Residential — Listening for Liberation: Hearing the Wisdom of the Wild
Lama Willa Blythe Baker
October 5, 2022 - October 10, 2022
We are a small retreat center with a limited number of rooms, and this is one of our most popular retreats. Therefore, we will be offering spaces for this retreat through a lottery process.
Applications for the lottery will be accepted from June 10 through July 10. Notifications about the results of the lottery will go out within a week after the closing date. Payment is not required with the application, but if you secure a space, you will be given instructions on how to make your timely payment for the retreat. Those who have applied but not secured a place will be placed on a waiting list in case of any cancellations.
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From the Buddha to the Dzogchen yogis of Tibet, ancient masters have long relied on the power of the natural world to nurture peace and awaken insight. Following their example, we too can develop and deepen a “practice of the wild” by learning to commune with and receive teachings from the natural world. Join Lama Willa as we explore the power of trees, streams, lakes, open skies, leaves, birds, animals and winding paths to open us to the meaning of meditation.
On this retreat, participants will develop a repertoire of practices and approaches that allow us to take nature as teacher. We will learn how communing with the elemental forces of fire, water, earth, air, and space can heal the body, transform the heart and liberate the mind. During this retreat, our “meditation hall” will migrate from the forest to the shores of mountain lakes, from verdant valleys to rocky summits.
Mornings and evenings, we will ground in practice and teaching in Wonderwell’s historic Meditation Hall. When weather permits, days will be spent meditating in the temple of the brilliant autumn countryside of rural New Hampshire. We will learn how to take the principles of meditation into walking, hiking, and other forms of mindful movement.
Through rekindling our innate interconnectedness with the natural world, we simultaneously discover the spacious, luminous, and awake qualities of our own being. Within this web of interconnectedness, we discover that liberation from suffering and the freedom to realize our aspirations are not about transcending the human condition, but about finding the inherent freedom within it.
Requirements: All levels of meditation practice are welcome. This retreat involves some vigorous activities. Participants must be capable of hiking four to five miles per day over moderate mountainous terrain to join in all activities. Those who are not hikers at this level can still register and participate in some of the activities both at Wonderwell and outside.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT 2022 RETREATS AT WONDERWELL
Information about pandemic safety protocols in place can be found on this page of our website. For details about Wonderwell itself, registration procedures, pricing, cancellation policy, and other FAQs, please use this link.
SHARED ROOMS: If you register for a shared room, you are agreeing that you accept that you may be sharing it with someone you don’t know. If you are not willing to make that agreement, please do not register for a shared room. Note: Men and women who don’t know each other will never be assigned to the same room.
Retreatants may always register for a shared double room with someone they know, as long as space is available. There is a box on the registration to indicate who you’d like for a roommate, and we’ll do the best we can. You may want to consider registering for the commuter option instead. Scroll down on this page for information about nearby accommodations.
VACCINATION REQUIRED: All onsite retreatants must be *fully vaccinated* and will need to present proof of vaccination at check-in. We cannot admit you to Wonderwell without this proof. Per CDC guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. In addition, NDF defines “fully vaccinated” as 2 weeks after having received an eligible booster shot. We will accept youyr original COVID card or a a photo as proof of vaccination.
TESTING: A negative COVID-19 test result is required before admittance to the retreat. Please test within 24 hours prior to your expected arrival at Wonderwell, using either a PCF test or a rapid (at-home) test kit. Please bring a rapid test kit with you to Wonderwell. We will have a limited number of test kits available for during-retreat testing.
MASK REQUIREMENTS: We are continuing to monitor this ever-changing situation and will adjust our mask policy accordingly. For the time being, we require that all retreatants and staff wear masks, preferably K(N)95, indoors during all programs. Masks must be worn in all public areas of the building, including the meditation hall. Exceptions: when retreatants are in their room or when actively eating or drinking. Teachers can be unmasked while on the teacher’s seat, as long as they can maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from retreatants.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge strives to offer retreats in a manner that is inclusive for persons of all means. If the full retreat cost would create an undue financial burden, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Please visit this page on our website learn more about financial aid.
Depending on the type of work that you do, you may be eligible for a Hemera Contemplative Fellowship. Please click on this link for more information.
Wonderwell charges a $75 cancellation fee for residential (onsite) retreat cancellations more than 4 weeks before the start of a retreat. Any cancellations between 4 weeks to 11 days prior to the program are charged a $150 cancellation fee. For any cancellations 10 or fewer days prior to the start date of the program, no refunds are offered. However, if you are feeling ill or have concerns about exposure to the COVID virus, please cancel your attendance at any Wonderwell retreat even at the last minute. In this case, we will provide a full refund of your payment.
USER ACCOUNTS & RESOURCES
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 resources – retreat 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 are manually synced with the retreat 7–10 days after the retreat. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about your user account.
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Lama Willa Blythe Baker
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