Healing the Heart through Understanding Power & Love with Carol Cano and Noliwe Alexander

This retreat is currently at capacity. We are accepting applicants to our waitlist.

Please fill out an application and we will be in touch if a spot opens up.

November 14 - November 17, 2019

Healing the Heart through Understanding Power & Love

Retreat in the Desert ~ For People of Color

“My dear friends, I suggest that there is another kind of power, a greater power: The power to be happy right in the present moment, free from addiction, fear, despair, discrimination, anger and ignorance.”~ Thich Nhat Hanh~

Attending to the heart and cultivating clarity allows us to discover what is truly meaningful in our lives. Join us for 4 days of exploration into what gets in our way while journeying to our true power and the courage to stand by one's authentic self and wisdom, to better understand the depth of our inherent goodness.

We will engage in the sublime teachings of the BuddhaDharma, mindful silent meditation reflection practices and the healing power of the Divine Abodes (Brahma Viharas). Let's walk together into returning to our powerful inner source of love ~ our home within.

Retreat is open to all levels of meditation practice.

Costs & Fees

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

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

Including 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.

Housing is provided on first come-first serve basis. We will only take housing considerations if you have a disability.

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.


(Waitlist Only)

  1. Fill out registration form (please click on the box to the right to take you to the registration form).
  2. Pay 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 deposit. Your deposit 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 deposit 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 Instructors

Carol Cano

Carol Cano, M.A. began her practice over 30 years ago at Wat Kow Tahm in Thailand and has actively engaged in building communities and teaching Dharma internationally. She has completed a myriad of training programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is currently participating in their Retreat Teacher Training. Carol is a core teacher and was a former board member of East Bay Meditation Center. Carol co-founded Philippine Insight Meditation Community in Philippines. Her unique teachings are deeply grounded in Basque, Native American and Buddhist influences that braid the Dharma along indigenous wisdom and Earth-based practices. Carol reminds us to keep grounded in our hearts as we uphold spiritual ideals and encourages us to remain balanced within the demands of modern life. To find out more about Carol, please visit www.carolcano.com.

Noliwe Alexander

Noliwe Alexander has been a student of Vipassana meditation for close to 20 years. Throughout this time of deep devotion to the Dharma, Noliwe has become a dedicated practitioner, teacher of various sitting groups around the Bay Area, facilitator of community workshops and Buddhist meditation day longs and class series programs. She is a Life & Business Coach dedicating both her coaching Dharma practice to the POC, LGBT, At Risk and Elder communities. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock's CDL4 program and completed EBMC's Commit 2 Dharma program in 2010. Noliwe is currently participating in the Spirit Rock Teacher Training from 2017-2020. Noliwe is a wisdom keeper and humbled by the presence of her ancestor's spirit that lives within and walks beside her.