Visit the Monastic Academy

Come for a few hours or a few weeks – join as a service guest, do your own work from the center as a co-working guest, create your own personal retreat, or join for one of the many special events offered year-round.


Please review our schedule so that you can see what happens during our day-to-day. We ask that guests are punctual and arrive early for all the activities that they attend.  

CoWorking Guest

  • Bring your own work and do it remotely from the monastery
  • Participate in the morning and evening meditation schedule, and work flexibly on your own projects during the day
  • One-on-one mindfulness training and support with the head teacher daily
  • Great for teams or individuals – take your whole team on a retreat and get even more done than in the office!
  • Two hearty meals and a private, comfortable room provided
  • Wifi throughout the building
  • Learn how to integrate mindfulness, community, and work together

Service Guest

  • Stay at the monastery for any length of time that works for you
  • Participate in the morning and evening meditation schedule, and help with monastery tasks during the day
  • Get a taste of monastic life working among the residents and apprentices
  • Learn the skills of Wisdom, Love, and Power in deep community
  • One-on-one mindfulness training and support with the head teacher daily
  • Two hearty meals and a comfortable room provided
  • Discounted rates available 

Personal Retreat

  • Create your own personal retreat that works for your practice
  • Reconnect with nature in a forest cabin
  • Soaring sights of the Vermont Green Mountains
  • Option to participate in communal activities
  • Option to do daily support interviews with the head teacher
  • Two hearty vegan meals each day
  • All your needs provided

Group Retreat

  • Ride the wave of an intensive monastic container to discover new insights
  • One-on-one mindfulness training and support with the head teacher daily
  • Daily exhortation talks, guided meditations, and Q&A (2+ hours/day)
  • Enjoy the silence of going deep with trustworthy friends
  • See Awakening portion of the Schedule for details
  • Limited to one to six guests per retreat

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

Upcoming Events

Wild Immersion

August 30 - September 1, 2019

Join Darren Silver for an immersion into nature and into personal vision. Through wilderness living skills, ritual, leadership, mythology, and rites of passage training we will enrich the ground of your deeper purpose and calling to become clearer and a guiding voice in your life. Participants will come away with resources to connect with nature that includes the soul, physical skills, and ancient practices through personal and collective experiences. Learn more here.

Intimacy Weekend Retreat

Weekend: September 20 - 22, 2019

Real intimacy is the willingness to show up in relationship moment to moment. Honoring our differences, listening, receiving and giving.

Come and experience the depth of true intimacy, what lives through you in the world of relationship. Explore the ways you show up or don’t show up. Find your courage, your fears, your depth and the places that hold you back from stepping into your full YES! Yes to yourself, yes to relationship, yes to life.


Shinzen Young Retreat

October 18 - 25, 2019

Join the Monastic Academy this October for a special retreat with Shinzen Young at our beautiful location in Lowell, VT.

During this retreat, Shinzen will guide retreatants through the system of practicing mindfulness he designed, Unified Mindfulness.