Schedule

Great Pond Sangha Retreat (Private Event)Great Pond Sangha Retreat (Private Event)
Friday, March 2  - Sunday, March 4, 2018

This is a private event.

 
Mind-Training According to The Bodhisattva’s Way for Life: Mind-Training According to The Bodhisattva’s Way for Life:
Ancient Wisdom for Tumultuous Times
with Acharya Lama Gursam Rinpoche
Friday, March 9  - Sunday, March 11, 2018

Join Acharya Lama Gursam Rinpoche for a weekend of instruction on mind-training and Buddhist ethics through close study of the classic text The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva.

 
Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
The Ten Dharma Activities: Offering
with Acharya Lama Gursam Rinpoche
Sunday, March 11, 2018  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

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.

 
New England Jam (Private Event)New England Jam (Private Event)
Monday, March 26  - Saturday, March 31, 2018

This is a private event.

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

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

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

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

 
The Unexpected Naturally Shows ItselfThe Unexpected Naturally Shows Itself
with Brendan Kennedy
Monday, May 7  - Sunday, May 13, 2018

At a certain point in my life and in my practice, I clearly came to the conclusion - or had the insight - that as long as I see things as separate, solid and different, I will not awaken to who I really am or to my true nature. Then at a certain point, I came across Saraha’s pith instruction: “The true nature of ...

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

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...

 
Annual Natural Dharma Fellowship Teacher's Retreat Annual Natural Dharma Fellowship Teacher's Retreat
Spontaneity, Vulnerability and Confidence
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson
Friday, May 25  - Sunday, May 27, 2018

This is a restricted retreat. NDF Core Meditation Teachers are required to attend this retreat annually. Mitras, Visiting Teachers and Contemplative Care Instructors are not required to do so, but we very much hope everyone can join.

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

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

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

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

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.

 
Annual Summer Meditation Intensive—July 2018Annual Summer Meditation Intensive—July 2018
with Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson, Lama John Makransky
Sunday, July 1  - Saturday, July 21, 2018

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 release, relax and renounce the difficul...

 
Bardo and PoaBardo and Poa
Level III Vajrayana
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama Karma Chotso, Brendan Kennedy
Tuesday, July 24  - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  - Sunday, December 9, 2018

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...