Residential – Mountain Colors, Valley Echoes: Engaging the Environment as Buddhist Practice

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Residential – Mountain Colors, Valley Echoes: Engaging the Environment as Buddhist Practice

William Edelglass
October 21, 2022 - October 23, 2022

Registration for the residential component ends Oct. 14. Don’t delay!

This is the residential component of the retreat. To register for the online component, please click here.

“Mountain colors, valley echoes,” the thirteenth century Japanese Zen teacher Dōgen writes, are the “voice and body of my beloved Śākyamuni.”  From its very beginning, when the Buddha was protected by the enveloping limbs of the bodhi tree and called on the earth as his witness, Buddhist practice has been deeply intertwined with the lived environment.  As Buddhism spread across much of Asia, Buddhist practices, doctrines, and stories transformed the landscape into a Buddhist environment and Buddhist perceptions of the more-than-human world shaped practitioners.  What can Buddhist traditions of engaging the environment teach us today, in a time of climate crisis on a planetary scale and the weakening of relationships with our local places?  Drawing on classical Buddhist traditions and with the help of poetry and ritual, we will explore ways in which each of us can engage the environment—both local and global—as an element of Buddhist practice.

SCHEDULE – Subject to change

Friday, October 21
3:00–5:00 pm               Check in
5:30–6:00 pm               Dinner served
7:00–7:15 pm               Orientation
7:15–9:00 pm               Evening Session

Saturday, October 22
7:00–7:30 am               Sitting in the Meditation Hall
7:30–8:00 am               Breakfast served
9:00 am–12:00 noon    Morning session in the Meditation Hall
12:00–12:30 pm           Lunch served
2:00–5:00 pm               Afternoon session
5:30–6:00 pm               Dinner served
7:00–9:00 pm               Evening session

Sunday, October 23
7:00–7:30 am                Sitting in the Meditation Hall
7:30–8:00 am                Breakfast served
9:00 am–12:00 noon     Morning session in the Meditation Hall
12:00 pm                       Lunch served



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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 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.



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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
  • Tent camping - $250.00
  • Vehicle Camping - $250.00
  • 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.

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William Edelglass

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