how self-compassion and compassion for others function reciprocally to deepen our ability to act in the world with wisdom, openness and effectiveness.

Using both traditional Buddhist modalities and practices adapted for modern life, such as deep listening and inquiry, we will work to develop awareness of how all experiences (pleasant or unpleasant) can become the path of awakening. Body work and movement will be part of this retreat.

To allow the meditation practices of retreat to permeate our lives as much as possible, Lama Willa and Camille ask all onsite retreatants at Wonderwell to maintain “Noble Silence,” and all online participants to maintain silence as much as they can wherever they are staying. This means avoiding idle chatter and only speaking as needed for practical needs.

This Hybrid retreat is offered in person at Wonderwell (Residential option) and Live via Zoom (Online option). For more information, please choose one of the options in the YELLOW panel.

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.

Click here for more about Matt Fritts.

Click here for more about Eric Brus.


July 12-18, 2024. A detailed schedule will be available closer to the time of the retreat.



This hybrid retreat has both residential and online options. For more information, please use the links below depending on which option you're interested in.

RESIDENTIAL Details & Registration
Click for information for RESIDENTIAL (at Wonderwell).

ONLINE Details & Registration
Click for information for ONLINE (via Zoom)

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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Lama Gursam

Visiting Teacher
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Camille Hykes

Dharma Teacher, Director-Margha Program, Mitra
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