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



Seventeen 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 six 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 $13,000 funding goal for 2021 and will help support TMH and an array of 2020-2021 TMH retreat offerings that embody our core mission of bringing the Dhamma to life.  The Mountain Hermitage is navigating these uncertain and turbulent waters as best it can.  But make no mistake – it is wholly the support and shared mission commitment of friends in the Dhamma 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 as an organization and to continue offering retreats in the upcoming year and beyond… At this time of great uncertainty, we find ourselves in the unique situation of offering retreats which may or may not happen due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have shifted gears toward offering online practice opportunities and we have much gratitude to the Dhamma teachers and practitioners who continue to support us and our mission.  We are blessed indeed!!  


2020 Autumn-Winter Retreat Offerings

Marcia Rose will be offering 4 Sunday International Sangha Mini-Retreats ONLINE on the following dates:  September 27, 2020; October 25, 2020; November 22, 2020; and December 27, 2020. 

Another online retreat is the Half Day People of Color ONLINE Retreat on October 10, 2020.  The guiding teachers for this retreat are Kamala Masters and DaRa Williams.  This retreat will offer an opportunity for exploration of what constitutes authentic personal expression of the traditional teachings and what bridges the contexts of practice between the Buddha’s time and our present day cultures.

Finally, from November 8 – 12, 2020, Marcia Rose with teaching assistant Kristina Bare will be teaching a Five-Day Concentration/Samatha ONLINE Retreat for Experienced Students at the Columbine Inn.  This Concentration retreat supports the strengthening of mindfulness which leads to wisdom.  This retreat is open to experience students so please check out the retreat prerequisites on the web page. 


2021 Retreat Offerings

We have four retreats confirmed for 2021 but given the current situation and uncertainty, we are not sure if these retreats will happen either in person or online.   Please keep checking our website for updates!

April 13 – 27, 2021  Venerable Dhammadippa

June 11 – 18, 2021   Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation with Brian Lesage

August 13 – 20, 2021  Gregory Scharf

November 6 – 15, 2021  10-Day Vipassana Retreat for Experienced Students with Annie Nugent

See our Retreat and Event Schedule for extensive information on all these 2020 retreats — including the Practice Guidelines document, the Application Form and Scholarship Forms.




“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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