Half-Day People of Color ONLINE Retreat


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 with  Kamala Masters & DaRa Williams

October 10, 2020

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (PDT*)

*PDT = Pacific Daylight Time



With the heartbreaking news of the past months, we have found much refuge in our practice.  As a result, we are moved to share this offering and to support a larger coming-together of our sangha at this time.  In this half-day retreat, we will focus on cultivating a quality of conscious presence that embraces our heart, mind and body with compassion and wisdom.  The time we have together will be used wisely… learning and practicing how awareness can open to the joys and sorrows of life.  In doing so, we become more confident of our ever-increasing sensitivity, stability, kindness and wisdom.  From that place, we are better able to activate those qualities in our communities and in the world during this time of great need.

The practices of generosity, harmonious moral conduct, loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity, and the liberation practice of Vipassana are the basic core values we are guided by.  We do this to help us remember, understand, value, and realize what it truly means to be a human being of compassion and wisdom, and to return that back into our communities.

We will be offering guidance and teachings that support the heart and mind to be in deep alignment with our highest aspirations for wisdom and compassion within us, and in the world.

Please feel free to pass this invitation on to POC meditators you know who might be interested in this opportunity.  We would be so honored if you would join us and an online community of other practitioners for this retreat.

Please feel free to contact the Hermitage office if you have questions.  Printable forms are at the bottom of this page. 




We invite People of Color practitioners of all levels.   You will need to complete a registration form for the retreat.


Kamala Masters began practicing meditation in the mid-seventies attending retreats in the Theravada tradition. In 1977 she met Anagarika Munindra, her first teacher, who taught her the value of being mindful in everyday life. In 1985, she began to practice vipassana and metta meditations intensively with Sayadaw U Pandita with whom she temporarily ordained as a Buddhist nun in 2001 and 2003. In 2005, she began practicing cittanupassana, contemplation of mind, with Sayadaw U Tejaniya. She integrates this teaching with what she has learned from her other respected teachers.

Since the early nineties, Kamala has been teaching in the United States and abroad, and is a Guiding Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society.  In 1995 she co-founded Vipassana Metta Foundation (https://vipassanametta.org/wp/) with Steve Armstrong, developing the Maui Dhamma Sanctuary for experienced students to practice and to receive continuing guidance from the teachers. She served as an editor on the Vipassana Metta Foundation Translation Committee for Mahasi Sayadaw’s Manual of Insight, published by Wisdom Publications in 2016.

Kamala strives for extended periods of self-retreat each year. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve and to grow in the Dhamma.



DaRa Williams is a trainer, meditation teacher and psychotherapist. DaRa has been a meditator for the past 25 years and is a practitioner of both Vipassana and Ascension meditation. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program and is a Guiding Teacher at IMS. She is the Program Manager and a core teacher in the current IMS Teacher Training.

DaRa has been a clinician and administrator in the field of Mental Health for over 25 years and currently maintains a private practice in Manhattan. She is the NYC Program Manager and certified trainer and practitioner of Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma.

DaRa integrates these skills, understandings, wisdom traditions and worldviews in her intention for contributing to the ending of suffering for all beings. “It is my belief that vipassana meditation and the dharma are ideal for transforming suffering, particularly the trauma of oppression and its many vicissitudes-where the chains around our minds and hearts can be broken and dissolved. Awareness and wisdom become the vehicle for freedom and transforming lives.”


In order to assist with various administrative costs, we ask that you pay a modest registration fee of $10 – $35 (sliding scale.)  This being said, no one will be turned away from participating in this very special offering.  There is no fee for monastics.  Any amount paid over $20 (actual cost) is a tax-deductible donation.  Please send your registration fee with your registration form.

Please pay by check or money order in US funds, drawn on a US bank. We cannot accept foreign cash or bank drafts, but we can accept international money orders in US dollars.  Checks/money orders should be made payable to THE MOUNTAIN HERMITAGE.

If you would like to pay by credit card, please contact Kathy at the Mountain Hermitage office:  hermitage@mountainhermitage.org

The Mountain Hermitage will gratefully receive donations to our scholarship fund to enable those in financial need to attend this retreat. Donations are tax-deductible and should be marked ‘Scholarship Fund’.

  Kitchen and dining6DANA

The registration fee only covers basic expenses and operating costs. The teachers offer the Buddha Dhamma without any set fee, and totally depend on DANA – on the generosity of their students and benefactors – for the support of their 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.

Giving to the teacher from the heart is the practice of Dana. It is a practice that supports the giver as well as the receiver.  It beautifies one’s own heart as well as supports our teachers so that they can continue to serve in the Dhamma.  When one practices Dana, one is fulfilling the Three Pillars of the Dhamma… Dana, Sila, and Bhavana.  You may also wish to offer Dana to the staff or to the Hermitage itself to support operating expenses or future scholarships.



Cancellation fees apply to all confirmed registrations.

Cancellations received on or before October 2, 2020: your registration fee will be returned in total.

Cancellations received on or after October 3, 2020, including non-attendance at the retreat: your registration fee cannot be refunded.


In the event of specific, unusual emergency circumstances, the cancellation policy can be discussed with The Mountain Hermitage Office Manager after the retreat is concluded.  If you attend the retreat but for some reason decide on your own to leave early, the deposit and balance you have paid cannot be refunded to you.



Anyone interested in attending this half day retreat must have read this document. Then, complete the Registration Form and Waiver of Liability, attach your registration fee, and mail to: The Mountain Hermitage, PO Box 807, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557.

You can also download the Word versions of the registration form and the liability waiver, fill it out on your computer, and then email it to:  hermitage@mountainhermitage.org    If you would like to pay your registration fee online, please contact Kathy at hermitage@mountainhermitage.org.

Incomplete registrations, including those without sufficient deposit, will be returned for completion.

Each registration form will be carefully reviewed.   All registration forms are processed by date received. We will respond within four weeks from receipt of your registration form.

Printable Documents and Forms

Introduction (print-friendly version of this page)

Practice Guidelines

Registration Form

Registration Form (Word version)

Waiver of Liability

Waiver of Liability (Word version)

Special Flyer