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

Awakening to the New Year: A Six-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.

Registration Options:

Single (SOLD OUT, waitlist available, please complete form): $1,255
Double (2 people sharing a room, fee per individual): $1,080   
Dorm (3-4 people sharing a room, fee per individual): $980

New! Referral discount: Are you a returning retreater who knows someone who would like to attend Awakening to the New Year retreat alongside you with Caverly? If so, we want to offer you both a special discount upon registration! Email for more information. (Referral discount offered for retreaters who have not previously attended a Peace in Schools or Presence Collective retreat.)

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.

No experience required. All are welcome.

Sample of a typical daily schedule:

7:00am Mindful Movement (optional)
7:30am Sitting Meditation
8:00am Breakfast
10:00am-12:00pm Group
12:30pm Lunch
3:00-4:30pm Group/Sit-Walk-Sit
4:45-6:00pm Mindful Movement
6:00pm Dinner
7:15pm Group


Caverly Morgan is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening, as well as Peace in Schools — a nonprofit that is pioneering new depths in mindfulness education. Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. 


Madeline Harmon is a mindfulness teacher, and has worked with K-12 students to help them develop personal mindfulness practices since 2011. She also carries her practice from the cushion to the mat, having completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings.


What retreat participants say:

The retreat provided a beautiful container for me to deeply listen to myself. All of my needs, that often get ignored in daily life, were heard and addressed. Everything was met with love I can’t wait to share this feeling in the world.
— Stephanie
This retreat is the most precious part of my year. The environment and teachings burn with love, wisdom, and deep intention. So grateful for this community and this retreat.
— Michael
It was such a profound honor to witness Caverly’s clarity, love, presence, wisdom and humor. I felt held and seen in a way that was so welcoming and compassionate. I felt accepted just as I am, with no conditions. Thank you for creating such a profound space of connection with self and sangha.
— Rebecca
This retreat was the most meaningful gift I’ve given to myself.
— Julie

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

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity

The Bridge to Happiness Retreat - 1440 Multiversity

1440 Multiversity (map)

What do we want more than happiness? We all long for it. It’s the core desire underneath all of our searching.

Likely you realize it can't be found externally. You may have tried to find it through forms of self-help. You've read inspiring books by great teachers. You've resonated with their wisdom. And yet you struggle to live by these truths in your daily life.

The Bridge to Happiness program supports us in living from truth. It's an accessible and informative course that integrates the world's greatest wisdom teachings. It shows you how to align your life with your deepest understanding.

The Bridge to Happiness is founded in the revolutionary understanding that your true nature is wholeness, awareness, and unconditional love. When we wake up to our true nature, our lives transform. Then contemplative practice is no longer founded on striving and searching, rather the alignment of all aspects of your life with your realization.

The Bridge to Happiness program involves a five-step process:

  1. Directing the Attention

  2. Recognizing the Conditioned Mind

  3. Accessing the Compassionate Mentor Within

  4. Moving Beyond the Duality of Self and Life

  5. Knowing Oneself as Awareness

Learn how to integrate the truths of the great wisdom traditions into your daily life. Learn a fresh and accessible approach to contemplative practice that covers both foundational and advanced practices. Leave with tools, structures, and supports to integrate your learnings into daily life after the retreat. Learn how to direct the attention, recognize processes of the conditioned mind such as self-talk, and explore a unique approach to self-compassion. Learn how to rest the attention at its source, and know oneself as awareness through:

  • Meditation

  • Guided imagery

  • Experiential exercises

  • Facilitated group discussion

  • Dyad work

  • Small group work

  • Journaling

Join us as we learn to live from authenticity and truth in daily life. Join us as we ground the depth of contemplative teachings in our everyday world.

Photos of 1440 Multiversity




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

Caverly at Penland School of Crafts

Caverly at Penland School of Crafts

Penland School of Crafts (map)

Caverly is delighted to offer a workshop on Mindfulness and Making at the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, North Carolina. She will be joined by co-teacher Joy Seidler.

More details and registration coming soon!