Programs

New Mexico Women of Color Fellowship Application

Open Dates

Hermitage

Flexible Dates

The Hermitage is the perfect setting for self retreat. Individuals and couples can find privacy and seclusion at the Hermitage, which is furnished with a queen size bed and hot plate for heating water (cooking is not permitted at the Hermitage). The Hermitage is heated, and its small deck faces south, making it an ideal spot […]

Vallecitos Scholarship Application

Open Dates

Please fill out the registration form for the retreat you would like to attend BEFORE filling out this scholarship application.

Vallecitos Rental Quesionairre

Open Dates

2017 Vallecitos Volunteer Application

Open Dates

Acupuncturists Without Borders Sponsored Retreat: Awakening to the Five Elements in the Wild, Deepening Your Practice Through Ancient Wisdom Traditions

May 13 - 18, 2017

With Anne Dellenbaugh, Diana Fried and Brigid Ting The course is open to all healers, health care practitioners, and those interested in the healing arts. This training will include:  Teachings on Five Elements  Personal guided Five Element explorations immersed in nature  Five Element Energy Medicine Yoga  Yoga Nidra  Qigong  Personal talk from Anne Dellenbaugh on […]

UNM Sponsored Retreat for Student Veterans

May 18 - 22, 2017

With Peggy Spencer, MD and Dana Moore, M.A.R., MA The UNM Student Veterans Retreat assists military veterans in the transition from military life to student life using these three interwoven components: Mindfulness training. Mindfulness has been defined as “present moment awareness without judgement.” Using simple breath and body awareness, you will learn to quiet your mind […]

Wisdom of No Technology

With Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner

May 27 - June 2, 2017

Our worlds are often demanding and competitive, a tangle of unrelenting pressures compounded by the pace new technologies demand while trying to give our best to our work and personal lives. Seldom is there time to stop, take stock of where we are and rediscover the gifts of our extraordinary senses, the depths of the […]

Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together

With DaRa Williams, Erin Treat, Sebene Selassie and Solwazi Johnson (Assistant)

June 2 - 7, 2017

The inspiration to offer this retreat emerged from its teachers, as a result of many years of being together in dharma practice, teaching, and spiritual friendship.  The retreat will be grounded in the teachings of the Four Noble Truths, the refuges, and the practices of lovingkindness and compassion.  This unique retreat will offer regular vipassana […]

Meditation Retreat for People of Color

With Mushim Ikeda, Bonnie Duran and Vance Pryor (Assistant)

June 16 - 21, 2017

In many traditions, people journey into the wilderness for contemplation and purification. How often do we have the opportunity to connect to our deepest intentions and to experience spiritual renewal? Taking place at 9,000 feet in pristine meadowland in New Mexico, the Vallecitos People of Color Retreat is designed to offer and support a practical […]

Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

With Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean

June 22 - 29, 2017

During this 7-day Insight meditation retreat, we will learn to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma. Using a hybrid of mindfulness, loving-kindness and compassion meditation techniques, we will develop emotional balance by uncovering what blocks us from our own well-being, and begin to […]

Insight Meditation Retreat

With Trudy Goodman, Wes Nisker and Grove Burnett

June 29 - July 6, 2017

We invite you to follow the advice of the Buddha and come to the forest for a traditional insight meditation retreat. People who have done meditation practice in a wilderness setting are profoundly moved by the experience and often report a new sense of enchantment and connection with the world. This meditation retreat is designed […]

Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman

July 7 - 13, 2017

“The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we yet know how to ask.”  – Nancy Newhall Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the […]

Drinking from the Inner River: A Women’s Meditation Retreat in Nature

With Anne Cushman and Erin Treat

July 15 - 19, 2017

Nourish your wild spirit and reconnect with your own deepest nature in an embodied meditation retreat specifically designed to honor the unique needs and treasures of a woman’s journey.  In the company of rushing rivers, clear ponds, abundant wildlife, and ancient ponderosa pines, we’ll reunite with our bodies, our hearts, and our own innate wholeness, compassion, and intuitive wisdom. […]

Mindfulness in Education Residential Retreat

With Erin Treat and Kate Munding

July 21 - 26, 2017

Educators know that come springtime graduation, our reserves and abilities to be energized, generous, present and sincerely engaged and enjoying our day-to-day endeavors are often depleted and taxed. To do our vital work well, we need to give ourselves the time and support to reignite, recharge, and continue to develop the capacities of our hearts and minds to be caring and present […]

Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation Retreat

With Michelle McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

July 26 - August 4, 2017

Develop your heart’s capacity for liberatory clarity and kindness with this unique integration of Metta (lovingkindness) and Vipassana (insight) practices. Experience the richness of quietude in the beautiful Vallecitos wilderness while cultivating the wisdom of Vipassana and the tenderness of the 4 Brahma Viharas: Unconditional Love, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity. Michele and Jesse are enthusiastic about supporting yogis with both technical […]

Cultivating the Inner Holding Environment: An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan and Ron Siegel

August 5 - 12, 2017

We are pleased to offer the 9th annual mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals at Vallecitos. Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out […]

Working with Challenging Mind States and their Antidotes: An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan and Willa Miller

August 12 - 19, 2017

Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a pristine retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart […]

The Natural Path to the Heart’s Liberation: A Silent Vipassana Retreat in the Forest

With Brian LeSage and Erin Treat

August 19 - 25, 2017

Join us to practice the timeless teachings of the Buddha as a pathway to discover inner peace, freedom, and the compassionate heart.  This retreat is designed to offer and support a practical introduction to insight meditation, known as Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition.  Insight meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and […]

Sacred Sound, Insight And Silence: Meditation And Music In The Deep Woods

With Jennifer Berezan and Erin Treat

August 28 - September 1, 2017

The retreat will combine two ancient spiritual practices–meditation and music–as a path to opening one’s heart and uncovering one’s true nature. There will be a progressive training, with guided instruction, in the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation, including periods of sitting and walking meditation in silence. Woven throughout the meditation practice, participants will engage in a […]

Natural Wisdom and Compassion

With Alexis Santos and Steve Armstrong

September 1 - 8, 2017

During this weeklong retreat, we will explore and cultivate the practice of awareness that leads to liberation and well-being. There will be an emphasis on understanding “how to practice”  as taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. When the mind is supported by skillful knowledge and is unclouded by confusion, greed or negativity, reality is accurately recognized. […]

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 5-day Training Retreat

With Kristy Arbon and Megan Leuchars

September 9 - 14, 2017

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, PhD, and integrated with the clinical perspective of Chris Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding. Self-compassion is the emotional attitude […]

Applied Mindfulness Skills Training for Healthcare Providers

September 14 - 17, 2017

With Jane McGrath, MD  

Awakening the Heart in Nature

With Peter Williams and Victoria Wolf Capron

September 29 - October 4, 2017

This retreat will help participants connect with their heart through meditation and immersion in nature. Contact with nature offers a place of healing for difficult states such as sadness and fear, while activating our joy, inspiration, and delight. Meditation allows us to feel all our emotions, bringing kindness to whatever arises, while letting go of […]

Mindfulness 101: Introduction to the Fundamentals, In the Mountains!

With Grove Burnett and Ann Friedman, PhD (Assistant)

October 5 - 8, 2017

How often have you wondered what mindfulness and meditation are all about?  How exactly does it work?  Does it do any good? Do regular people do it? Isn’t it just running away from reality, escaping the world? In the last decade mindfulness has exploded onto the American landscape and the science of meditation has skyrocketed.    […]

UNM Sponsored Retreat for Student Veterans

October 11 - 15, 2017

With Peggy Spencer, MD and Dana Moore, M.A.R., MA The UNM Student Veterans Retreat assists military veterans in the transition from military life to student life using these three interwoven components: Mindfulness training. Mindfulness has been defined as “present moment awareness without judgement.” Using simple breath and body awareness, you will learn to quiet your mind […]