retreat center arizona high-desert meditation TMI The Mind Illuminated

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. Join us for two weeks of bliss and absorption.

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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.
Please contact for more information about visiting us this fall.

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

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

What happens if we start to get real about our intoxication with life, youth, health, and, even, all that we love? To live the constant arising and passing away of life on this planet – to embody impermanence? To work with this moment, our actions in this moment, as all that we ever really have…

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. We will explore developing such a practice as a way to delve into the finitude of all things –  to grow, understand, and expand our sense of self, the world, and our place in it.

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Mindful Mud

April 15th – 22th

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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Memoir as bewilderment:
a writing workshop with Nick Flynn

Sep 21 – 27

A five-day writing workshop in the Dragoon Mountains of southeast Arizona with poet/memoirist Nick Flynn

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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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Nomad Retreat

This November

An adventure retreat reconnecting people to the primal activity of moving through a landscape with a group of fellow travelers.

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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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