By donation

Date & Time Details: Checkin: 2-4pm / Checkout: 12pm

Location: Big Bear Retreat Center

Address: 1000 Sugarpine Road, Big Bear, CA, USA

Contact: Big Bear Retreat Center

Rideshare & Extra Stays:

Covid Policy: We are requiring rapid testing on arrival day. Optional masking and vaccine.

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[ONLINE] Dharmapala Retreat January 2024

January 4 - 9, 2024

We are happy to offer this retreat as a Dana/Donation-based retreat for the DPT2 community. This will be an online retreat with the option to attend (via your computer) in Big Bear. Meals, accommodations, and very light programming will be offered.

Please complete registration by December 22nd, 2023.

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This retreat is offered at a dana/donation-based rate, we’ve offered some suggested donation ranges. At registration, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a donation amount.


About this Retreat (Online In-Person)

Included in this retreat are meals, accommodations, and some light programming. This will be an opportunity to sit the online retreat from the center with some of the support and structure of a retreat. Wi-fi will be available in cabins and common spaces. You will have the opportunity to attend the retreat from your personal computer from your room/cabin or the meditation hall (with headphones). We will offer meals during the meal breaks and some hiking options.

Guests may add additional guests to their room (or cabin if space permits). We have limited triple rooms and several double rooms. Contact us if any special accommodations may be needed or questions arise to accommodate yourself or your group.

More details will be sent out closer to the retreat.

We’ll offer meals according to match your online retreat schedule. There will be opportunities to self-organize with your fellow attendees in the community.



We have set up a rideshare page here for participants to self-organize.
Please reach out if you would like us to set up a car service or shuttles.



Arrivals and Departures: 

January 4th: 2-4pm Arrivals and Registration (dinner first meal served)
*note: online retreat begins January 5th. Arrival to center is set for the 4th to allow folks to settle into the space and center before kicking off online. 

January 9th: 12pm Checkout (breakfast last meal served)
*note: this may adjust to January 10th, depending on the online retreat schedule

**flexibility of early arrival or late stays are possible**


Room Assignments and Accommodations: Given that the size of the retreat will be smaller, priority will be given to single rooms for all. If the size of the retreat is bigger, then we will offer shared rooms for those that indicated.

Covid Policies: For this retreat we are requiring a rapid test on arrival day. Masking and vaccines are optional.
Guests are asked to bring their own rapid tests or test before travel on arrival day. Tests will be available at center for those that did not bring.





The Center consists of several single-story buildings and cabins for dining, meditation and sleeping. Our residence cabins are large furnished and comfortable with 3-4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, living rooms, a full kitchen and decks outside in nature for shared use. Our residential cabins and rooms are simply furnished with a balance of comfort and simplicity. All beds are twin, and all bedding is provided by the center.


The Meditation Hall:

Our beautiful meditation hall is a large room that accommodates most meditation and movement retreats. We have supplies for most participants, but guests are always welcome to bring their own supplies (not required). Guests can typically expect to have access to a zabutan (large cushion), zafu (small cushion), yoga mat, blocks, a meditation chair, a blanket and a selection of other yoga and meditation props with limited supplies. If you’re unsure, please contact us or visit our welcome guide for more details.




The Center provides fresh, healthy meals made with seasonal and organic ingredients to support a nourishing time in retreat. Meals begin with dinner on arrival evening through to breakfast on departure morning. For this retreat, meals will be offered to support meditation retreat practice with a simple medium breakfast, hearty lunch, and light dinner (typically soup and salad). All meals will be vegetarian, and we accommodate most major dietary restrictions. Snacks will be available in the dining hall 24/7, including teas and coffees. The Center has refrigerators in the cabins and dining area for guests to store their own snacks – please bring any foods that might support your time here.


For any questions about the retreat center or your registration please contact or visit our website

Cancellation Policy: Please visit our website for more on the cancellation policy for this retreat-

  • > 8 weeks   $100
  • 4-8 weeks   $175
  • 2-4 weeks   $300
  • <2 weeks    No Refunds
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