Residential – The Great Vastness: The Essence of Dzogchen

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Residential – 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 residential component of this hybrid retreat. For the online 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
3:00 – 5:00 pm          Check in
5:30 pm                     Dinner
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



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 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.

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.



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 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.



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 with the retreat. Please be aware that this does not happen automatically with registration. Recordings must be edited and will be posted after the retreat.

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


Check-in at Wonderwell is between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the day of arrival. The retreat ends at noon on the final day and a light lunch may be offered. We ask that people leave Wonderwell by 2:00 pm so staff can finish their work and get home themselves.

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  • Private room with queen bed and ensuite bath - $550.00
  • Private room with queen bed and hall bath - $424.00
  • Private room with twin bed and hall bath - $424.00
  • Shared room with ensuite bath - $356.00
  • Shared room with hall bath - $324.00
  • Commuting - $208.00

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

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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