2023 Alums Retreat

Deposit Due By: Friday September 8th

Submit $200 Deposit

Point Reyes National Seashore

Black Mountain – Private Ranch

Dates: October 18-22

Accommodations: Camping

The site for this retreat is on a beautiful 1,300-acre working regenerative ranch on Black Mountain. Our camp location has superb 360-degree views partly overlooking Tomales Bay. It is very private and quiet and a great place for nature retreats. The owners in collaboration with myself are hoping that more people use this location for nature retreats as they are putting in infrastructure like showers and bathrooms for us.

Retreat Format

The retreat format will include the following components: time to hang out and connect as a community, opportunities to deepen your nature meditation practice in community, and a robust 3-day training program that will authorize you to teach the new Mindfulness Based Nature Experience (MBNE Course) curriculum developed this past year. We will walk through practicing the whole course in six 2-hour blocks over the 3 days, then debrief it from a teacher training perspective so everyone can learn how to deliver the course post-retreat.

Retreat Costs

There is an opportunity to bring down costs if folks would like to consider some options described below. The final costs will depend on the level of attendance as this will impact the cost of food/cooks. I am trying to keep the cost of the retreat as low as possible for all of you. As an estimate, we are looking at about $600 to $700 total cost (based on 10 people attending) which includes the MBNE training. If more than 10 people sign up, I should be able to pass on cost savings to everyone. If some self-organizing can happen that contributes to us partly cooking for ourselves, costs will come down significantly. We can discuss all of this in the coming weeks once I have a sense of how many people plan to attend.

The Retreat is Confirmed! Please send in your deposit no later than Friday, September 8th, 2023. Thank so much for your upcoming participation. I very much look forward to seeing all of you soon. We should know the final cost of the retreat soon. I am hoping to keep on the low end of the $600 to $700 range reported earlier and will let you know as soon as we work out the cooking/food plans.

Submit $200 Deposit