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Finding Freedom in Nature: A Retreat for People of Color

  • Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center Vallecitos, NM (map)

with La Sarmiento and Yong Oh


The teachings of the Buddha connect us to our own true nature which is freedom. We are nature wherever we go — whether we live in the heart of a large bustling city or in a rural environment — but many people of color in this country are often the most removed from land that is not ravaged by colonization. This retreat offers us an opportunity to experience the liberating power of retreat in the beauty of pristine nature. We will spend the week together in this magnificent wilderness in periods of formal practice both indoors and on group hikes. The retreat will be held largely in silence with opportunities for check-ins and questions. No prior meditation or dharma experience is necessary.

Please note, this retreat has an application process to allow for diversity in practice experience, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Vallecitos is not accessible to those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. The center is located at 9,000 feet and is not conducive to those with compromised health.