Coming Home: A Retreat for Young Adults 18 – 30s

Loden Nyima

July 11–20, 2022

Tuition $500

The Pema Chödrön Foundation in partnership with Drala Mountain Center is happy to offer a Retreat for Young Adults.

This retreat for young adults is designed to give participants an experience of contemplative life. Our true nature is sacred and shared with everyone and everything in our environment. Connecting with this is how we come home. In this retreat we’ll do so through meditation practice, in-person group connection, and lots of time in nature. Our practice will be based on total friendliness and acceptance of ourselves and each other, feeling what we feel, and being who we are. We will deepen our connection with the natural world of earth, water, fire, wind, and space: we’re made of these, they give us life, and reveal our wisdom.

retreat for young adults, meditation, contemplationThe more we come home in this way together, the more grounded, connected, and free we are, and the more our natural wisdom and compassion can shine forth and guide our lives. It can also help us rejuvenate and heal whatever turmoil we go through. This may include the painful feelings of anxiety, despair, and exhaustion many any of us can experience amidst the challenges of a rapidly changing world, strained relationships, and a climate in crisis. These challenges call us to find the balance and wisdom needed to move ahead with a sense of clarity and purpose.

For millennia in Buddhism, precepts — guidelines for our actions that we agree to keep — have been used as a support for retreat practice, as well as in various forms for monastics and householders who wish to have such a foundation in their life. Precepts can help us relax and focus within a container of safety, simplicity, and harmony. During this retreat, we’ll keep the five Buddhist precepts which include protecting and not taking life, remaining sober, being truthful, not engaging in sexual relations with others during the length of time of the retreat, and not stealing (not that that’s usually an issue!).  As a symbol of this, we’ll wear an upper meditation shawl called a “dzen”.

We warmly welcome anyone interested who either has some background in meditation practice, or a deep interest to learn.

See Loden’s recent blog post on How to Meditate.

This program is offered by the Pema Chödrön Foundation in partnership with Drala Mountain Center.

What to Expect

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  • Between four to eight hours of daily meditation
  • Teachings and dharma talks
  • Groups activities and discussions
  • Periods of silence
  • Outdoor activities and time in nature
  • Individual meetings with meditation instructors
  • A schedule that supports rest and rejuvenation

Lodging

The cost of lodging for this retreat has been sponsored by the Pema Chödrön Foundation. The available lodging options are closest to the Red Feather Campus, where the retreat will be held. All shown lodging options are available for the same tuition cost of $500.

Registration Process

To apply, please complete the Coming Home Retreat Application and feel free to contact Loden at loden@shambhalamountain.org if that would be helpful in deciding whether to attend this retreat. Once accepted, you will receive a link to register.

Scholarships

If you would like a scholarship, you may indicate that in the Coming Home Retreat Application. BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.

Loden Nyima

Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he practiced intensively, completed Shedra studies, and served in various roles including as a Shastri. He now lives at Drala Mountain Center where he serves as Resident Teacher and a founding faculty member for the Summer Seminar and other programs. He spends a portion of each year in retreat, frequently travels to continue his own dharma education, and can often be seen jogging around the land at DMC.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. This program formally ends on the second to last day with the final day being a departure day only with no formal programming. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.