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 coworking guest, or come for one of our many events.

Check our calendar for a full list!


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 
  • 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 provided
  • WiFi throughout the building
  • Learn how to integrate mindfulness, community, and work

Service Guest

  • Best option for guests looking to experience life at MAPLE and to get a sense of the community, for any length of time that works for you
  • Contribute to the monastery’s day-to-day tasks while maintaining your mindfulness practice
  • 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 with the head teacher daily
  • Two hearty vegan meals and a comfortable room provided
  • Discounted rates available 

Personal Retreat

Currently unavailable

  • 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 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 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
  • Limited space
  • Check our Retreat Calendar for dates

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

Burlington Sunday Sit

We gather weekly on Sundays at the Quaker Meeting House in Burlington, VT. From 5-7 PM, Soryu or other residents adn teachers give a talk followed by guided meditation and community Q&A. Get a feel for our community and practice through our extensive library of previous talks on Youtube and Soundcloud.

All CML events are offered on a by-donation basis. We suggest a donation of $10 for this offering.

You can see all of the past recorded events including the Sunday Sits on our YouTube channel or SoundCloud page.

Some members of the CML community are very sensitive to the synthetic fragrance found in products like shampoos, soaps, detergent, and fabric softener. Please be fragrance-free when visiting CML, and at all CML events – learn how here.

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