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 and his advanced students. 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. While on retreat, some people choose to check in periodically with their own teachers back home, and are encouraged to do so.
We are now accepting applications for personal meditation retreats.
Starting in the new year, Culadasa will be going on sabbatical to focus on his health and on writing his next book. While he will continue to meet with his students in the ongoing Teacher Training program, he intends to cut back significantly on other commitments.
Meditators coming on personal retreat at Cochise Stronghold can still expect to meet periodically with Culadasa, but should be aware that he will not always be onsite. At certain times, Culadasa will be staying in Tucson where the lower altitude is easier on his lungs and where he can attend medical appointments.
When Culadasa is not onsite, meditators heading to Cochise Stronghold will be able to meet with Culadasa in Tucson before and after their retreats and will have the option of periodically checking in with him via video conferencing.
In the new year there will be a Resident Yogi Program to ensure that an experienced teacher trained by Culadasa will be onsite at all times to meet with meditators and provide support.
Culadasa is excited to see the vision of Dharma Treasure Sangha being carried forward by a new generation of teachers rigorously trained in teaching the methods laid out in The Mind Illuminated.
- What’s solo retreat there like?
- How do I get there?
- Where will I stay?
- How much will my retreat cost?
- What about food?
- What should I bring?
- What’s expected of me as a retreatant?
- Personal Messages from Retreatants
- For Questions and Booking a retreat
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.
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. Preference is given to people staying for longer retreats; we recommend a stay of at least ten days,
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. Then 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 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.
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.
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.