Finding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, and WisdomFinding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, and Wisdom
with Lama John Makransky, Ph.D
Friday, December 8  - Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Registration for this retreat is now closed! In this retreat, we will connect directly to the power of love and wisdom, which penetrate limiting images of self and others by sensing them all in their deep dignity and lovability.

 
Spontaneous AwakeningSpontaneous Awakening
Five Doorways to the Natural State
with Lama Willa Miller, Janine Grillo Marra
Monday, December 11, 2017  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tranquil Flame Yoga

Meditation is a key practice on the spiritual path for the development of inner peace, wisdom and joy. While meditation involves practice, it need not be tedious or complicated. Meditation can be as simple as relaxing, letting go, opening up, being present and sustaining.

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Practicing with the Shadow and special meeting at 6:00 PM
with Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, December 12, 2017  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

Karl Jung stated, “To become conscious of [the shadow] involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.” This evening teaching will explore the notion of the psyche’s shadow, and why shedding light on it is importan...

 
Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
with Gaelle Desbordes
Tuesday, December 19, 2017  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The Natural Meditation Practice Group (of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions) supports the ongoing deepening of students in the four aspects of natural meditation: one-pointedness, simplicity, one-taste, and non-meditation. These guided meditations, Q and A, and discussions offer an opportunity for students to fin...

 
Tuesday Night Teachings Tuesday Night Teachings
Tuesday, December 26, 2017  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

There will be no meeting this evening.

 
Natural Dharma Fellowship's Winter Meditation Intensive - January 2018Natural Dharma Fellowship's Winter Meditation Intensive - January 2018
The Heart of Practice
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Tuesday, January 2  - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

We are delighted to announce Wonderwell’s first ever Winter Meditation Intensive (Dathun)!

 
Embodying Natural AwarenessEmbodying Natural Awareness
An all day meditation retreat
with Lama Willa Miller
Saturday, February 3, 2018 
Belfast

Underlying our conceptual, busy, restless mind is a refuge, a fundamental awareness that is open, lucid and non-conceptual. The Buddha called it "wakefulness." The ancient meditation masters of Tibet called it "natural awareness." It is one thing to conceptually understand natural awareness, but quite another to embo...

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Writing
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, February 11, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
March Open Practice WeekendMarch Open Practice Weekend
with Lopon Liz Monson
Friday, March 9  - Sunday, March 11, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Enjoy a silent weekend of practice or just come for one full day/night. Open practice weekends at Wonderwell are opportunities for beginning and experienced meditators to deepen their practice, participate in group meditation sessions, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell, and to connect with teac...

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Offering
with Lopon Liz Monson
Sunday, March 11, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
Foundation for Cutting Through to Pristine AwarenessFoundation for Cutting Through to Pristine Awareness
with Doug Veenhof
Thursday, March 15  - Monday, March 19, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

This four-day immersion in Dzogchen, Tibetan Buddhism’s “Great Perfection,” will explore both the fundamental view as well as meditations that power insights that cut through the fog of illusory appearances to pristine awareness.

 
The Art of Wisdom-YogaThe Art of Wisdom-Yoga
Wakeful Body, Wakeful Mind
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Sunday, March 25  - Thursday, March 29, 2018
Kripalu Yoga and Retreat Center

If you long for a yoga practice that deeply impacts the quality of your mind and spirit, come explore how to bring the wisdom of meditation into the body. Rather than striving toward perfection in meditation and yoga, learn to access the inner resources of energy, grace, and balance that are already present as your b...

 
For the Love of WisdomFor the Love of Wisdom
with Anam Thubten, Willa Miller
Monday, April 9  - Friday, April 13, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

We might think of wisdom and love as two very different concepts, but in the view of the great perfection, they are united as the luminous expanse of our own awareness. Join Anam Thubten and Willa Miller for a five-day residential meditation retreat exploring the role of love and wisdom on the path of awakening. ...

 
April Open Practice WeekendApril Open Practice Weekend
with Lopon Liz Monson
Friday, April 27  - Sunday, April 29, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Enjoy a silent weekend of practice or just come for one full day/night. Open practice weekends at Wonderwell are opportunities for beginning and experienced meditators to deepen their practice, participate in group meditation sessions, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell, and to connect with teac...

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Listening to the Dharma
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Sunday, April 29, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
Brendan Kennedy 2018 RetreatBrendan Kennedy 2018 Retreat
with Brendan Kennedy
Monday, May 7  - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Program description coming soon!

 
The Compassionate BodyThe Compassionate Body
Yoga & Meditation Retreat for Women
with Janine Grillo-Marra
Friday, May 18  - Sunday, May 20, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

How do we relate to our bodies? How do our bodies move through Life? Through yin-yang yoga and other movement practices, meditation and social silence we learn to open and deepen to the possibility that compassion is naturally present in our bodies and that we can meet the body with kindness, just as it is, in its...

 
June Open Practice WeekendJune Open Practice Weekend
with Lama Willa Miller
Friday, June 1  - Sunday, June 3, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Enjoy a silent weekend of practice or just come for one full day/night. Open practice weekends at Wonderwell are opportunities for beginning and experienced meditators to deepen their practice, participate in group meditation sessions, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell, and to connect with teac...

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Generosity
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, June 3, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
The Art of DyingThe Art of Dying
Tibetan Practices of Liberation
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Wednesday, June 6  - Sunday, June 10, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Death is a topic that we often shy away from, and its realities are hidden in our cultural context. Yet the Buddha taught that contemplating death is a practice of liberation - one that vastly enhances the quality of our life. By looking directly at death, we access our appreciation and joy for this human life and it...

 
2018 Finding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, and Wisdom2018 Finding Immediate Access to Innate Capacities of Love, Compassion, and Wisdom
with Lama John Makransky, Ph.D
Saturday, June 16  - Saturday, June 23, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

In this retreat, we will connect directly to innate capacities of love and wisdom in the deep nature of our minds, to cut through our reductive labels of self and others by sensing them in their deep dignity and potential, in their buddha nature.

 
July Summer DathunJuly Summer Dathun
The Power of Compassion
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Sunday, July 1  - Saturday, July 21, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Registration will open December 15th! We are delighted to announce Wonderwell’s Summer Meditation Intensive (Dathun)! We invite you to join us in the land of rolling green hills and sparkling lakes for a period of deep meditation in community. Join us this July as we explore “The Power of Compassion,” how to r...

 
Bardo and PoaBardo and Poa
Level III Vajrayana
with Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, July 24  - Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Level III Retreat. Restricted to Vajrayana Level III students of Natural Dharma Fellowship, except with special permission.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Reading
with Lopon Liz Monson
Sunday, August 5, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Memorization
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Sunday, September 2, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
The Wakeful BodyThe Wakeful Body
with Lama Willa Miller
Wednesday, September 5  - Sunday, September 9, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Awakening is a non-conceptual realization of the mind’s nature, yet we might spend many years pursuing awakening in ways that are conceptual. When we strive after the mind’s nature with a solely conceptual approach, our practice risks becoming disembodied. A disembodied practice is a bit like gazing at a photo of...

 
Living with DyingLiving with Dying
A Retreat for Clinician Resilience
with Cheryl A. Giles, Jonna Goulding, Jean Ashland, Barbara Waldorf
Friday, September 14  - Sunday, September 16, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

How do we maintain our resilience in a medical world that demands so much time, energy, compassion, and understanding of seriously ill and dying patients? This retreat is for clinicians and volunteers who need to rest, reconnect with the core of our caring, and return to this important work with a personal plan for ...

 
Ecodharma: Buddhism in the EndtimesEcodharma: Buddhism in the Endtimes
with David Loy, PhD
Friday, September 21  - Sunday, September 23, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

The ecological crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity as ever faced. What do Buddhist teachings offer that can help us understand and respond appropriately? And what does the eco-crisis imply about how we understand and practice Buddhism?

 
The Art of Relating MindfullyThe Art of Relating Mindfully
Freshening up our Relationship - A Couples Retreat
with Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, CNS
Friday, September 28  - Sunday, September 30, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

We often subscribe to the myth that the right relationship will fix everything; that meeting the right person will solve most of our problems. Soon we start to take our relationships for granted and assume that they will maintain themselves.

 
The Four Noble TruthsThe Four Noble Truths
An Insight Dialogue Retreat
with Gregory Kramer, Janet Surrey
Friday, October 5  - Monday, October 8, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness (e.g., mindfulness, concentration), the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, causes, and release of human suffering.

 
Gesture of AwarenessGesture of Awareness
with Charles Genoud
Tuesday, October 9  - Monday, October 15, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Gesture of Awareness is a meditative approach to presence. What is at stake in this practice is not what we are doing or how we are doing anything but simply being.

 
Waking Up in the WildWaking Up in the Wild
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Thursday, October 18  - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

From the Buddha to the Dzogchen yogis of Tibet, ancient masters have long relied on the power of the natural world to nurture peace and awaken insight. Following their example, we too can develop and deepen a “practice of the wild” by learning to commune with and receive teachings from the natural world.

 
November Margha Graduation WeekendNovember Margha Graduation Weekend
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Friday, November 2  - Sunday, November 4, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Stay tuned for more information regarding this event!

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Teaching
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Sunday, November 4, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
The Authentic BodyThe Authentic Body
Yoga & Meditation Retreat for Women
with Janine Grillo-Marra
Friday, November 9  - Monday, November 12, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

What is it like to be truly comfortable in one’s own skin? How does it look and feel? Through yin-yang yoga and other movement practices, meditation and social silence we will explore what this means – to completely and wholeheartedly own all parts of ourselves in an embodied way. For this is the doorway to mo...

 
Mindful Self-Compassion WorkshopMindful Self-Compassion Workshop
with Kristy Arbon
Thursday, November 15  - Sunday, November 18, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

This workshop retreat covers the core skills from the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff.

 
Radically HappyRadically Happy
with Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche
Friday, November 30  - Sunday, December 2, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Rinpoche will be teaching from his new book, Radically Happy.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Chanting,Recitation,Singing
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, December 2, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the Mountain Refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, Dharma Talk and a community potluck.

 
Transmitting the Blessing of CompassionTransmitting the Blessing of Compassion
with Lama John Makransky, Ph.D, Lopon Liz Monson
Friday, December 7  - Saturday, December 8, 2018
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

In this weekend program, Lama John Makransky and Lopon Liz Monson will explore how practicing compassion and receiving blessings work in tandem to help us access our deepest nature of loving-kindness and wisdom. By deepening our receptivity to love and compassion, we discover that compassion and wisdom are intrinsica...