“We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”- Archilochos
“We begin with the most magnificent yet simple intention: to break through our own ignorance with a commitment to serve all life on this planet. As I talk with the students here, and with other teachers, and leaders, I find we are all aiming towards a common mission. We do not seek our own financial wealth or fame. We seek to create the conditions necessary to support healing the planet and we desire most of all to find others to do the same. At this place, we are creating the future leaders who will do that work. .”
– Peter Park, Executive Director
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Q&As with residents and apprentices
Our Mission and Vision
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.
“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.”Daniel Thorson
“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.”Denise Casey
“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.”Rose Phillips
“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.”Chris Adams
Years of Training
Hours of Meditation
average per resident, per month
raised for the flourishing of monastic training in the world