retreat center arizona meditation TMI The Mind Illuminated

Deepen your practice and knowledge of the 10-stage model of meditation described in The Mind Illuminated on an 8-day retreat. Early-bird prices close on August 29th.

We are opening for personal retreats Sept 1st!

We are closed for the summer, please contact for more information about visiting us this fall.

Gradual Practice Course

Oct 1 – Nov 27

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An online workshop and in-person retreat developing gradual practice

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Sky Island Retreat

Oct 29th – Nov 5th

Spend a week under the open sky, supported by stunning rock formations, bright stars, and dharma friends. 

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Volunteer programs

We are always interested in having people join our volunteer community. Please contact if you have any questions. If you have teaching experience, and would like to be a resident yogi, please fill out this form.

The Deathless

Sept 24th – Oct 2nd

The Buddha realized the ultimate freedom and fulfillment which he called the deathless reality of Nibbana. In this retreat we will explore our immediate experiential notions of death, change, and self in light of the Buddha’s teachings to realize for ourselves this deathless, changeless nonself reality of Nibbana.

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Death Practice Journal

Dec 2nd -5th

A weekend residential workshop on thoughtful + creative engagement with mortality.

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The East Meets West

Dec 20-24

Join Shinzen Young, the founder of Unified Mindfulness, and Blake Ashley, Yan Chen and Jack Liu for a 5 day silent retreat.

This retreat will include instruction in methods, guided practice, evening talks, and group connection on the first and last day through poetry reading, talking circle and a walk in nature.

You will be learning “See Hear Feel” techniques to explore the human sensory system, and join an intimate group of 12 on a journey where East meets West and tradition meets science. 

Henrik Norberg will also give you an introduction to TMI techniques.

This retreat is open to practitioners at any level. Further details will be posted and registration will open in the Fall.

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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