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



Sixteen 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 five 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 $14,000 funding goal for 2020 and will help support an array of 2020-2021 retreat offerings that embody our core mission of bringing the Dhamma 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 2020 season off is the Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation Retreat from April 24 – May 1, 2020 taught by Brian Lesage.  Due to the recent COVID-19 Pandemic, this retreat will take place ON-LINE and is open to practitioners of all levels.  This retreat offers the opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day at home.

Our second retreat in 2020 is the Three-Week Summer Hermitage Retreat from July 8 – 29, 2020 with Ariya Baumann.  This retreat at the Columbine Inn in the Taos Ski Valley offers a unique opportunity for experienced Dhamma students.  Guidance for Vipassana, Brahma Vihara, as well as the Four Protective Reflections will be offered.    

Our third retreat, from September 4 – 17, 2020, was going to be a Samatha/Concentration Retreat taught by Sayalay Dipankara.  This retreat was cancelled due to visa issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are in the process of rescheduling this retreat for another year.  Please stay tuned!  At a future retreat, guidance will be offered for the development and nurturing of deep concentration leading towards Jhana in the lineage of Burmese meditation master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw.  This retreat will be open to experienced Dhamma students.

Our fourth retreat is a 10 Day People of Color Retreat for Experienced Students from October 3 – 13, 2020 at the Columbine Inn.  The guiding teachers for this retreat are Kamala Masters and DaRa Williams.  The retreat will offer an opportunity for deep 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 – 17, 2020, Annie Nugent will be teaching a Ten-Day Vipassana Retreat for Experienced Students at the Columbine Inn.  This Vipassana 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. 

We have three retreats already confirmed for 2021 and are in the process of confirming a couple other retreats.  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

Below is one retreat that we are in the process of finalizing.  Please stay tuned!

  • ONE-WEEK RETREAT in 2021 with Winnie Nazarko at Columbine Inn, Taos Ski Valley, NM

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.

The Mountain Hermitage continues to offer a short Dharma article in the e-flyers we send out every month. If you wish to receive these mailings, you can sign up for our mailing list by clicking on the Join Our Mailing List link.   It’s a good way to stay updated on our retreat offerings as well as receiving a monthly “nugget” of Dharma inspiration.  You can also be in touch by visiting our Facebook page.