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

Fourteen 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 2018 and will help support an array of 2018-2019 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 2018 season off is the week-long Finding Freedom Through Insight Meditation Retreat from April 13 – 20, 2018.   We are honored that this is the fourth retreat for all experience levels that is taught by Brian Lesage at the Columbine Inn in the Taos Ski Valley, NM.   

Our second retreat in 2018 is the Three-Week Summer Hermitage Retreat from June 9 – 30, 2018 taught by TMH founder & guiding teacher Marcia Rose.   This retreat at the Columbine Inn in the Taos Ski Valley offers a unique opportunity for experienced Dharma practitioners.  Guidance for Vipassana, Brahma Vihara, and Concentration practices will be available.

Our third retreat from September 7-9, 2018, is a unique two and a half day weekend Eco-Dharma Workshop/Retreat with David Loy.  This retreat will be held at Columbine Inn and the schedule will include sitting & walking practices, discussion, and gentle outdoor activities.

Finally, from November 9-16, 2018, 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.  This retreat is also open to all experience levels.

See our Retreat and Event Schedule for extensive information on all these 2018 retreats — including the Practice Guidelines document, the Application Form and Scholarship Forms.

At this time we have scheduled three retreats for 2019.  We are in the process of confirming more retreats, so please keep checking our website for updates!

The first retreat will be a special 17-day Spring Hermitage Retreat with Marcia Rose from April 12 – 28, 2019 at the Columbine Inn, Taos Ski Valley.  The Hermitage Retreat is our “flag ship” retreat and we hope that you will be able to join us!

Next, we will be offering the Five Week Summer Vipassana Retreat with the Venerable Sayadaw Vivekananda & Marcia Rose.  This retreat will take place from June 2 – July 7, 2019 and will be at the Columbine Inn in the Taos Ski Valley, NM.  This retreat will follow a specific format based on the Mahasi approach to Vipassana practice, with The Progress of Insight as its basis.

In November of 2019, Annie Nugent will return to teach a 10-day Vipassana Retreat for Experienced Students.  The dates are from November 11-20, 2019 and the location is the Columbine Inn, Taos Ski Valley.  We are so happy to be able to offer this retreat with Annie!


“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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