Addressing existential risk
by transforming the human mind
Come for a few hours or a few weeks—join us as a service guest, do your own work from the center as a co-working guest, or create your own personal retreat.
Sit with us for one of our regular week-long silent retreats, or join for one of our many special events offered year-round.
Our free apprenticeship program is designed to take you through an intense meditation training that gives you a rare set of skills and experiences for life.
What is the Monastic Academy?
The Monastic Academy for the Preservation of Life on Earth (MAPLE) is a training center dedicated to creating wise, powerful, and loving leaders who are an unstoppable force for social and environmental peace on Earth.
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“Seeing the shifts set in motion by climate change, adverse technological advances, and nuclear risk, we realize that the human mind is the root of most of the threats to life, not because of malice but because of ignorance.
Awakened leaders, those who have resolved the question of life and death and who have broken through to truth and compassion, will play a vital role in the transformation of societies, cultures, values, and economies.”
— Peter Xūramitra Park,
Read our quarterly report for more information about our Vermont and California locations, including:
Q&As with residents and apprentices
Our Mission and Vision
“Not only an ideal training environment to discover true and lasting happiness but also to acquire the precious real world skills needed to live a life of purpose, meaning and engagement. This is the real deal.”
“This has been a life-changing experience. I don’t know where I’d be without it. Being here has taught me how to be more myself. More than that, in this community I’ve discovered how to give and receive love.”
“The Monastic Academy has helped me in many ways. Through the supportive community, a confidence has emerged deep within and I’ve transformed from a seed of hope into the rose blossom I’ve always thought was too good to be true.”
“The unique approach of balancing awakening and responsibility prepared me for life in ways other institutions simply cannot. The program gave me the skills of a great employee such as dependability, respectful communication, and diligence.”
Years of Training
Hours of Meditation
average per resident, per month
in Vermont, California, and Ontario