Where We Stand

Just as with her own life a mother shields

from hurt her child,

her only child,

Let all-embracing thoughts

for all beings be yours.

                           — The Buddha, the Metta Sutta

Thirteen years ago the word mission stood at the heart of what was to become The Mountain Hermitage.  The founding of The Mountain Hermitage would manifest a deeply personal mission – to transform a dynamic idea to actions that would carry the Dharma into the wider world.  The few, but powerful words of The Mountain Hermitage Mission Statement have steered every action we have taken, every retreat we have offered, and guide our continuing efforts to realize that vision in all that we do.

We define our sole purpose:  To offer the Buddha’s teachings … to spiritual seekers in their search for truth and liberation, and add this significant commitment:…with a heartfelt emphasis on multicultural practitioners.

On behalf of those we serve,  we invite you to join us as we bring this heartfelt emphasis to fresh reality through supporting spiritual seekers.  Scholarship needs for our retreats have increased over the past few years.  For many prospective retreatants and monastics, the economic downturn has exacerbated an already difficult financial condition, and most will require scholarship monies to support their retreat experience.

Words from a Grateful Scholarship Recipient

        “I am filled with a sense of joy, delight and amazement that such good fortune could be part of my life. 

The time at the Retreat went by quickly, each day revealing some new aspect of clinging to ‘I, Me and Mine’ and

allowing the graceful release of that habitual clinging.” 

Your generous gift of $1,000, $500, $250, – or whatever amount you feel you can share, will help meet our $20,000 funding goal for 2017 and will help support an array of 2017-2018 retreat offerings that embody our core mission of bringing the Dharma to life.  The Mountain Hermitage thrives.  But make no mistake – it is wholly the support and shared mission commitment of friends in the Dharma that breathe life and vitality into all that we do.

Will you join all of us in this spirit of giving?

Because of the generosity of all of you who have supported us in the past and who continue to support us, The Mountain Hermitage is able to continue offering a full roster of retreats in the upcoming year and beyond…


Starting our 2017 season off is the third Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation Retreat from January 20 – 27, 2017.   We are honored that this retreat will be taught by Brian Lesage at the Blue Sky Retreat at San Geronimo in Taos, NM.   

Our second retreat in 2017 is the Two-Week Spring Hermitage Retreat from April 28  – May 12, 2017 taught by Marcia Rose.   This retreat at the Columbine Inn in the Taos Ski Valley offers a unique opportunity for experienced Dharma practitioners.

From August 16 – 30, 2017 at the Columbine Inn, we are also offering the Self Not-Self & the Creative Process Retreat with Marcia Rose as the Guiding teacher,   Wynn Fricke as the Movement teacher, and Sean Murphy as the Writing teacher.

Finally, from November 3-10, 2017, Annie Nugent will be teaching a Mindfulness – The Way to Freedom Retreat at the Columbine Inn.  This silent Vipassana retreat supports the strengthening of mindfulness which leads to wisdom.

See our Retreat and Event Schedule for extensive information on all these 2017 retreats — including the Practice Guidelines document, the Application Form and Scholarship Forms.

We are in the process of confirming our 2018 retreat schedule, so please keep checking our website for updates!

“It was my deepest practice experience, and rewarding in more ways than I could have imagined.”

                                                                    –Hermitage yogi


Every month we add a new Dharma article to the Reflections on Practice page.
Please check back for new insights.

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