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dedicated to a peaceful & just society
grounded in contemplative & spiritual practice
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Retreating at Liberation Park (2016)

in Spring, Summer, & Fall

We are now focused on accomplishing the Guest House project & will have very limited openings until it is completed.

Until the Guest House is completed and furnished in early 2017 we must restrict the number and frequency of retreatants we can accept. Please be patient with the situation and our need to manage construction stresses. By next year, we will be able to host you more comfortably. If we are able to fit you in this year, please be certain that you will be roughing it ;-)

Retreat overview & guidelines (once facilities are ready)

Offering space, support, and guidance for personal retreat is important in Liberation Park's long-term vision. Currently, our limited infrastructure is geared for solo retreats rather than group retreats. However, at this time, we are still in building mode and facilities are rustic, more suitable for campers than guests requiring significant amenities. Planning for a stay at LP is exactly like planning for a camping trip, including responsibility for your own food (see details below) and carrying in your gear. Until our contractors are finished building the guesthouse (estimated end of 2016) and we can raise remaining funds for appliances and furnishings, we must operate under these limitations.

We encourage intelligence & creativity in designing a retreat to meet your own needs & circumstances. It can include meditation, movement practices (e.g. qigong), study, journaling, "sweat dana," and walks in the woods. Or, it might be primarily all-day meditation. Regular consultations with Santikaro are encouraged. We endeavor to support you in mindfully, skilfully cultivating a well-rounded path through immersion in Dhamma. (We do not encourage outside excursions during your retreat.)

Please familiarize yourself with all the information on the following pages before contacting us about retreats here.

Quiet & silence
Simplicity & solitude
Settling into meditation
Deeper Dhamma study
Intimacy with Nature

What we offer retreatants.

Canvas cabins, hermitage, & facilities

Schedule of availability: awaiting new facilities

What to Bring & Not Bring

Planning your retreat

Recommend daily schedule of practice

Orientation Booklet

If you would like to attend a group retreat with Santikaro, please go to the retreat page.

Generally, we accept retreatants for stays up to a week, if your first visit. Santikaro's availability is also a factor. Longer stays depend on our familiarity with you & your practice, or a review after an initial shorter retreat.

There is no specific charge for retreats here. However, Liberation Park subsists on the donations & volunteer labor of all who visit or benefit from this refuge, as well as more distant friends who appreciate our work. Your contribution is valued.

We currently do not have facilities to host group retreats. Also, we do not currently have a "work-study option."

Please be aware that ticks are present at LP.

If you are interested in a retreat here, after opening and reading the above links, please email us with your intentions, something about your meditation or Buddhist study-practice background, the sort of retreat you would like to have, and dates. We will respond by email and also schedule a phone conversation.

Long-Term Practice

There is potential for long-term retreats and residency. For both, the starting point is for you and us to develop familiarity with one another. Long stays will depend on a mutual understandings of Buddha-Dhamma, practice, and the lifestyle at Liberation Park. We will ask you to come for a visit or personal retreat as the first step, along with email and phone communications.

If You will be Visiting Liberation Park, Please Download this Orientation Booklet