retreat center arizona high-desert meditation TMI The Mind Illuminated

Nomad Retreat

People have been wandering the earth for thousands of years, often in groups, relying on each other for protection, support and belonging. This retreat is designed to reconnect people to the primal activity of moving through a landscape with a group of fellow travelers.

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A Personal Retreat

We will tailor a personalized retreat program and support you on a solo retreat specific to your needs and experience level.
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Work Retreat

Please contact if you have any questions on how to visit us for a work retreat. If you have teaching experience and would like to be a resident yogi, please fill out this form.

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Upcoming Events

Getting to Eight

Mar 4 – Apr 22

One thing is getting started meditating. Another thing is progressing on the path, and becoming an effective meditator.

This online workshop offers a set of tools, including field-tested techniques and heuristics to help you understand where you are at, and what to do next.

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Writing to Wisdom 

Mar 24th-28th

Just as our hearts want to cultivate wisdom, our writing selves also aim to cultivate what matters most. Ironically, words can lead us to silence, a greater listening to the dignity of our whole selves and a brave leaping into the unknown. In that listening and receptivity, we write until we surprise ourselves and honor what comes forth. 

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Five Remembrances

Mar 31st – Apr 6th

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

Upajjhatthana Sutta

This retreat aims to deepen our practice and knowledge of the 5 Remembrances, first found in the Upajjhatthana Sutta (“Subjects for Contemplation”), as foundational understandings of Buddhist teachings.

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Mindful Mud

April 15th – 24th

This workshop will feature the mindful building, from mud, dead plants, and some sweat, of an earthenware structure that’ll be used by visitors for decades to come.

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Brahma Jhana

Apr 29th – May 14th

Pierre will be offering guided meditations and discussions on the cultivation of the Brahma Vihara (divine abodes of metta, compassion, joy, and equanimity) as a basis to enter and dwell in the states of mental unification known as the jhanas, that can lead to enduring changes in the mind.

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The Mind Illuminated Retreat

Oct 13th – 22nd

Deepen your practice and knowledge of the 10-stage model of meditation described in The Mind Illuminated.

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Community Guidelines

Read our updated community guidelines on precepts and community participation.

We have also created a new Ethics and Reconciliation Council and process for dealing with ethical concerns, conflicts, and grievances within the community.

About the Retreat Center

Dharma Treasure Retreat Center at Cochise Stronghold hosts meditation retreats for both individuals and small groups.  Located in the Dragoon Mountains of southeast Arizona, this wilderness retreat has long been considered sacred — first by the Chiricahua Apaches and later by hundreds of meditators grateful to practice in this quiet canyon.

While being the birthplace of TMI, the Mind Illuminated method, the retreat center welcomes spiritual sojourners from all traditions, while providing support aimed at spiritual awakening, rooted in the teachings of the Buddha.

Cochise Stronghold is a magnificent natural wonder. Granite peaks rise to the east, south and west, spotted with chromatic, lichen-covered boulders, precariously balanced rocks, and charismatic formations that take on a life of their own. An evergreen juniper and oak forest grows in the valley, providing shelter for abundant wildlife including javelina, deer, and hundreds of species of birds. A seasonal stream flows from mountain top pools down through the canyon. Sharing a border with the Coronado National Forest, the retreat center is surrounded by hiking and horse trails that snake up into the mountains for miles.

The retreat center is located 90 minutes from the Tucson Airport, 45 minutes from Benson and Willcox, and 20 minutes from the small village of Sunsites. While remote, we are part of a close-knit rural community.

Feel free to check out what else Dharma Treasure has to offer:

The passing of Culadasa, John Yates

It is with sorrow and compassion that we announce the passing of Culadasa, John Yates. He was a founding member of Dharma Treasure, author of The Mind Illuminated and was also a teacher and mentor to many. We send our loving condolences to his family, friends, and students.


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