​Meditation and Art Retreat: Introduction to Buddhism

​​August 9th-11TH 2019

This retreat is open to all adults who want a space to play and create, while at the same time exploring profound Buddhist teachings and connecting with a loving community. Over the course of the 3 days there will be art, meditations, teachings, nature walks, discussions, a fire puja (a Buddhist ritual for cleansing negative energy) music, laughter and relaxed time to just be. This is a time to disconnect from technology and take a break from our busy lives. We encourage you to leave all work and outside pressures behind, and treat yourself to a rejuvenating weekend!


Karma is the force of cause and effect: all actions, positive, negative and neutral, have an affect of the same. So, if we do something kind and generous, we will, at some point, experience kindness and generosity in return. However, if we act with anger and cruelty, we will experience the same back. This is not a judgment, there is no all powerful being doling our punishment and reward, it is simply the natural way phenomena occur, similar to gravity. During this retreat we will discuss different ways of living a life in accordance to values of loving kindness and compassion.

This is the second retreat in our series covering what are called the 6 perfections, which are guidelines for living a life in service not only to ourselves, but to all living beings. Don’t worry if you missed our first retreat, you will not need to have attended that one to enjoy this retreat!


Held at the picturesque Land of Medicine Buddha which is an active Buddhist retreat center tucked away on 108 acres of the coastal foothills near Santa Cruz. It’s the perfect place to unplug and enjoy being in nature! Delicious vegetarian meals will be provided, as well as accommodation ranging from tent camping to a private room. Land of Medicine Buddha has beautiful nature trails as well as a relaxing pool and spa area to help you unwind.

Space is limited, so sign up now!

Past Retreats

Mindfulness and Generosity Retreat


This retreat is a fun approachable way to connect with deeply profound Buddhist teachings. Through art, discussion and meditation we want you to grow, express yourself creatively, play and feel supported by like-minded people.

Generosity is the idea that by giving to others whatever they need —whether it is a material object, protection or simply helpful advice —without the expectation of something in return, we are cultivation the open-handed and open-hearted attitude that is the essence of a worthwhile life.

​I attended Dharma Camps' Mindfulness and Generosity Retreat and wished I never had to leave! It was so well-organized and Terresa and Anna are fabulous leaders. It was perfect for a new-to-Buddhism attendee like me. There was art, meditation, ritual, teaching, hiking, and fun! Land of Medicine Buddha is a beautiful location with yummy food. The experience was so powerful for me in terms of self-care and plugging back in to spiritual practice.  Highly recommend it!

Amy Allen

Retreat participant 2018