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Residential Open Practice TEST 123

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Kathe McKenna, Bill Morgan
March 14, 2024 - March 17, 2024

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You are invited to spend a beautiful summer weekend of very lightly structured practice with our teachers and with the sangha. Sink into the beauty of Wonderwell’s woods, mountains and sky. Allow Noble Silence to support deepening intimacy with yourself, the environment and your practice.

Open Practice Weekends provide an opportunity for beginning and experienced meditators to deepen in meditation practice and explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell. Guided practice and dharma talk are optional, and there are practice spaces outdoors at Wonderwell. It is possible to take advantage of the structure or make your own structure. ‘Guided’ means that gentle, pith instructions are shared and inspiring quotes are interspersed.

Noble silence is observed from 8:00 pm Friday through 8:00 am Sunday.

The rate on these weekends is as low as possible to allow everyone to attend. The weekend includes vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and access to teas, and snacks. This weekend will be led by Lama Willa Baker & Kathe McKenna.

Rooms will be assigned in the order in which registrations are received. You will not have a choice between an ensuite or hall bathroom. Please email the registrar at  if you require an ensuite bathroom for medical reasons.


All sessions are optional. 

3:00-5:00 pm – Arrival
Evening Guided Meditation
Morning Guided Meditation
Mid-morning Dharma Talk
Evening Guided Meditation
Morning Guided Meditation



NDF COVID POLICY: Please check this page of our website for our current COVID policy. Incorporate best practices for COVID-19 mitigation in your lifestyle and travel, at least during the 10 days before you visit Wonderwell. Use prevention strategies when traveling.

Recent Updates:

  • As of April 1, vaccinations are no longer required.
  • As of April 15, masking is optional, though masks are strongly encouraged if you have respiratory symptoms or belong to a group that is at higher risk for COVID-19.

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 PCR 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.

SHARED ROOMS: If you register for a shared room, you are agreeing that you accept that you will be sharing it with someone you don’t know. Men and women who don’t know each other will never be assigned to the same room. You may always register for a shared double room with someone you 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.


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 feel you might have been exposed 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.


Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar


August 25-27, 2023. Check-in at Wonderwell is between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on Friday. A light lunch may be offered on Sunday. We ask that people leave Wonderwell by 2:00 pm so staff can close up the house.


  • Open Practice - Private Room with Queen Bed - $324.00
  • Open Practice - Private Room with Twin Bed - $324.00
  • Open Practice - Shared Room - $324.00
  • Open Practice - Tent or Vehicle Camping - $324.00
  • Open Practice - Commuter or Self-Contained Vehicle Camper - $324.00

We appreciate your registering early.

If the type of room you require is sold out or no rooms at all are available at Wonderwell, you can email "> to be placed on a waiting list in case there are cancellations.

About the Teachers

Lama Willa Blythe Baker

Lama, Founding Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Kathe McKenna

Dharma Teacher, NDF Board President
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Bill Morgan

Visiting Teacher
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