Date and Time Details: Anytime in January, minimum of 3 nights. Check-in at the Wonderwell Office 3-5pm on the day of arrival. Check-out is noon on your last day of retreat.

Location: Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Address: 253 Philbrick Hill Road
Springfield, NH 03284

Registrar's Office

Requirements: The Dathun is open to beginner and experienced meditators. Individuals planning to stay longer than 10 days must supply a recommendation from their personal meditation teacher, unless they are already studying with an NDF core teacher.

Wait-list: If a room type is sold out for the dates you would like to attend (on the registration page the room type photo will be shaded over), please email retreats@wonderwellrefuge.org: full name, dates of desired attendance and preferred room type.

Pricing Discount: This Winter Meditation Intensive is being offered with a 10% discount to all room types, including Commuting. If one stays 14 nights or longer, another 10% discount will be provided after registration is received.

  • Private Room w/En-Suite Bath – $207.00
  • Private Room w/Hall Bath – $180.00
  • Shared Room w/En-Suite Bath – $152.00
  • Shared Room w/Hall Bath – $137.00
  • Dorm – $125.00
  • Commuter – $89.00

In order to keep pricing as low as possible, teacher fees are not included and are encouraged as "Dana" (generous giving), as each participant is moved to do so.

Annual Winter Meditation Intensive – January 2018

With Lama Willa Miller, Lopon Liz Monson and Guest Teachers-In-Residence

Flexible Dates

Important:  There are certain periods of January where housing at Wonderwell is completely full.  You can discern this by noticing the housing options are shaded over on the registration form, except for Commuting.  Please click on the Commuting option for local lodging options to continue registering for your desired dates if all other options are taken. 

The Heart of Practice

We are delighted to announce Wonderwell’s first ever Winter Meditation Intensive (Dathun)! There is nothing quite like beginning the new year with deep meditation practice in community, encircled by the quiet beauty of snow-covered mountains. Join us this January as we explore “The Heart of Practice,” how to engage, sustain and deepen into the vibrant heart of meditation. Mixing our experience, no matter what it is, with our practice, we will discover how meditation can provide a powerfully transformative container for everything that arises.

This month-long intensive includes meditation sessions (both guided and unguided), daily yoga, a Dharma teaching per day with the teacher-in-residence, and three textual study sessions per week. The textual study sessions will focus on an in-depth study of John Makransky’s Awakening Through Love (Jan 2-7), the classic meditation manual The Ocean of Definitive Meaning by the Ninth Karmapa (Jan 8-23) and Creation and Completion by Jamgon Kongtrul (Jan 23-31). Teachings during the retreat will focus on accessing the heart of awakening through relationality and through resting in natural awareness. Teachings also will explore view, meditation, and action, with special attention on finding stability, ease, and freshness within your personal experience.

Attendees of the Jan 8-23 section of the retreat will have access to purchase the restricted translation of The Ocean of Definitive Meaning. We are especially honored to host Elizabeth Callahan, the translator of this text, from January 19-23. During her stay, she will give daily teachings from her translation.

Weekly Themes:
Week 1 – January 2-7:       Compassion
(Intro to Benefactor Practice.  Margha students encouraged to attend)
Week 2 – January 8-15:     Natural Meditation
Week 3 – January 16-23:   Open Awareness
Week 4 – January 23-31:   Awareness and the Divine
(Green Tara transmission & practice instructions Jan 26-28)

Special Events:  
January 2, 1-3pm     New Year’s Fire Puja (room check-in after Fire Puja at 3pm)
January 7,  6pm        Refuge Vow Ceremony
January 14, 6pm       Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony
January 21, 6pm       Buddhist Lay Precepts
January 27, 5pm       Tara Empowerment (Jan 27-28 focuses on Green Tara)
January 31, 10am     Fire Puja (one hour ceremony of purification and merit)

Note: The sangha is welcome to attend special events as commuters, daily schedule will be modified.

Dathun Daily Practice Schedule:

6:30-7:00       Sunrise Meditation
7:00-7:30       Breakfast
8:30-10:00     Yoga or Movement Practice
10:20-11:10   Dharma Teaching
11:30-12:15   Meditation Practice (guided)
12:15-3:00     Lunch and Mid-day Break
3:00-3:45       Meditation Practice (silent)
4:00-5:30       Dharma Study Session (M,W,F: Teacher-guided, all other days: Self-guided)
5:45-6:30       Meditation Practice (guided)
6:30-8:00       Dinner and Break
8:00-8:45       Evening Meditation (silent)

For stays of 5 nights or more, a practice interview with Lama Willa or Lopen Liz is guaranteed.  Stays less than 5 nights will receive an interview if the teacher’s schedule permits.  All interviews are scheduled at time of check-in.

Dates that each Teacher is in residence is found by clicking “Guest Teachers-In-Residence” at the bottom of the page.

For Program Curriculum questions, please email Liz Monson at: elizabeth@naturaldharma.org

About the Teachers


Lama Willa Miller

Founding Teacher and Spiritual Director of NDF and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Willa B. Miller, PhD is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after […]

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Lopon Liz Monson

Dharma Lopon and Managing Teacher of NDF and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge Elizabeth Monson, PhD, is the Associate Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Managing Teacher at Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages for over twenty years. She has studied with Sakyong […]

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Guest Teachers-In-Residence

Below are the dates for Teachers-in-Residence for the Winter Practice Period 2018. Lama Willa and Lopon Liz will each be in residence, teaching and offering interviews for the entire month, between the two of them. Lama John Makransky:     January 3-8 Bob Morrison:    January 2-9 Jane Moss:     January 3-7 Kathe McKenna:   January 8-15 […]

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