• Dana offered to the center for attending this retreat (please choose an amount to offer for this retreat)

Date & Time Details:
12:00p - 3:00p Registration
4:30p Welcome Walk
5:30p Dinner
7:00p Opening Ceremony
*schedule subject to change

Location: Big Bear Retreat Center

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

Contact: Big Bear Retreat Center

Covid Policy: please plan to bring your own tests
-Proof of negative rapid test taken same day of arrival
-Masks and vaccines are optional
(subject to change based on local guidelines)


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Dharma Dharma: The Unfolding of Nature

With LC Tran

September 4 - 8, 2024

Camping and Awareness in Nature

Wednesday, September 4th – Sunday, September 8th
Registration closes August 21st at 11:59pm Pacific Time

A retreat offered in the Thai forest tradition. Participants must submit an application, interview with the teacher, and be approved to attend.

This unique retreat will be offered by Leinchi (LC) Tran as a more informal week of practice in community and nature following the more traditional practices of the Thai forest tradition. Retreatants will be camping (1-2 bedroom spots available), following their own practice routine, and have daily interviews with the teacher. Access to one indoor cabin common space (kitchen and restrooms) is available. Only lunch will be served (self-service breakfast will be available) and no dinner will be served.

Dharma means nature. The Dharma-Dharma retreat is a unique format, which invites yogis to experience and learn about our own nature (body and mind) while immersed in the nature all around us.

In this retreat, we will utilize the ancient technique of living simply with noble silence and staying within body and mind, while learning through observing the unfolding of nature. By being in a community where everyone is oriented toward mindfulness and wisdom, the mind will learn to relate to other beings and to itself in a more sacred and loved way. Walking under the sky, sitting under the trees, sleeping in tents, and gathering in a circle for Dharma discussion…our modern, conditioned systems will be reset and refreshed for a better way of living.

What to expect: Designated camping in nature spots, first come, first choice. Bring your own camping gear or arrange for rental before you arrive to BBRC.  Simple, vegetarian meals (self-serve breakfast and lunch, afternoon alms round) and offerings at the center, dharma talks and instruction, spacious time for practice in nature.  We will become more familiar with the working of our minds, and also more wise in how we see and respond to experience.

Open to all experience levels, there will be an interview with the teacher pre-retreat to explain the practice and determine suitability for this retreat.

Space is limited-apply soon to ensure your spot!


All attendees should plan to arrive and check in between 12pm-3pm on the first day of the retreat.

There will be an evening talk for everyone and daily check-ins; everyone is asked to please plan to attend these.

Practice time throughout the day will be open and flexible to each individual.


Dana-based (donation) at any rate above $0

This retreat is offered as a dana-based fee (any amount above $0). The practice of Dana is to give freely from the heart. Please consider giving an amount that is comfortable for you to support this retreat’s fees.

*retreat donations do not include teacher dana-donations: more information below*

Application Process:

All participants must first apply to join this retreat. Applications will be reviewed within 14 days of submission.

Teacher Dana: 

As part of the Buddhist tradition, many teachers (including the teachers of this retreat) offer the teachings freely with no expectations of fees or payment. As a practice of generosity from the heart, participants are invited to offer “dana” (donations-generosity) to the teachers at the end of the retreat. There are no minimums, expectations, or guidelines. It is not required. Teachers do not receive retreat fees, apart from travel reimbursement support. Learn more here about the practice of dana.

Planning your trip: If you are booking a flight for your trip our recommendation is to search for flights to the Ontario Airport (ONT) whenever possible. If your travel plans require you to land at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) we highly recommend arriving at least one day prior to your arrival at BBRC for retreat. Registration opens on Arrival day from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Most retreats close by noon or later on departure day so please allow yourself adequate time for travel to the airport. Please visit our Getting to Big Bear page on our website for more detailed travel recommendations.

Ride-share: Ride-sharing / Carpooling is highly encouraged, and is one of the most convenient ways to travel to Big Bear Retreat Center. For this retreat we have set up a self-organized ride-share page that you can visit at anytime before, we will send email reminders closer to the retreat.  Visit the ride-share page

Covid Policies: For this retreat we are requiring a proof of a negative rapid test on arrival day for all yogis, teachers and staff. Masking and vaccines are optional.

Guests are asked, when possible, to bring their own rapid tests or test before travel on arrival day. Tests will be provided by the center by request only.

For any questions please contact or visit our website

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

  • > 4 weeks   20%
  • < 4 weeks   No Refunds


LC Tran
Lien-Chi (who prefers to be called simply “LC”) was born into a Mahayana Buddhist family. She began to practice mindfulness in 1986 with Thay Thich Nhat Hanh. In 1994, Lienchi met Venerable Khippapanno. His kindness and wisdom swayed her to convert to the Theravada tradition. Since then she has been going on retreats regularly in Burma, Thailand, California, and Massachusetts (IMS). Lienchi has ordained 3 times and attended many retreats, ranging from 10 days to 1 year with Venerable Khippapanno, Luang Por Sumedho, Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and other IMS Teachers. In 2015, Lienchi left her career as…
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