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April 12 - May 10, 2015
The Columbine Inn  
in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico 
(April 12-26 or April 26-May 10 Options)

Guiding Teacher:
Marcia Rose

Vipassana, Brahma Vihara & Concentration Guidance Available....
A unique opportunity for experienced Dharma practitioners to enter a supportive space of solitude & silence for intensive, independent meditation practice.
Marcia Rose is the founding and guiding teacher of The Mountain Hermitage. She has been studying and practicing Buddhist teachings and meditation with Asian and Western teachers since 1970, primarily in the Theravada-Vipassana  tradition. Her own teaching reflects a clear influence from the Burmese Mahasi Vipassana and Pa-Auk Forest Monastery lineages with authorization from Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw to teach Samatha and Jhanas in his lineage. She has also studied and practiced in the Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhist tradition with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Marcia was resident teacher for staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA from 1991-1995. She has been one of the teachers for the annual three-month retreat at IMS, and currently is an occasional visiting teacher at IMS and a regular visiting teacher at The Forest Refuge in Barre, MA.  Marcia teaches Vipassana, Concentration, Brahma Vihara, and Creative Process retreats in various U.S. and international venues, and is dedicated to offering these ancient and timeless teachings in ways that make them accessible and authentic for contemporary culture.   
      Sliding Scale Fees         
One Month/28 days:
$2186 -  $2586 -  $2986
2 weeks/14 days:
$1093 -  $1293 -  $1493
Partial Scholarships Available
Application Necessary

The Columbine Inn, in Taos Ski Valley, is a comfortable timber- frame lodge situated among tall pines at 9000 feet elevation in northern New Mexico's beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains..
Reflections,Inspirations & Intentions for the New Year from Guiding Teacher Marcia Rose
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from Guiding Teacher, Marcia Rose

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Mary Oliver


     Just about every human being and culture on this planet marks the passage of cyclical time in various ways. For many of us the closure of one cycle and the opening of a new cycle has just occurred via the ending of one year and the beginning of a new year. This particular marking of time often inspires reflection regarding how we've lived our life through the past year... how we've responded or reacted to what life has offered and the wisdom or folly of the decisions we've made. In light of our reflections, this is often also a time when we create heartful intentions and resolves towards living life more wisely, compassionately and joyfully.

     As Dhamma students and maybe also as devoted practitioners, we may find that our reflections, the deep questions and yearnings...the murmurings of our heart... often show up as variants of: "Can I be happy? Can I be at ease in this life and live with an abiding sense of well-being? What do I need to be truly happy and at ease in this life? How can I live with more grace, peace and compassion with all of the challenges and difficulties in this changing world...with all of challenges and difficulties within me and all around me?"

     As we move into this new cycle, rather than mulling or stewing over these questions and the various occurrences in our personal lives and in the world, we can open to and take these happenings and questions in as a motivating force and an inspiration towards connecting to and dropping more and more deeply into our practice. There's a wonderful Pali term in the Buddha Dhamma ... 'Samvega,' that's often translated into English as 'Spiritual Urgency'. The blossoming and manifestation of Samvega is directly related to our heartful intentions and resolves towards living life more wisely, compassionately and joyfully.

      As this new year begins, can we respond to and be inspired by the forces, the energies...the various 'messengers' that stir us...and move towards a heartfelt sense of urgency to practice and to  awaken... recognizing (again) that this is what will truly steer us towards the fruits of our deepest and most heartfelt wishes, intentions and resolves for ourselves and in relationship to others?


"I would like to learn, or remember how to live. I don't think I can learn from a wild animal how to live in particular - but I might learn something of  the purity of living in the physical senses and the dignity of living without bias or motive. The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice, hating necessity and dying at the last, ignobly in its talons. I would like to live as I should. And I suspect that for me the way is like the weasel's: open to time and death painlessly, noticing everything, remembering nothing, choosing the given with a fierce and pointed will."

Annie Dillard, from the first chapter 'Living Like Weasels'  

in her book Teaching a Stone to Talk 

More 2015 retreats...                                     (just click on retreat to go to website page)
June 27 - July 3, 2015  FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH INSIGHT MEDITATION with Brian Lesage
Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice based on moment-to-moment awareness, a technique that opens the heart and clears the mind. This will be an opportunity to practice continuous mindfulness in silence throughout the day - in sitting and walking meditation.

August 16 - 25, 2015  MANIFESTING SPIRITUAL ASPIRATION BY DEEPENING  PRACTICE: People Of Color Retreat For Experienced Students with Gina Sharpe  & Larry Yang
This retreat for Communities of Color will be the first such retreat of 10 days' duration for experienced students. We will deepen practice to live with integrity, kindness, attention and true service in our vulnerable world.

September 18-20, 2015 HEALING ECOLOGY - A BUDDHIST RESPONSE TO THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: A Weekend with Buddhist Teacher & Environmental Activist David Loy at San Geronimo Lodge
Does Buddhism provide any special insight into the ecological crisis? Do its teachings imply a different way of understanding the biosphere, and our relationship to it, which can really help us at this critical time in history, when we are doing so much to destroy it?

November 13 - 20, 2015 LISTENING, CONTEMPLATION &  MEDITATION: Study Retreat on The Art & Practice of Loving with Ven. Dhammadinna & Tenzin Jesse
This retreat will combine the practice and study of metta, or loving friendliness meditation. The Tenzin Jesse cropped close Buddha taught metta meditation to quell fear and anger, to promote harmonious  relationships, and to purify the mind in concentration. The benefits of this practice touch every aspect of our lives.
For more information on all these retreats, you can contact us....
Limited scholarship support available for all of our retreats. Application Necessary.
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May our practice serve towards the welfare, the happiness & the awakening of all beings.
"The more you sit, the more you learn about the real nature of your own existence. Tuan lotus reflection
The more hours you spend in meditation, the greater your ability to calmly
observe every impulse and intention, every thought and emotion just as it arises in the mind. Your progress to liberation is measured in cushion-man hours. And you can stop any time you've had enough. There is no stick over your head except your own desire to see the true quality of life, to enhance your own existence and that of others.." 
Bhante Gunaratana, from Mindfulness in Plain English