Retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

Waunita Hot SpringsNovember 16-19, 2017 – Cultivating Bodhicitta: Developing Compassion to Transform Yourself and the World.

We are very excited to be able to offer another retreat at the beautiful Waunita Hot Springs Ranch, located just outside of Gunnison, Colorado.  This will be our 8th retreat there and we have found it to be a very conducive environment to deepen our practice.

John Bruna

John Bruna

The emphasis of this retreat is to provide an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding Bodhicitta and be able to apply it in practical and meaningful ways in their daily lives. Bodhicitta (Great Compassion) is foundational to Mahayana Buddhist teachings. Though these teachings are Buddhist, they contain universal truths and effective methods for people of all faiths and spiritual beliefs to deal with everyday mental and emotional sufferings and cultivate inner peace, well-being and resiliency.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama describes Bodhicitta as “kindness combined with the highest intelligence.” Once we are able to generate this state of mind, our lives are completely transformed. Obstacles and difficulties become opportunities to fully develop ourselves and be able to engage in lives more skillfully.

The retreat will be facilitated by John Bruna and will include teachings, meditation, journaling and discussion. 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 precious 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. He always points out that knowing Dharma is not nearly as helpful as practicing Dharma.

Retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch

This is a three day retreat that includes meals and use of the Hot Springs. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening and ends on a Sunday afternoon. The fees for the retreat cover the food, lodging, and costs of renting the ranch. As with all of our programs, the teachings are offered on a free will donation basis. The meals will be vegetarian.

Dates: Thursday November 16 to Sunday, November 19th (Begins with Dinner around 6:00 pm and ends around mid-day Sunday)

Cost: $340 shared room, $410 private room for the retreat. This covers meals, lodging, and use of the hot springs. The teachings are offered for donation (dana). Donations for the teachings go to the Way of Compassion and are tax-deductible. You and can make a donation online using a credit card or at the retreat.

Registration: You can register online below. Enter your name/s, number of participants, and single or shared room. Then click on the retreat payment button. If you would like to pay by check, contact us at or call 970-510-0583.

Scholarship Fund: If you would like to make a donation to help someone else attend that needs a scholarship, please use the donation below and type in “scholarship” instead of your name in the registration box. All scholarship donations are tax-deductible. On behalf of those in need, we thank you.

Name/s, Number of Participants, Shared or Single Room

Tentative Retreat Schedule

3:oo pm to 5:30  pm – Check-In
6:00 pm or 6:30 pm – Dinner
7:30pm to 9:00 pm Opening talk/teaching

Friday and Saturday (Noble silence is observed in the morning until brunch)
Light breakfast foods and coffee in dining hall
7:30 am – 8:30 am Morning Meditation
9:00 am – 10:45am Teaching and Meditation
11:00 Brunch
12:00 pm – 2:00pm Break/personal time
2:00 pm 5:00 pm Teaching and meditation
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Teaching and meditation

Sunday (Noble silence observed until after the morning meditation)
Light breakfast foods and coffee in dining hall
7:30 am – 8:30 am Morning Meditation
9:00 am to 11:00 am Wrap up – Teaching and meditation
11:00 am Brunch/ farewells
You may stay and soak in the hot springs if you would like.

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