Programs

Milarepa Center is currently offering one teaching/retreat/other event monthly. Please see our Calendar for what is upcoming. if you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive updates please write: director@milarepacenter.org

We also have several retreat cabins available for personal retreat. Five of our seven cabins are very rustic and without plumbing. Our one four-season cabin is fully equipped with kitchen and bathroom and can be rented by the day/week/month. To see pictures and read more about this very perfect retreat space click here.

What retreatants have to say about their stay at Milarepa Center:

“There is something so rare and precious about having a dedicated space for retreat.  At home, even if by some miracle I find myself with a weekend or week alone and free from outer distractions, because the habit of distraction is so strong in my daily life, i find it almost impossible to just sit. So I came to Milarepa to do personal retreat.  The stupa, shrine room, and prayer wheels brought the inspiration of realized masters, while the natural beauty of Vermont inspired the Milarepa inside of me—which I think is there in all of us when we connect to it—to sit, and sit more, and keep sitting.  Because the center is quiet, even the closest tiny house feels solitary.  And, for those who want to taste more of Milarepa’s own style, there are plenty of more rustic options to choose from.  With the caretakers’ presence, help with everything from running out of toothpaste to hitting a wall in practice is always available—and their wisdom and friendliness was greatly appreciated.  Yet, when help is not needed, spaciousness abounds.  Now that is a perfect place for wisdom and warmth to overflow from within!  Thank you Milarepa for this rare and precious space, and also to Harry and Merry for being such perfect caretakers :)”              -Ani Sangye Chodron, USA 2017

 

“My recent retreat at Mila was a return to my spiritual home — where Serkong Rinpoche had us walk through Mila’s 270 acres of rich woods and open meadows to look for our minds.  It was wonderful to look once more.”
-Dennis Winters, Canada 2017


“I have done two personal retreats at Milarepa Center. One was in a tiny upper cabin, the other in the beautiful little cabin next to the retreat house. Both provided extraordinary opportunities to delve into practice. First, the retreat master and the staff take everything into consideration so that all practical aspects are arranged with the retreatant prior to entering into retreat itself. This permits your retreat to flow unhindered. The retreat environment is perfect, from the cozy cabins with their shrine space to the outer shrine of the Vt. woods. This beautiful, peaceful forest with its many tiny brooks and chirping birds is as conducive to retreat as any temple. Even the occasion sound of a distant car on the highway only emphasizes a sense of peace and presence that draws one into meditation. There is also the fantastic shrine room in the retreat house itself with its incredible statues of Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa. Finally there is the retreat master herself. Kind, knowledgeable and considerate, she and those with her are as available as you need to assist you with whatever arises during your retreat. Respect for solitude is graciously honored but support and a willing ear is there should it be needed. Having done retreat at several places, there is none i find more conducive than Milarepa Center. May your retreat there be most auspicious!”    -Meredith M, Mexico 2017