Visit the Monastic Academy

You can visit the Monastic Academy for a single day, or stay for a few days as a service guest, or join us for a workshop or retreat, or live in community with us as a residential member.

See our events page for upcoming workshops and retreats. 


Please review our daily schedule to get a sense for a typical day at the Monastic Academy. We ask that guests are punctual for all the activities that they attend.


There are no upcoming events at this time.

MAPLE represents something extraordinary–a residential community where people do long-term, monastic-style practice as they train to become community mindfulness teachers.

MAPLE brings together the best of two worlds: an intensive training environment combined with a systematic, fully modern version of mindfulness.

Shinzen Young

Mindfulness Expert Teacher

In my time at MAPLE, the drive to be better hasn’t disappeared (if anything, it’s stronger) but the unhelpful franticness has faded. I’ve been managing to tap into a calmness which is both restful and invigorating. The change has been gradual, and I hadn’t even realized how much had changed until I stopped to reflect towards the end of my two-month stay and realized how much more grounded and invigorated and happy I was.


Software Developer, Startup Founder

Residential Membership

  • Stay at MAPLE for longer periods at a discounted monthly rate
  • Work on your own projects remotely with WiFi and co-working spaces
  • Live among a supportive community of friends, while integrating your meditation practice into the rest of your life
  • Two hearty & healthy vegan meals each day
  • Enjoy the stillness and beauty of Northern Vermont

Coworking Guests

  • Do your own work remotely from the monastery
  • Join for morning and evening meditation; work flexibly on your own projects during the day
  • One-on-one mindfulness training and support
  • Great for teams or individuals—take your whole team on a retreat and get even more done than in the office!
  • Hearty vegan meals and a comfortable room
  • WiFi throughout the building
  • Integrate mindfulness, community, and work

Service Guests

  • Experience life at MAPLE and get a sense of the community
  • Contribute to the monastery’s day-to-day tasks in our container of mindfulness work
  • Participate in the morning and evening meditation schedule and feel free to join in for any other planned activities—Circling, workshops, dharma talks, etc.
  • One-on-one mindfulness training and support
  • Two hearty vegan meals and a comfortable room
  • Discounted rates available

Silent Meditation Retreats

  • Ride the wave of an intensive monastic container to discover new insights
  • One-on-one mindfulness training and support
  • Daily exhortation talks, guided meditations, and Q&A
  • Enjoy the silence of going deep with trustworthy friends
  • See the Awakening portion of the Schedule for details
  • Space is limited; we cap the size of each retreat
  • See Events for upcoming retreat dates
  • Check our Retreat Calendar for more dates

Circling Retreats

  • Explore interpersonal practices to bring meditation into a relational realm.
  • Gain insight into patterns affecting your relationships, skills for increased intimacy in connection, and dive deep into the waters of interpersonal meditation
  • These retreats are generally offered during the summer months as well as over the New Year. Stay tuned for this year’s dates.
  • Space is limited; we cap the size of each retreat
  • Check our Retreat Calendar for dates

Gift Cards 

The MAPLE gift card program allows you to buy regular guest stays, coworking stays, and silent retreat weeks.

Gift friends and family anywhere from one night to two weeks of training with us.

Are you a returning guest? Please fill out this Returning Guest Form for your visit.