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Dhamma Sukha Retreat Registration

Dhamma Sukha offers 10-day retreats in the meditation practice of TWIM-Metta-Loving Kindness, based on the earliest Buddhist Suttas. The goal is full awakening here and now, as described in the earliest ancient texts.


       Three types of retreats are offered:

  1. Online retreats which is a less intense retreat that you do at home even while you have work and family to take care of.

  2. The Zoom Retreat offered usually in the winter months. More Intense practice, where we expect at least 6 hours of sitting sessions. Undisturbed by family. Typically you are not working.

  3. Physical On-site retreats (this page) here, at DSMC. Totally withdrawn from worldly affairs with noble silence practicing all day long.


Upcoming On-Site Retreats

2023 On-Site Retreats at Dhamma Sukha -Open 


Retreat Dates for 2023     20 People Max/Retreat

Notice -Bhante Vimalaramsi is retired.

Multiple Teachers are offered -Certified in TWIM

*Only One On-site Retreat per person per year



Below Retreats Led By Delson Armstrong

  • April 27  to May 7  *Monastic Retreat  (Only people wishing to do a Temp Ordination) with  Bhante Saccananda (April Only)         FULL- w/ waiting list

  • June  1  to  June 11  **Beginners only


  • June 22  to July 2      ***Advanced-FULL- w/ waiting list

  • July   13  to July 23    ****Anyone

       FULL- w/ waiting list​



* This is a special retreat for those wishing to take a full retreat AND want to become a temporary monk or nun for that time. Full Shaving of the head and doing a short ceremony and donning robes will be part of your retreat. If you have taken more then one temp ordaination you need to contact us as we want to give others a chance. You will have had to have taken ONE online retreat or you can tell us about your experience.

** You will have not taken any on-site retreats --Online retreats are ok


*** You must have taken at least one On-site physical retreat


**** Anyone may attend

Additional Retreats

  Led By Various Teachers

Anyone may attend:

Led by  David Johnson

Aug  3  to Aug 13 

Led by  David Johnson & S. Jordan

Aug  24 to Sept. 3 


Led by  Drew Litchy

Sep  14 to 24 

Led by Khin Maw and David Johnson

Oct  5 to Oct 15 

Note - Deposit is $300 -Refundable up to 3 months before retreat starts

Easter Retreat in Calif. with Delson

Daily Schedule

5:30 am
6:00 am 
7:00 am
7:30 am
8:00 am
11:30 pm
12:00 pm
1:30  pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
10:00 pm

Wake up 
Sitting meditation 
Yogi Job 
Self-directed meditation 
Daily Interviews
Meditation on your own
Tea time 
Dhamma talk 
Self-directed meditation 
Further practice or sleep

This 10-night Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation retreat is a residential retreat.. All retreats are take place at our lovely retreat facility in the Ozark Mountains. The quiet and spacious facility is split into an upper Meditation/Meditator area and the lower Monastic area.

Participants will be instructed and guided in the practice of tranquil wisdom insight meditation. This is the method taught by the Buddha and described in the earliest Buddhist texts. Tranquil wisdom insight meditation is ideal for beginning students or advanced meditators seeking to cultivate greater wisdom and insight. Learn meditation here.

Our retreats are neither difficult nor a test of endurance, but rather a joy-filled journey on the middle path of clarity and wisdom. Every day an instructional talk, based on early Buddhist texts from the Majjhima Nikāya, along with anecdotes from personal experience, is shared as the evening Dhamma talk.. A daily one-on-one personal teacher interview provides each participant with individualized guidance and instruction. ​The retreat program provides an integrated and supportive environment for optimizing meditation practice. Eight precepts comprising a code of moral conduct are maintained during the retreat, which is conducted in mindful silence with an emphasis on ease and lightheartedness

The retreat facility is located 2 hrs. south of the St. Louis Intl Airport in St. Louis. You can drive in or arrange a a personal pickup from our staff.

This is a non-profit retreat. DSMC offers teaching and guidance freely and without payment any kind. Retreat fees only cover the direct costs of your accommodations. All donations to Dhamma Sukha are welcome and essential to continue functions at the monastery.

Arrival and Departure

If you are driving, plan to arrive at DSMC between 1:00 and 4:30 pm on the first day to check in. Parking is available at your cabin. Find the retreat manager in the dining hall, do some paperwork and then get settled in your cabin. Then you will watch an Orientation meditation video. The retreat will end after the morning meditation and breakfast on the last day of the retreat

Arrival by Air
Out-of-town participants requiring ground transportation to and from the retreat center should request the DSMC shuttle at an extra cost to get to DSMC. We are 2 hrs South of St. Louis Airport. Details may be found here

Arrival by Car

Please arrive between 1:00 and 4:30 pm on the first day of your retreat. Locate the retreat manager to be assigned your cabin and do your paperwork. Please print out a map just in case your GPS takes you into the forest...  All details with maps


Comfortable single or double occupancy cabins are available. You may request a single cabin or you may share a cabin with another retreater. Most cabins now are single and private cabins for your use only.

The full price for single occupancy room is $650 for 10 days. Includes access to a new bath and shower facility, a twin bed with linens, blankets, and towels.

Most cabins are single and can be requested. Also available are twin share cabins at the nightly price.



The dining room offers indoor seating for up 20 people. Breakfast (cereals: hot and cold, eggs, toasts, pancakes- Dairy and Non-Dairy option) and lunch are served buffet style. Two meals are served daily at 7:00 and 11:30 AM that include either vegetarian or meat/fish entrees with a gluten-free options.  Hot and cold beverages including tea, hot chocolate, and coffee are available. Refrigerated food storage is available to those with special dietary needs. Please let us know only if it is a medical need.

Detailed Information

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What to Wear

The weather in Missouri is typically warm and sunny with warm nights. Only light coats at most. Temps are from 55F at night to 95F at 3pm during mid-summer. Rain is likely so be prepared and bring an umbrella. We have them available here, just in case.

Bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, such as sweat pants with elastic waistband. Be prepared with layers that can be added or removed. Comfortable slip-on shoes are appropriate for walking around the compound. Headgear, such as a hat with a brim, and sunglasses are handy for sunny days. Bring a shawl or small blanket to wrap up in. All available here.


What to Bring for Meditation
Chairs for sitting will be provided in the meditation hall. You may wish to bring your own special chair, if desired, along with meditation cushions or pillows.We have a large supply of futons and cushions for the floor.


Other Necessities to Bring
Bed linens, blankets, and towels are provided by the center. You may want to bring a special personal pillow or blanket, if desired. Bring personal toiletries (toothpaste, bath soap, sunscreen, Kleenex, etc), flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries and a water bottle. There will be a notification bell to announce meals and group gatherings.


What to Leave at Home
Do not bring valuables, nonprescription drugs or alcohol. Do not bring food, unless you have made prior arrangements with the retreat manager for accommodation of medically required special dietary needs.
Avoid using scented cosmetics or perfumes that may be allergic to others. Reading and writing are discouraged during this training period, except during the evening dhamma talks. You may take notes. Candles, incense, and smoking are not allowed in any rooms. 

Clocks and Phones
Please attend to personal matters before coming so a not to hamper progress in mediation. To support the practice of silence, participants’ cell phones and tablets, and computers will be collected at the beginning of the retreat and held in a secure area until breakfast on the last day of the retreat. 

Alarm Clock
Mobile Phone

Emergency Phone Numbers
There is no public phone on the facility. If your family needs to reach you in an emergency, they may call these emergency contact numbers:
Retreat Manager, David Johnson cell phone:

Retreat Admin, Kirsten Jones cell phone:

Simplicity and Renunciation
Meditation retreats offer a sacred space that is protected and removed from the world. They allow participants a rare opportunity to look deeply inside, quiet the mind, and open the heart. Often the most beneficial and rewarding experiences of spiritual life happen at a meditation retreat. The sheltered and quiet setting is a key element that enables participants to develop patience, steadfastness, loving-kindness, generosity, joy, and wisdom.

These are the seeds that grow insight, compassion, and happiness. Participants are requested to let go of concerns for daily life and embrace an attitude of simplicity and renunciation by adopting a traditional spiritual practice that is called “taking what is offered.”

Taking What is Offered

  1. Taking Any Residence – whatever quarters are offered. We ask participants to happily accept the accommodation assigned and continue to practice in this spirit throughout the retreat.

  2. Taking Food that is Offered – Happily accepting food that is offered is part of the practice. The cook lovingly prepares tasty and nutritious meals. Gluten-free alternatives will be available for those with medically required dietary restrictions. Participants with other special dietary needs may arrange with the retreat manager to bring supplemental food items with them to the retreat. Food items are prohibited in rooms and the meditation hall.

  3. Silence – In fostering an atmosphere of contemplation and meditation, participants are expected to embrace the practice of silence during the retreat. Living in silence is the practice of observing within and not communicating with others. This includes reading or writing, using telephones, computer, email, or text messages. Talking is permitted during the evening dhamma talks and teacher interviews. Inquiries about the retreat may be directed to a retreat manager or whenever necessary in the case of an emergency or a specific need that arises.

  4. Serving the Community – After Breakfast there will be a Yogi-Job for 30 minutes in which the main purpose is to bring the meditative practice to daily life. It may include sweeping, weeding or other cleaning tasks.


The retreat is organized and managed by volunteers as a community service. Dhamma Sukha Teachers freely give the teachings and their time to be of service to the Buddha, the Dhamma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community).

DSMC Anonymous Survey

At Dhamma Sukha Meditation Center we are striving to improve our programs and retreat experience. If you could take a few minutes to fill out our survey it would be greatly appreciated!

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