Online – Spark of Freedom

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Online – Spark of Freedom

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Camille Hykes
July 13, 2023 - July 19, 2023
Assisted by David Bayer and Matt Fritts

Join us this summer as we dive into the deep waters of awareness to explore and recognize the nature of the heart/mind. This retreat focuses on the Mahamudra techniques of Vipashyana – practices designed to enhance our capacity to experience reality directly and completely, beyond the veils of misunderstanding and conceptuality that usually mediate our experience. We will learn what it means to examine the still mind and the moving mind to relax into the vast openness of our being, the space of present-moment awareness out of which all appearances arise and back into which they dissolve. Through the practice of Vipashyana, we put in place the conditions for a direct experience of the nature of mind – an experience of spacious, awake, compassionate, and loving responsiveness to the world of suffering around us.

This retreat will include teachings, meditation sessions, group discussion and movement practices.

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.


SCHEDULESubject to change
All times are Eastern time zone.

Thursday, July 13
7:00 – 8:30 pm          Orientation & opening session

Friday, July 14 – Tuesday, July 18
7:15 – 8:00 am           Morning meditation
8:00 – 9:30 am           Breakfast Break
9:30 – 10:30 am         Dharma Talk and Discussion
10:45 – 11:30 am       Meditation
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Group Exercise
12:30 – 2:30 pm         Lunch Break
2:30 – 3:15 pm           Meditation
3:30 – 4:30 pm           Dharma Talk and Discussion
4:45 – 5:45 m             Movement Session (Yoga)
6:00 – 7:30 pm           Dinner Break
7:30 – 8:30 pm           Evening meditation

Wednesday, July 19
7:15 – 8:00 am           Morning meditation
8:00 – 9:30 am           Breakfast Break
9:30 – 10:30 am         Dharma Talk and Discussion
10:45 – 11:30 am       Meditation
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Group Exercise



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.

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July 13-19, 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: $792
  • Program fee: $570
  • Supported: $342

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.

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About the Teachers

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Camille Hykes

Dharma Teacher, Margha Program Director, Mitra
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