“The Heart of the Matter”

Metta-Upekkha Online Dana Retreat

With Marcia Rose

& Teaching Assistant Kristina Baré 

February 11 – 18, 2021

This is an Online Dana Retreat 



This Mountain Hermitage Eight Full Day Metta-Upekkha Online Dana Retreat offers a unique and supportive space of solitude and silence for qualified individuals who wish to undertake a period of intensive meditation practice.  This online Dana retreat is for experienced Dhamma students (see prerequisites below). 

As we traverse uncertainty, personal vulnerability & isolation during this difficult time on this magnificent planet that we share with all beings… you are invited to cultivate connection & kindness accompanied by immeasurable impartiality through the practices of Metta/unconditional loving-kindness & Upekkha/Equanimity during this online/Zoom retreat.

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence, and will consist of alternate periods of sitting and walking, instructions, guided sits, Dhamma talks and small group and individual practice meetings. The small group size of a maximum of 20 students at this online Mountain Hermitage retreat helps to create a more intimate experience and easier access to the teacher.

Applications and deposits are requested no later than February 1, 2021.  Printable Forms are located at the bottom of this page.


Practitioners must have sat a minimum of two 3-5 day retreats with a recognized Buddhist teacher and/or a longer period of intensive practice with a recognized teacher.

Details of the qualifying retreats, including teachers’ names, dates, location and length of the retreat, must be documented on the application form.



Yogis are encouraged to maintain sustained and continuous practice during their participation in this Mountain Hermitage online Dana retreat. Teaching support for this retreat will consist of daily morning practice instruction or reflection or guided sit, small group and one-on-one practice meetings as scheduled by the teacher and group chanting of the Refuges and Precepts, a Dhamma Talk or Q&A in the evenings.  All instructions, guided sits, reflections and Dhamma Talks will be recorded and will be available to listen to during this 8 full day online retreat.

This Mountain Hermitage online Dana retreat offers a unique practice opportunity. In order to benefit from this environment, applicants need to be largely self-sustaining in their practice and be comfortable in unbroken silence and solitude. All participants must be mentally stable and physically able to care for themselves. Everyone must have health insurance or be able to cover their expenses in case of illness or medical emergencies. Any special needs must be discussed and agreed to in advance, as the staff is very small and cannot accommodate high levels of support for any individual.

We ask that retreatants commit themselves fully to their retreat. All business and family obligations should be taken care of prior to the beginning of the retreat so that practice can be uninterrupted. For more information on how to navigate an online retreat, please read the Online Retreat Guidelines Document below.


Marcia Rose is the founding and guiding teacher of The Mountain Hermitage and founding teacher of Taos Mountain Sangha. She has been studying and practicing Buddhist teachings and meditation with Asian and Western teachers since 1970, primarily in the Theravada-Vipassana (Path of the Elders) tradition. Her own teaching reflects a clear influence from the Burmese Mahasi Vipassana and Pa-Auk Forest Monastery lineages with authorization from Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw to teach Samatha and Jhanas in his lineage. She has also studied and practiced in the Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhist tradition with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Marcia was resident teacher for staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA from 1991-1995. She has been one of the teachers for the annual three-month retreat at IMS, as well as a visiting teacher at IMS for other retreats and a regular visiting teacher at The Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Marcia has taught Vipassana, Concentration, Brahma Vihara, and Creative Process retreats in various U.S. and international venues for over 30 years, and is dedicated to offering these ancient and timeless teachings in ways that make them accessible and authentic for contemporary culture.



Kristina Baré will be Marcia’s teaching assistant during this online retreat.  Kristina is a trauma psychologist and deep dharma practitioner. She has practiced Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition for the last 12 years. In 2019/2020 she spend altogether 3.5 months in silent retreat practice at the Forest Refuge and then another 3 months in self-retreat under the guidance of her teacher Marcia Rose. Through 2019-20 she primarily practiced in the Pa Auk Sayadaw tradition with a focus on Anapanasati and the Brahma Viharas: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. She is being mentored by Marcia Rose and Tempel Smith to share the Dharma.



The staff of this eight full day online Dana retreat will consist of the teacher, retreat manager(s) (the point of contact in case of any difficulties) and an administrative person.  There will be a pre-retreat Orientation & Technical meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 11am-noon (MST) which all are required to attend.



The general retreat schedule will consist of group events such as Dhamma talks, small group practice meetings, question and answer sessions, guided sits plus a suggested schedule of sitting and walking practice. The time frame for this retreat will be U.S. Mountain Standard Time (MST.) Please check the related time where you will be living during this online retreat. All instructions, guided sits, reflections, Dhamma Talks and Q&A sessions will be recorded and available during this 8 full day online retreat.

7:00 a.m.                           Group sit and Metta chant
8:00 a.m.                           Breakfast
9:00 a.m.                           Group sit, Instructions or guided sit or short Dhamma reflection
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Sit & Walk alternate hours – Small group and one-on-one practice meetings as scheduled.
1:00 p.m.                           Lunch
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Sit & Walk alternate hours
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Light supper or Tea
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Mindful stretching or Sit & walk
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.     Refuges & Precepts,
Dhamma talk, or Q & A as scheduled
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.     Walk or sit


There will be a pre-retreat Orientation & Technical meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 11am-noon (MST) which all are required to attend. 



This Online Dana Retreat is offered freely at no cost to anyone who participates. You will have the opportunity to offer dana to the teacher and The Mountain Hermitage at the end of the retreat. A refundable deposit is required to apply for this retreat. If you attend the retreat, the deposit will be refunded to you.  If you cancel your participation after being accepted into the retreat or fail to show up online for the retreat, we will retain your deposit. Your commitment to attend this online retreat is communicated to us through your deposit. Please let us know if you have any questions about all of this.

The refundable deposit for this retreat is: $150

We have been having issues with our mail service recently, so while it is possible to pay by check or money order in US funds, drawn on a US bank, we would prefer you pay using our online donation medium Network for Good.  Please click here to get to our Network For Good donation page.



The teacher offers the Buddha Dhamma without any set fee, and depends on DANA – on the generosity of her students and benefactors – for the support of her daily life needs.

DANA, an ancient Pali word meaning generosity, giving, or gift, is central to the 2,600-year-old tradition of Buddhism. The teachings of the Buddha have been offered freely since the time of the Buddha. There was and is no way to put a price on the teachings of the truth – they are valuable beyond any fee one could set.

Marcia Rose (teacher) is offering this retreat as a Dana Retreat. This means that The Mountain Hermitage is not charging any fees for this retreat. The teacher offers the Buddha Dhamma without any set fee, and depends on the generosity of students for the support of her daily life needs. Giving to the teacher, from the heart, whatever feels appropriate, is the practice of Dana.  It will also be possible to offer dana to The Mountain Hermitage to help cover the administrative and technical costs of offering this online retreat.

HOW TO MAKE AN OFFERING: At the end of the retreat, you can use your credit card on our online donation site Network For Good.   Or you can mail us a check with a piece of paper explaining how you would like your dana amount applied. The Mountain Hermitage is 501(c)(iii) tax-deductible charitable organization.  All dana checks made out to The Mountain Hermitage (and online dana offerings made to TMH) are tax deductible.  More information on this will be given toward the end of the retreat.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Kathy at:  hermitage@mountainhermitage.org. 




Cancellation fees apply to all confirmed registrations.

Cancellations received on or before February 1, 2021, including non-attendance at the retreat: your deposit cannot be refunded. CANCELLATION FEES WILL BE APPLIED TO THE MOUNTAIN HERMITAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Your deposit will be refunded completely if you participate in the retreat.


Anyone interested in attending this Metta-Upekkha online Dana retreat should read this document, the separate Practice Guidelines & the Online Retreat Guidelines.  As was mentioned before, because we have been having issues with our mail service, we prefer that you email us your completed Application form and Waiver of Liability form.  The email address to use is:  hermitage@mountainhermitage.org   Please “pay” your refundable deposit through our online donation site, Network For Good.  Click here to get to this site. 

If you MUST use the US postal service, please mail your completed application form, your completed Waiver of Liability form, and your deposit check/money order to: The Mountain Hermitage, PO Box 807, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557.  Checks and money orders should be made out to The Mountain Hermitage and the should be in US funds, drawn on a US bank.

Applications and deposits are requested no later than February 1, 2021. Late applications will be considered on a space available basis.  Applications will be accepted by mail or e-mail.  Deposits will be accepted by mail or via Network for Good.  Incomplete registrations, including those without sufficient deposit, will be returned for completion.

Each application will be carefully reviewed. In some cases, a personal or phone interview will be conducted with the guiding teacher prior to determination of suitability for this type of practice. All applications are processed by date received. We will respond within four weeks from receipt of your application.

If your application is not accepted for this retreat, your deposit will be returned.




Places are limited to 20 practitioners, so early application is advised. Once the retreat is full, you will be notified and placed on a wait list, and we will contact you if a place opens up. If it does not, then your deposit will be returned.

If you are placed on the wait list and you then cancel your registration before a space has become available, your deposit will be returned. If you are placed on a wait list and are unable to attend the retreat, please let us know immediately. As long as your name remains on a list, we assume you wish to attend.

If a space becomes available, we will automatically confirm your registration. Once you are confirmed for a retreat, you are liable for applicable cancellation fees if you subsequently cancel.


Printable Documents and Forms