A retreat is an opportunity to enjoy simple and peaceful living, and to learn how to cultivate the energy of mindfulness.  Attending a retreat is a vital way to nourish our practice, deepen our awareness, and cultivate our compassion and kindness toward ourselves and others.

SnowFlower Spring Day of Mindfulness 2018

A one day sangha building retreat for SnowFlower attendees on March 17, 2018 at Holy Wisdom Monastery. SF Spring Day of Mindfulness 2018

2017 SnowFlower Retreat Reflections

“Attending a SnowFlower retreat is like drinking a glass brimming with cool water on a scorching day. Retreats refresh me so that I can plunge back into the busyness and the hectic pace of regular life. Surrounding me with a friendly community and the lushness of nature, they refill my inner peace and calm so I can deal with the challenges that come my way. You don’t need to have any experience with meditation or Buddhism to try one. Everyone at SnowFlower made me feel like I belonged when I attended my first retreat. Give one a try and find out what a difference they can make in your life.”
Ed Maxwell


What a wonderful weekend retreat.

Gathered amid ancient hills and valleys,

To study and meditate on ancient learnings.

Nature is always present with whispering winds,

And falling leaves and changing skies,

Bringing awareness of the ever changing parts of our lives.

The silent surroundings helping us understand,

The gentle teachings showing us a pathway,

To finding an awareness that happiness and peace,

Are always present in each of us.

Doug Lien


Retreats at Thich Nhat Hahn Monasteries

Retreats led by SnowFlower Teachers

Thaypassana 2018 “Doing the Next Right Thing” Led by  Steven Spiro, Janice Cittasubha Sheppard and David Haskin

Resources from Past Retreats