Addressing existential risk

through realizing enlightenment.


Realizing enlightenment through addressing existential risk.


Sit with us for one of our regular week-long silent retreats, or join for one of our many special events offered year-round. 

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Apply to join our training program for up to 3 months. Live, work, and meditate with a loving monastic community. Discover insight through service.


Come for a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months—contribute as a service guest, join as a short-term co-working guest, or stay for a few months as a residential member.

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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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“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

Former Resident

“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

Current Resident

“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

Former Resident

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