Caverly at SAND 2018

Caverly at SAND 2018

Dolce Hayes Mansion (map)

Caverly is delighted to be a part of the Science And Nonduality conference in San Jose, California again this year. 

She'll be presenting in two ways:

  1. As an honored member of an ongoing discussion and panel about practice and ethics alongside Rich Archer, Craig Holliday, and Jac O'Keffe. Learn more about the panel here.
  2. Leading a presentation and discussion: The Relative is the Absolute: Touching Race, Injustice, and Love.

    Description: When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute – that it is something to transcend or ‘just an illusion’ – we ignore the reality of the illusion. What it is the illusion comprised of? How is it known? And by whom?

    The relative may appear to arise out of the absolute, as waves appear to arise out of the ocean, but like waves, both relative and absolute are components of a greater whole. They are not separate. When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human. We experience viscerally that “the world is my family”.

    From this understanding, we recognize that liberation is not a singular experience. There can be no individual ego that experiences enlightenment. We suffer when we forget that. We suffer when we perceive ourselves as separate from the collective – on the level of consciousness, (the absolute) as well as with our neighbor (the relative).

    When we recognize that the world is arising in us, Awareness, there is nothing to dismiss. How, then, in our situation of privilege on the relative plane, do we dismiss injustice, bias, cruelty in the name of transcendence or ‘spiritual understanding’? How do we participate in systems of oppression while ignoring the effects our neighbor, as well as the whole?

    Do we fall for the story that the awakened life we seek is mine to have rather than ours to be? And what’s love got to do with it?

          Stay tuned for further details on this presentation.

Caverly at Mind & Life Institute International Symposium for Contemplative Research

Caverly at Mind & Life Institute International Symposium for Contemplative Research

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass (map)

Knowing How to Not Know -

Learning together how to make contemplative programs more welcoming and inclusive.

Caverly is honored to join an impressive panel of practitioners, teachers, and researchers including Margaret Cullen, the Reverend angel Kyodo williams, and Jeffrey Proulx, for what promises to be a rich discussion at ISCR 2018.

Full details on this panel will be available soon— in the meantime you can learn more about the Mind & Life Institute and the International Symposium for Contemplative Research by clicking the button below.

Fall Urban Retreat - Portland, OR.

Fall Urban Retreat - Portland, OR.

Stay tuned for finalized details and plan to join Caverly Morgan this fall for a non-residential urban retreat in Portland, OR.

The weekend will include meditations and self-reflective explorations, relational mindfulness exercises, and conscious, compassionate communication skills. We’ll also be exploring mindful movement. 

Sample schedule:

  • Friday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

  • Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

  • No experience required. All welcome.

We are deeply committed to being an open and inclusive community, accepting and supporting diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity. Please let us know how we can fully support your retreat experience.

Awakening to the New Year: A Five-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

Awakening to the New Year: A Five-Day Retreat - Damascus, OR

Still Meadow Retreat Center (map)

This retreat isn’t about making resolutions, though it is about intention. It’s about realizing your deepest heart’s desire. It’s about embracing change out of love and passion, not obligation and fear.

Through awareness practice, we remember who we authentically are. We remember what we authentically are. When moving through the world from that recognition, intention manifests differently than when our attention is aligned with the feeling of separation.

From separation, awareness practice is distorted into a self-improvement plan and resolutions are a familiar and painful by-product. This retreat focuses on the alternative.

Join us for an inspiring and empowering journey of self-inquiry on this silent retreat. The retreat takes place from December 28-January 2 at Still Meadow Retreat Center in the tranquil Oregon countryside 30 minutes from Portland. See photos of Still Meadow Retreat Center.

Activities include meditation, group discussions and private guidance sessions with Caverly, as well as mindful movement, guided imagery, journaling, and mindful walking — all within the backdrop of silence.


Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. Caverly trained in a silent Zen monastery for eight years, and has been teaching meditation since 2001. She leads meditation retreats, workshops, and classes around the United States and is dedicated to actualizing possibility, serving love and embodying the truth of interconnection. 


No experience required. All are welcome.

We are committed to being an open and inclusive community. We accept and support diversity in age, race, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. Please let us know how we can fully support your retreat experience.





Caverly at Esalen: Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening

Caverly at Esalen: Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening

Esalen Institute (map)

Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening: The Path of Zen

Rather than trying to become a buddha, nothing could be simpler than taking the shortcut of remaining a buddha.
— Zen master Bankei

We are that which we long for. In the original spirit of Zen, we focus on direct experience. We recognize that we are already the Buddha. Given the fact that we often do not experience ourselves that way, through compassionate awareness we inquire into the nature of what appears to block realization. Even while exploring the mind of limitation, we do so from the recognition of ourselves as whole, complete, and interconnected. Our practice of inquiry becomes a non-practice of resting and remaining in that which we already are.

This workshop is part of Esalen’s property-wide Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening silent retreat. During this rich weekend, simultaneous workshops exploring other streams of Buddhist teachings will be offered by Lama Palden Drolma, JoAnna Hardy and Mark Coleman.

On Saturday evening, the workshops will all come together to discuss and explore the differing and complementary perspectives of Buddhist teachings from different traditions.

Special guest Rolf Gates will offer yoga movement as an experiential learning process to practice the principles of yoga and experience how mindful movement can help support awakening.

Note: Outside of class sessions, the community will remain in social silence in order to allow a deepening relationship to self, to one another, and to nature.

Your Teachers

 Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan

 Lama Palden Drolma

Lama Palden Drolma

 JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy

 Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

Buckhorn Springs Silent Retreat - Ashland, OR

Buckhorn Springs Silent Retreat - Ashland, OR

Buckhorn Springs (map)

Resting As The Stillness of Being

A Seven Day Silent Retreat Led By Caverly Morgan

July 27-August 2, 2019
Buckhorn Springs | Ashland, Oregon

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In the refuge of this serene natural setting, together we’ll practice the ‘non-practice’ of simply being. The backdrop of silence will allow presence to shine at the forefront of experience. The group sessions will allow us to bring consciousness to what sometimes gets in the way.

The retreat will consist of sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, group sessions, and private guidance with Caverly Morgan. Mindful movement will also be offered. Join us as we rest in spaciousness, exploring our direct experience of presence. Join us as we rest in the stillness of being.

Buckhorn Springs is a historic retreat center tucked in a hidden valley outside Ashland, Oregon. Nestled in its own valley, it's set against a dramatic backdrop inside the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. It has been run by the Sargent family for decades — they have preserved a piece of Oregon’s history to share with their guests.

The permaculture principles on the land create a more resilient and bountiful landscape and guide the sustainable forestry and organic agriculture. The 120 acre property contains diverse micro-habitats, from moist riparian cedar forest to sun-baked grassy slopes to oak and madrone mosaics.

Chef Leslie Sargent has been preparing meals at Buckhorn for almost 30 years. Creating in the kitchen has always been Leslie’s passion. The dishes are always fresh, with ingredients from seasonal harvests, local farmers and primarily from Buckhorn’s on site organic gardens.

Stay tuned for registration and pricing information.



  • Registration includes: single or shared accommodations; three daily meals, tea, & teachings.
  • Visit to learn more about the location & accommodations.
  • We will be working to arrange carpooling from the Portland metro area to this southern Oregon location.
  • Please note: we will be accepting donations at the end of retreat. We keep our costs low in part to allow for these donations to be given. Please keep this in mind when registering and preparing to attend retreats.

Daily retreat schedule (subject to minor changes):

7:00am Mindful Movement (optional)
7:30am Sitting Meditation
8:00am Breakfast
10:00am-12:00pm Morning group
12:30pm Lunch

2:30pm Short teaching on group requested topics (mindful eating, etc.)
3:00pm Afternoon group/Sit-Walk-Sit
4:30pm Bio Break
4:45-6:00pm Mindful Movement
6:00pm Dinner
7:15pm Evening group