Teachings offered by Upasaka Culadasa

Group Retreats – Dharma Treasure Retreat at Cochise Stronghold

APRIL 2019 – A 10-DAY MIND ILLUMINATED RETREAT for Cultivating Concentration and Insight

with Eve Smith, Jeremy Graves, and Culadasa (John Yates Ph.D.)


Two sessions

All accommodation for both sessions is currently full. To join the wait list, please fill out our registration form here

  • Session 1: Friday, April 5th – Sunday, April 14th, 2019
  • Session 2: Friday, April 19th – Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Imagine ten days of pristine silence, nestled in a wild canyon, free from your daily roles and responsibilities, with only one simple task: to enjoy your practice.

Held in the stunning Dragoon Mountains of Southeast Arizona, this 10-day silent meditation retreat provides practitioners of any background and skill level with the invaluable opportunity to deepen concentration and insight.

The Retreat Experience

Retreat is all about creating the most conducive environment for deepening your practice.

Our aim is to use every moment as an opportunity to practice mindfulness — whether you’re washing dishes, hiking in the mountains, or sitting in formal practice.

Toward that end, all retreatants observe noble silence. Beyond simply not speaking, this practice encourages inner solitude and frees us from the mental agitation of communicating through eye contact, body language, and notes.

You are also asked to honor intentional living practices during your stay. Please review these guidelines and confirm that you’re able to follow them before applying.


April 2019 Retreat Schedule

Meditators will enjoy the support of a formal practice schedule, including 10 hours daily sitting and walking meditation, as well as a Dharma talk. You will receive one-on-one support from primary teachers Eve Smith and Jeremy Graves, through individual meditation interviews. In addition, Culadasa will lead several group interviews and the final Dharma talk.

Everyone participates in daily service work of 45 minutes to one hour, which helps us blend formal practice and mindfulness to the details of day-to-day living.

Eve will offer daily yoga classes, designed especially for minds and bodies in retreat. Hikers and nature lovers also have numerous trails to explore that snake throughout the mountains.

Three truly lovely vegetarian meals are provided each day.

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The Center

Dharma Treasure Retreat Center is located on five secluded acres, high in the historic Cochise Stronghold Canyon of southeastern Arizona’s Dragoon Mountains and bordered by Coronado National Forest. It’s a truly stunning place to go on retreat. The canyon is located within one of North America’s few dozen “sky islands.” These spots of high elevation dot the southwest United States and northwest Mexico, and together form the largest remaining oak forest in the world. Straddling the gap between temperate and tropical climate zones, they are host to an enormous diversity of wild life.

Dharma Treasure Retreat Center has been designed with, not against, nature. The center features water harvesting systems, solar panels providing much of our power, the strategic location of buildings designed to maximize the benefit of solar passive heating; compost toilets; grey water systems; natural building materials (including straw bale); ponds, swales, and berms to direct our rainwater; and the management of native shrubs and grasses.

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Accommodations & Pricing

We offer a range of lodging options, including private rooms or beds in a modern straw-bale cottage, semi-private spaces in our “Dharmatory” Yurt, as well as private trailer and tent camping under the desert sky.

Retreat fees only cover accommodation, three vegetarian meals per day, and basic facilities operations. You will have the opportunity at the end of your stay to offer dana to the teachers and Dharma Treasure in order to help the center to continue to blossom and to provide the precious gift of the Dhamma to students for years to come.

We will be offering two partial work scholarships per retreat.  Please contact the retreat manager for more details.

The following onsite accommodation options range from $495 to $990 for the 10 days/9 nights of the retreat:

  • Private room in a shared cottage
  • Private classic travel trailer
  • Semi-private cottage
  • Semi-private Dharmatory Yurt
  • Semi-private dormitory beds
  • Camping sites

For detailed descriptions and photos of the accommodations, please see our accommodation options and pricing page:

Click here to register and reserve an accommodation


Following tradition, teachers offer guidance freely and rely entirely on student’s generosity, or dana in the Pali language, for support. We bring this 2600-year-old practice of dana to our Dharma Treasure retreats because we believe the dharma is truly an invaluable gift, beyond price. Giving to the teachers from your heart is an important part of dharma practice. It involves the wise reflection on your own financial means, as well as an examination of your impulse to give. How much can I offer generously while still being financially responsible to myself? Might I stretch myself and give generously within my means? You can also offer dana to Dharma Treasure helping the center to thrive and to continue offering retreats in the future.

Eve Smith

Eve believes that understanding the mind is the key to empathy and skillful practice. A mediator and yogi for over 15 years, she has logged a total of seven months in retreat. In 2018, she completed Culadasa’s four-year teacher training program, co-developed the Dedicated Practitioner’s Course with Jeremy Graves and Blake Barton, and joined the board of Culadasa’s nonprofit, Dharma Treasure.

Over the past ten years, she has worked with hundreds of students, integrating meditative and yogic practices to support people on their path. She has taught meditation at the New York Insight Meditation Center, the Three Jewels, and various corporate wellness programs. Having studied both Iyengar and Ashtanga, her yoga classes combine breath and structured movement for a rich, slow flow.

Along the way, Eve has worked as a strategy director at a creative agency in New York, started her own consulting practice, and taught branding and communications at Parsons. She has a big, wild family, speaks fluent Spanish, volunteers with immigration organizations, and has dreams of goats and horses. She is constantly looking to align practice and life, and blur the lines between the two.

Jeremy Graves

Along with Culadasa (John Yates, Ph.D.) and Matthew Immergut, Ph.D., Jeremy is an author of the bestselling meditation manual The Mind Illuminated. He has studied Buddhist meditation for over a decade in both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, and has accumulated more than two years of combined retreat experience. He was certified to teach by Culadasa after completing the four-year Dharma Treasure Teacher Training Program.

Jeremy has also practiced extensively in the Mahasi tradition of dry vipassana, and in the Goenka/U Ba Khin style of practice. In addition, he has pursued Western depth psychology and psychoanalytic forms of healing and integration. As a writer, poet, and community volunteer, he is interested in the intersection of dharma practice with culture, and in how the Buddha’s teachings can help heal social ills.

Jeremy has taught meditation and mindfulness at such venues as Amazon, Tucson Community Meditation Center, Shambhala Mountain Center, Inner Way LA, and at Consciousness Hacking seminars in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Currently, he is an instructor, along with Eve Smith and Blake Barton, of the Dharma Treasure Dedicated Practitioners Course, an eight-month-long online course covering dharma teachings and the meditative training outlined in The Mind Illuminated.


How to Apply

Because spaces are limited to roughly 18 practitioners per retreat, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We will register participants in the order that registration forms are received.

Once registered, you will receive a payment link, and you will have three additional days to make a payment to definitively reserve your place and your accommodation. You may choose to pay the full amount, or you may pay a $200 deposit to hold a spot. If you make the $200 deposit, the rest of your payment is due by March 1st.

Once the retreat fills, you will be placed on a waiting list for your desired accommodation. We will contact you as soon as a space becomes available.

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Refund Policy

If you cancel prior to March 5th, you are eligible for a refund of the amount paid minus a $100 cancellation fee. After March 5th, no refunds of deposit and/or payment in full will be offered. In the event of special circumstances, each case will be considered individually when the retreat is over.

Transportation – Shuttle from Tucson, AZ

For those flying to the retreat, it is recommended that you arrange your arrival at the Tucson International Airport on Friday no later than 3 p.m. We will offer two van pickups on the Fridays opening the retreat, April 5th and April 19th: One shuttle at noon and one at 3:30 p.m.  For the return on Sunday, April 14th and April 28th, there will be a departure from Dharma Treasure Retreat at Cochise Stronghold at 1 p.m. and another around 5 p.m., if needed. When reserving your flights, please plan on 90 -100 minutes for the drive to the airport plus time to retrieve any checked baggage.

The shuttle ride to Cochise Stronghold will cost an additional fee based on the number of retreatants sharing the van, which we’re estimating will be around $50 per person for a shared van.

A ride the following day will also be possible, if you opt to reserve an extra night’s accommodation at the retreat centre.

Rental Cars

Alternately, you could rent a car at the Tucson (90 minutes) or Phoenix (3 hours) International Airports for the 10 days of the retreat and drive yourself to Dharma Treasure Retreat at Cochise Stronghold.

Please let us know if you plan to drive yourself to the Cochise Stronghold, and we will email you detailed driving directions. The approach to the retreat centre can be a bit tricky to navigate, and GPS is not always accurate or functional once you enter the canyon.

Questions? Contact us!

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Please email our Retreat Manager at retreats@dharmatreasure.org

Or you may reach us by telephone: (520) 826-4141

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