• Big Bear Retreat Center (map)
  • 1000 Sugarpine Road
  • Big Bear, CA, 92314
  • United States

Join Caverly Morgan and Martin Aylward for a retreat in Big Bear, California!

Dharma practice invites us into a spacious and gracious relationship with life; challenging us to love what is, whether we like it or not. This retreat will be orientated around loving awareness and non-clinging wisdom. We will explore the various demands, defenses and distractions that easily grip our inner life, and learn to open to the genuine inner liberation that allows us to live fully and die freely. Martin and Caverly will lead teachings and practices that explore the depth of meditation while also focusing on the integration into our wider personal, social and interconnected life.

Retreat Schedule:

The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, nature walks, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods. The first sitting usually begins before breakfast. Each morning the teachers offer continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness training, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of mind are from the Buddhist Insight Meditation tradition. More information on the daily retreat schedule available here.

Retreat Teachers:


Martin Aylward went to India at age 19 and spent almost 5 years living in Asian monasteries, retreat centers, and with Himalayan hermits. He has been teaching dharma worldwide for 20 years. Martin co-founded and is guiding teacher of the retreat center MoulindeChaves.org in SW France, where he lives with his wife Gail, and where their (now adult) 2 children were raised. He is founding and guiding teacher of WorldwideInsight.org, and co-founder and director of the MindfulnessTrainingInstitute.com which has trained over 200 Mindfulness teachers in 25 countries. He takes groups of Dharma students to India and Bhutan, and in 2015 was invited by the Bhutanese government to speak at TEDx Thimphu. His teaching integrates a depth of experience in the Asian traditions in a contemporary context and language, and focusses on the inherent free-ness that is the ground of our human nature.


Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She is also the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Peace in Schools is pioneering new depths in mindfulness education through teaching youth as well as training educators.

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. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001.

Prior to her pioneering efforts with Peace in Schools, Caverly formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion, warmth and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages and experience levels.

Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a teacher and presenter at the Generation X Dharma Teachers Conference, the Science and Nonduality Conference, 1440 Multiversity, Worldwide Insight, Esalen, the Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Buddha at the Gas Pump, and many more.

Caverly speaks publicly at conferences on topics including contemplative practice, social entrepreneurship, authentic leadership, and mindfulness education, and has been featured in publications such as Mindful Magazine and The New York Times.

She is dedicated to actualizing possibility, serving love, and embodying the truth of interconnection.

Caverly lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Vineet and their two dogs Sweetpea and Bankei.