Silence is the space
into which
God has been poured.
–Hermitage Journal, 1998

Since its early days, personal retreats have been one of the cornerstones of the Lama Foundation. Time apart from community life for deep listening, reflection and spiritual practice has given sustenance and form to the sacred charge with which the Foundation has been entrusted and has profoundly shaped resident and visitor experience.

The hermitage experience exists in the pause between the in-breath and the out-breath. It is our transport to other dimensions; to our deeper and truer selves; the loving containers that embrace us as we step from our ordinary lives into sacred silence and solitude with the prayerful support of the community.

Whether we come to do a specific practice under the guidance of a teacher or simply to remove another layer from everyday life, it is here that we reconnect with Spirit and the natural world and re-create the rhythms that support and feed us.

Our hermitages are intended as personal retreat spaces for a solo experience. We wish to maintain the solitary quiet energy of these spaces. We do not allow use for regular stays on the Mountain, or for couples, families or groups..

Length of Stay

This may vary from two or three days up to two weeks, depending on the nature and purpose of the retreat. We have accommodated occasional longer retreats under special circumstances.

Arriving for Hermitage

Plan to arrive by mid-afternoon. We have found this is necessary to allow comfortable space for registration, orientation, and getting your belongings to the hermitage.

Please pack light, bringing only what you personally can carry on steep or narrow paths for 5-10 minutes.

Recommended Preparations

The sun can be quite intense at this elevation and the air is very dry. Daytime temperatures can be hot; nights are often cool.

We recommend that those who are not used to this elevation take liquid chlorophyll in water several times a day for several days before arrival.

Items to bring include layers of clothing, a warm jacket or coat, hat and gloves in all seasons, sunglasses and sunscreen, flashlight/headlamp (for night time reading), rain wear, sturdy walking shoes, toiletries, specialty food and personal practice materials.

Please let us know if you have additional questions or concerns. Hermitage at Lama Foundation can be a very special, sacred experience, and we appreciate your interest.

To submit a hermitage request, please email hermit@lamafoundation.org or fill out our HERMIT REQUEST FORM