Progressing Along the Spiritual Path: Releasing the Wounds of the Past to Live More Joyfully in the Present

with S'akti Rose

April 16-19, 2020

Life is about connection. Trauma steals this from us and can have long-term effects that block our development psychologically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Using somatic and meditative techniques, we can heal the wounds from traumatic events. We can rediscover safety and resilience instead of reenacting patterns of flight, fight, and freeze.

Our time together will be filled with meditation, mindfulness and compassion practice, mindful movement, applied somatics, group interaction, and creative expression. Through simple embodied practices, we can reawaken safety and joy in each moment and thereby reconnect to our innate wisdom and authentic self.

Costs & Fees

Residential sliding scale: $135 - $195 for full retreat

Non-residential sliding scale: $90 - $135 for full retreat

Includes accommodation and three vegetarian meals daily

Housing is simple, most in double-occupancy rooms; all meals are vegetarian with vegan & gluten-free options.

Dhamma Dena is committed to building accessibility by supporting all those who want to come to the center, no matter what their economic status.

According to the ancient tradition of dana, those who carry on the teachings of the Buddha are supported through the generosity of the community; thus dana to support the teachers, manager and cook at Dhamma Dena may be offered at the conclusion of the retreat.

Work exchange & scholarships available according to need, upon request. Due to our current focus on overdue repair and maintenance we ask those who need financial assistance pay at least $10 per day to cover our food costs. A deposit is required to reserve your spot. If this is a hardship please contact us.

If you are able to pay more in order to cover the costs of someone who is not able to, this is very much appreciated. Payment can come in as many installments as is necessary.


  1. Fill out registration form (please click on the box to the right to take you to the registration form).
  2. Pay for the retreat using the link to the right or send a check to the address below. Please do not use our email address to pay through PayPal directly.

The registration form AND online donation (or check) must BOTH be filled out for your registration to be processed. If you have not done both then you are not registered.

Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

Your Registration is not confirmed until we receive your donation. Your donation is also non-refundable if you cancel within 2 weeks of the retreat except under extreme circumstances.

Within 2 weeks after the receipt of your donation you will be sent a confirmation letter containing all the essential details about the retreat.

Refund, Waitlist and Transfer Policy




If you are applying for a scholarship, we also encourage you to apply for support from The Open Dharma Foundation. They have scholarships of $300 that can be used for tuition, dana for teachers, transportation costs, or anything else that would inhibit you from attending the retreat. Let us know if you are planning on applying, and we can write a letter of support for you. Scholarship applications are reviewed each month on the 15th so please plan accordingly.


Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word connoting the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms. The teachings, valuable beyond measure, are offered out of generosity.

Your registration cost covers food and lodging only. According to the ancient tradition of dana those who carry on the teachings of the Buddha are supported through the generosity of the community; thus dana to support the teachings may be offered at the conclusion of the retreat.

Dāna offerings to teachers and staff are gratefully received. They rely on these voluntary financial contributions given to them by participants.

About the Instructor

Sakti Rose, MA, SEP

As in my clinical practice of several decades, I trained and am passionate both as a Naropa trained Contemplative Psychotherapist and as a Somatic Experiencing trauma therapist. This work couples my enthusiasm for healing the mind and the body both thru sensory awareness in the body’s movement joined with my personal dharma practice of 40 years. Meditation in this desert setting has always allowed me a safe space to unwind, settle onto the earth, and listen to the heart of peace, joy and moment to moment awareness happening in the here and now. Our bodies hold the keys to the dharma flowering if we only take the time to listen.

As Ruth often quoted from D.H. Lawrence, “My belief is in the blood and flesh as being wiser than the intellect. The body - unconscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know that we are alive, alive to the depths of our souls and in touch somewhere with the vivid reaches of the cosmos. “