Waunita Hot Springs

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind

October 13-16 2022

We are grateful to be able to once again return to Waunita Hot Springs Ranch. We have been hosting retreats at Waunita since 2012 and it has always been a special place for us. We have found it to be a very conducive environment to deepen our practice with wisdom, compassion, and nature.

John Bruna
John Bruna

The emphasis of this retreat is to provide an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding and practice of the foundational teaching, the four thoughts that turn the mind to Dharma, or as John often reframes it, “an accurate understanding of our current situation and opportunities.”

The four thoughts are incredibly motivating, empowering you to fully engage in the rare and precious life that you have. They are deep reflections done daily that wake you up from routine, mundane existence and inspire you to extract the most of each day. They cover:

  1. The qualities of the precious human life you have.
  2. The reality of impermanence and death, the opportunities that we have now are not going to last – each day only comes once and we don’t know how many we have.
  3. Understanding the true causes of happiness and suffering, laws of cause and effect.
  4. Understanding the very nature of conditioned existence and disadvantages focusing only on mundane, worldly concerns.

One does not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these practices; they are universal to people of all faiths, traditions, and cultures.

“Understanding that the precious freedom of this rebirth is found only once, Is greatly meaningful and difficult to find again, Please bless me to generate the mind that unceasingly, day and night, takes its essence.” – Lama Tsongkhapa

The retreat will be facilitated by John Bruna and will include teachings, meditation, discussion, and personal time. The first half of the day will include periods of silence and reflection and the afternoons and evenings will include discussions and question-and-answer periods.  John has a particular gift for making these valuable teachings accessible and practical for our modern lifestyles. All of his teachings focus on preparing students to properly engage in authentic practice in ways that are effective and meaningful to them.

Retreat Details

This is a three-day retreat that includes, lodging, meals, and use of the Hot Springs. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening and ends on a Sunday around 11 to 11:30 am. The meals will be vegetarian.

Dates: October 13-16, 2022, (Begins with Dinner around 6:00 pm and ends around mid-day Sunday)

Cost: $435 per person for a shared room. $535 per person for a private room. The price for the retreat is all-inclusive for the retreat, lodging, breakfast and dinner (light snacks midday),  and hot springs and is not tax-deductible. As with all of our programs, the teachings are offered on a free-will donation basis. You may make a tax-deductible donation for the teachings either at the retreat or online below.

*Registrants must be fully vaccinated and boosted to attend the retreat. 

Previous Attendees: We have a new pricing agreement and schedule with Waunita. Please review the new retreat schedule below.

Register:  You can register securely online with a credit card, using the links below. If you prefer to pay by check, contact us at [email protected] or (970) 704-5512.

*Currently there are only 3 spots left!

Donations for the teachings are always optional, tax-deductible, and can be made online or at the retreat. The teachings are always offered on a free-will donation basis. We never charge for Dharma. John offers his time to support the center. If you would like to make a secure donation online, you can use the link below or offer one at the retreat.

Offer a tax-deductible donation

Retreat Schedule

3:oo pm to 5:30  pm: Check-In
6:00 pm or 6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: Opening Session

Friday and Saturday (Noble silence is observed in the morning until brunch)

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Morning Meditation
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Breakfast
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break/Personal Time – light snacks
2:00 pm 5:00 pm: Afternoon Session
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Evening Session

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Meditation
9:00 am – 9:45 am: Breakfast
10: 00 – 11:30 am:  Closing Session and Farewells
You may stay and soak in the hot springs if you would like.