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The Spark of Freedom

Lama Liz Monson, Bob Morrison, Camille Hykes, Janine Grillo-Marra
July 9, 2021 - July 14, 2021

Live Online + unlimited access to retreat recordings

Join us this summer as we dive into the deep waters of awareness to explore and recognize the nature of the heart/mind. In this retreat, we will engage with 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 in order to relax into the vast openness of our being, the space of present-moment awareness out of which all appearances arise and into which they dissolve. Through practicing Vipashyana, we can have a direct experience of the nature of mind – an experience of spacious, awake responsiveness to the world of suffering around us.

This retreat will include lectures, meditation session, group discussion and movement practices.


Friday, July 9
6.30– 8:00 pm: Opening Session

Saturday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 13
10:00 – 11:00 am   Dharma Talk and Discussion
11:15 – 11:45 am   Group Meditation
12:00 – 12:45 pm   Group Exercise
12:45 – 2:45 pm     Lunch Break
2:45 – 3:15 pm       Group Meditation
3:15 – 4:30 pm       Dharma Talk and Discussion
4:45 – 5:30             Movement Session

Wednesday, July 14
10:00 – 11:00 am   Dharma Talk and Discussion
11:15 – 11:45 am   Group Meditation
12:00 – 12:30 pm   Final Session

All times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read carefully! The Zoom link will be emailed to all those registered two days before the retreat begins. If you don’t see an email from Natural Dharma Registrar or Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, it may have mistakenly gone to your spam/junk  folder or Promotions or Update categories. Please check your spam/junk folder and, if you find an email from us, open it and mark it as “Not spam.” Then add the email address you see in the From line to your Contacts to ensure our emails land in your inbox. Contact the registrar at retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org on Thursday if you have not received the Zoom link.

PROGRAM COST – 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 a retreat or course
  • Supported – for those with limited financial resources or recent financial hardship

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.

USER ACCOUNTS – With the launch of our new website, an exciting feature is now available to you: an individual User Account with a personalized dashboard where the resources from all of your retreats are available in one, convenient location.

Please note: Retreat recordings and other retreat materials will only be available through your dashboard. We will no longer be sending out end-of-retreat emails with links to retreat recordings, although we will continue to send the Zoom link directly to you before the retreat.

Creating a user account is easy – If you haven’t already signed up for a user account, we encourage you to do that as soon as possible. Please visit the Create an account page on our website. This page contains all the tools and info needed to set up an account.

We will be syncing your user account with the retreat 48 hours prior to its start. If the teacher has made available any pre-retreat materials, they will be available in your user account at this time. You must have an account set up 48 hours prior to the start to have access to pre-retreat materials. Please be aware that this syncing does not happen automatically. There is a real, live person who needs time to do this work.

If you register less than 48 hours before a retreat, we cannot guarantee you will have access to your account when the program begins. In that case, your account will be synced 24 to 48 hours after the program has finished.

Post-retreat materials and recordings will be available 7 to10 days after the conclusion of the event. All resources and materials will remain indefinitely in your user account.

Accessing your user account – Access to your user account begins on the homepage of our website. In the upper right corner, you’ll see one of two things that indicate whether you are logged in or not…

• You are logged IN if you see “My Dashboard” and “Log Out” links in the upper right corner.
• You are logged OUT if you see “Create an Account” and “Log In” links in the upper right corner.

From there, you can take the appropriate action for accessing your dashboard.

Please be sure to check your user account before your registered event for any updated information.  You may contact support@naturaldharma.org with questions about your user account.


Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Full Calendar

Friday, July 9 to Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Please see schedule for daily times. All times are Eastern Daylight Time. You can use this time zone converter to determine the start time at your home.

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We appreciate your registering early so that retreat materials can go into your user account before the retreat begins.

Please see the paragraph titled Program Cost for an explanation of the fee structure for this retreat.

  • Benefactor: $575
  • Course fee: $450
  • Supported: $325

About the Teachers

Lama Liz Monson

Managing Teacher, Spiritual Co-Director
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Bob Morrison

Dharma Teacher, Margha Program Co-Director, Mitra
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Camille Hykes

Dharma Teacher, Margha Program Co-Director, Mitra
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Janine Grillo-Marra

Meditation Teacher, Chair of NDF Movement Committee
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