The Center regularly organizes silent meditation retreats in order to give practitioners an opportunity to deepen their spiritual practice. Usually we offer a five-day introductory retreat each spring and a nine-day retreat in the fall. Center retreats are by invitation only and are not open to the public. Normally, people become eligible to attend a spring retreat by enrolling in our Foundation Studies course or completing a significant portion of our Distance Studies course. Those who have completed a spring retreat become eligible to attend a fall retreat.

Upcoming Retreats

Note: Center retreats are by invitation only and are not open to the public.

View the latest retreat announcement

  • 2018 Fall Retreat (Oct. 13-17, 2018)
    Deconstructing the Delusion of Time (led by Joel, at CSS)
  • 2019 Spring Retreat (April 5-10, 2019)
    TBD (led by Hiromi, at Cloud Mt.)
  • 2019 Fall Retreat (Oct. 21-20, 2019)
    TBD (led by Joel, at Clout Mt.)

Most CSS retreats are held at a rustic, rural retreat center. For more information about registering or attending a CSS retreat, please contact a CSS teacher or mentor, or the CSS retreat coordinator.

Past Retreats

See our collection of group photos from past retreats.

  • 2018 Spring Retreat (March 25-30, 2018)
    Know Thyself (led by Todd and Luke, at Suttle Lake Camp)
  • 2017 Fall Retreat (Oct. 23-Nov. 1, 2017)
    Practicing Emotional Alchemy (led by Joel)
  • 2017 Spring Retreat (April 30-May 5, 2017)
    The Still Pond & The Hurricane (led by Fred)
  • 2016 Fall Retreat (Oct. 9-18, 2016)
    Uncovering the Sun (led by Joel)
  • 2016 Spring Retreat (April 10-15, 2016)
    Opening to Certainty (led by Todd)
  • 2015 Fall Retreat (Oct. 18-27, 2015)
    The Mysteries of Surrender (led by Joel)
  • 2015 Spring Retreat (April 26-May 1, 2015)
    Relinquishing Conditioning (led by Fred)
  • 2014 Fall Retreat (Oct. 27-Nov. 5, 2014)
    Be Still (led by Joel)
  • 2014 Spring Retreat (April 27-May 2, 2014)
    Cultivating Emotional Wisdom (led by Matt)
  • 2013 Fall Retreat (October 11-20, 2013)
    Returning to the Source (led by Joel)
  • 2013 Spring Retreat (April 12-17, 2013)
    Liberating Mind (led by Todd)
  • 2012 Fall Retreat (October 12-19, 2012)
    Untying the Knots of the Heart (led by Joel)
  • 2012 Spring Retreat (April 20-25, 2012)
    Uncovering One-Taste Consciousness (led by Fred)
  • 2011 Fall Retreat (October 7-16, 2011)
    Listening to the Stones, Again (led by Joel)
  • 2011 Spring Retreat (April 22-27, 2011)
    Returning to the Source (led by Matt Sieradski, with Fred Chambers)
  • 2010 Fall Retreat (October 8-17, 2010) 
    Generating Bliss(led by Joel)
  • 2010 Spring Retreat (April 16-21, 2010) 
    Returning to Stillness (led by Fred Chambers)
  • 2009 Fall Retreat (October 9-18, 2009) 
    Liberating Afflicted Emotions (led by Joel)
  • 2009 Summer Retreat (July 11-16, 2009) 
    Resting in Not-Knowing (led by Todd Corbett)
  • 2009 Spring Retreat (April 17-22, 2009)
  • Letting Go of Conditioning (led by Fred Chambers)
  • 2008 Fall Retreat (October 10-19, 2008)
    Back to Basics: Following the Four Principles (led by Joel)
  • 2008 Summer Retreat (July 25-30, 2008)
    Still the Pond, Empty the Sky (led by Fred Chambers and Joel)
  • 2008 Spring Retreat (April 18-23, 2008)
    The Radiance of Awareness (led by Todd Corbett)
  • 2007 Fall Retreat (October 12-21, 2007)
    Pointing to the Moon of Enlightenment (led by Joel)
  • 2007 Summer Retreat (June 15-20, 2007)
    Relinquishing Belief (led by Todd Corbett)
  • 2007 Spring Retreat (April 20-25, 2007)
    Abiding Like an Unshakable Mountain (led by Fred Chambers and Joel)
  • 2006 Fall Retreat (October 13-22, 2006)
    Know Thyself: The practice of inquiry (led by Joel)
  • 2006 Spring Retreat (April 21-26, 2006)
    Dying Into Life (led by Todd Corbett and Joel)
  • 2005 Fall Retreat (October 14-23, 2005)
    Fire in the Heart: The Practice of Devotion (led by Joel)
  • 2005 Spring Retreat (April 22-27, 2005)
    Testing the Teachings (led by Tom McFarlane and Joel)
  • 2004 Fall Retreat (October 15-24, 2004)
    Listening to the Stones (led by Joel)
  • 2004 Spring Retreat (April 16-21, 2004)
    Beginner's Mind (led by Tom McFarlane and Joel)
  • 2003 Fall Retreat (October 10-19, 2003)
    Why Aren't You Enlightened? (led by Joel)
  • 2003 Summer Retreat (July 18-23, 2003)
    Settling into Purity (led by Andrea)
  • 2003 Spring Retreat (April 25-30, 2003)
    Liberating Experience (led by Tom Kurzka and Joel)
  • 2002 Fall Retreat (October 11-20, 2002)
    Liberating Afflicted Emotions (led by Andrea)
  • 2002 Summer Retreat (July 26-31, 2002)
    Awakening the Heart of Devotion (led by Tom Kurzka and Joel)
  • 2002 Spring Retreat (April 19-24, 2002)
    Discerning Subtle Grasping and Aversion (led by Andrea)
  • 2001 Fall Retreat (October 11-20, 2001)
    Time and Eternity (led by Joel and Andrea)
  • 2001 Summer Retreat (July 20-25, 2001)
    Dismantling Delusion (led by Joel, with Tom Kurzka assisting)
  • 2001 Spring Retreat (April 20-25, 2001)
    Dancing with the Elements (led by Andrea)
  • 2000 Fall Retreat (October 6-15, 2000)
    Driving to the Root (led by Joel and Andrea)
  • 2000 Spring Retreat (April 28-May 3, 2000)
    Start Where You Are - Toglen Practice (led by Andrea and Joel)
  • 1999 Fall Retreat (October 8-17, 1999)
    Unconditional Surrender (led by Joel and Andrea)
  • 1999 Spring Retreat (April 23-28, 1999)
    The Wisdom of the Heart (led by Andrea and Joel)
  • 1998 Fall Retreat (October 9-18, 1998)
    Tasting Emptiness (led by Joel and Andrea)
  • 1998 Spring Retreat (May 29-June 3, 1998)
    Entering into Silence (led by Joel)
  • 1997 Fall Retreat (September 26-October 6, 1997)
    Cultivating Bliss (led by Joel)
  • 1997 Spring Retreat (April 18-23, 1997)
    Servanthood (led by Joel)
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