Visiting Students Program

Mountain Cloud’s Visiting Students Program offers meditation practitioners the chance to dive deeply into the living dharma through daily sits, samu work practice and community participation.

We are open for a limited number of short-term guests and visiting students. We are looking for people with an existing meditation practice interested in joining in the life of the center for a few weeks or months.

On a daily basis, visiting students and residents will participate in an hour of both morning and evening meditation (more if wanted), a community breakfast, three hours of work practice (or more to reduce program cost), and a community lunch.

In addition to a daily schedule, student guests will have access to one weekly interview with our guiding teacher, Henry Shukman, as well as weekly Teishos and Intro Classes, gardening and other sangha activities.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided five days a week (weekdays), and cooking facilities and some limited supplies are available for other meals. Once someone has completed two months and at least one week-long sesshin at the center, there may be options for longer term residency.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Visiting Student at Mountain Cloud, please contact our administrator. Email

Sarah Giffin has been a Mountain Cloud resident since the summer of 2017 and is now our resident and site manager.


Sarah, slicing adobes during cottage contrution


Tor Travis catching his breath during a building retreat. Tor is MCZC’s original resident and first resident manager. He completed 2-years of residential work and practice at MC in February 2019 and is now finishing his MSW in Santa Fe


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