Retreat Options

Wonderwell Mountain Refuge hosts various kinds of retreats for meditators, activists, caregivers, educators, writers, artists, couples, and families.

Group Retreats

Every January and July, Wonderwell hosts week-long group meditation retreats with Natural Dharma Fellowship (a 501C3 non-profit organization). These group retreats include sessions of teaching, yoga, silence, and meditation. Although intensive, there is time to walk the grounds, soak up the stillness, and rest peacefully in the beauty of Wonderwell’s natural surroundings. Visit our About Your Stay page for more information.

We also host programs offered by our sister organization Foundation for Active Compassion (also a 501C3 non-profit) and by our affiliate teachers Lama John Makransky, Brendan Kennedy and Charles Genoud.

Work study and scholarship options are available for almost every retreat. These are offered on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested, please fill out the Work-study application when registering for the retreat.

Sangha Practice Weekends

Once a month, Wonderwell offers a Sangha Practice Weekend for meditators to deepen their practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell, and receive guidance from the teachers in residence. Please contact us to preregister for overnight accommodations on Friday and/or Saturday nights. During the summer months, there are opportunities to volunteer in the mandala or vegetable gardens. Saturday is reserved for solo practice and the public spaces at Wonderwell are open for silent reflection, reading, walks, and meditation. Dharma Sundays from 10am to 2pm involve meditation, a dharma teaching, and a community potluck. Please view the Schedule for more information.

Personal Retreats

Wonderwell also provides opportunities for personal meditation retreats throughout the year. During your retreat you may participate in the residential practice community at Wonderwell if you choose and you may request interviews with any of the teachers in residence. See Personal Retreats at Wonderwell for more information.

Day-long Respite

The refuge is also open daily when retreats are not in session as an ideal environment for studying, meditation and quiet reflection. Please contact us if you would like to come for a few hours during the day. There is no charge, though donations are appreciated.

3rd Party Retreats

The refuge also hosts a number of area non-profits for their group retreats, including Upper Valley Insight Meditation Society, and Tranquil Flame Yoga. Natural Dharma Fellowship makes every effort to share the refuge for practice groups. If you are interested in bringing your group to Wonderwell, please contact: