Teachings offered by Upasaka Culadasa

Personal Meditation Retreats

Meditator1We are now accepting applications for personal meditation retreats thru mid-February 2018.   In February thru April, only the “Dharmatory” Yurt is available for retreat.   Beginning again in April thru the month of June our entire facility is open for personal meditation retreatants.

Retreat Information

Personal Meditation Retreats

Set in the wild beauty of a mountain canyon, Cochise Stronghold Retreat offers a contemplative, natural environment for personal meditation retreats, with the option of guidance from Upasaka Culadasa. While Buddhist meditation forms the backbone of our practice, we embrace all spiritual traditions, as well as secular practice. Meditators from every tradition, or from none, are welcome.

For an idea of the kinds of practices that are taught here, check out our “Resources” tab at the top of every page.

Meditator3Retreat Location

Cochise Stronghold Retreat Center is located on 5+ secluded acres, high in the historic Cochise Stronghold Canyon of southeastern Arizona’s Dragoon Mountains. Coronado National Forest trails are easily accessed from the property.

Click here for a map and directions.

Retreat Duration

Solo retreats are required to be a minimum of seven days / six nights.  The quiet here is conducive to retreats of multiple weeks or even months!


Upon arrival at Cochise Stronghold Retreat, unless special arrangements are made otherwise, you will be welcomed, shown to your accommodations, given a short tour of the property, and you can settle in and store your food and belongings.

If you are doing your retreat under Culadasa’s guidance, you will have your first meeting with him or with another teacher either on the day of your arrival or the following day, depending on schedules.


As a solo retreatant, you will establish a daily schedule that meets your needs and respects the needs of other retreatants. Schedules normally include time for sitting and walking meditation practice, rest, exercise, meal preparation, meditation interviews, work service to the land and community, and personal time.

While your schedule is your own creation, we ask that as a retreatant you have a minimum of five hours of dedicated practice time (formal mediation and walking meditation) per day.

Click here for a sample of a daily personal retreat schedule.

Culadasa meditatingMeditation Interviews and Guidance

For those who wish meditation guidance and instruction, there are qualified meditation teachers available.  Please check in advance for their availability as part of your retreat booking process.


There are a number of lodging accommodation options, including a private stay in a modern eco-house unit, a semi-private / semi-shared space in our “Dharmatory” Yurt, and trailer and tent camping. To find out more visit our Lodging page.

Retreat Fees and Teacher Compensation

Retreat fees cover your lodging (not meals, which are self-catered) and help defray the expenses of the center, while making the retreat experience as accessible as possible to all who sincerely wish to practice.

Read more about Retreat Costs.


All retreatants at Cochise Stronghold observe noble silence during retreat. The community is well-versed in supporting retreatants in their practice of silence.

Practice Guidelines and Precepts

Retreatants are asked to abide by a set of intentional living practices while there are here in retreat. Read more about the Expectations for Practitioners.


We love answering any questions you may have and we find that the telephone is often the most expedient way to get your questions answered in an easy and clear manner.   Click here for our contact info.

Booking Your Retreat

There are a few easy steps to book your retreat.  We hope that you will have a wonderful experience wherever you decide to practice.

Click here for our Retreat Booking page.

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