The Maine Retreat


“Bodhichitta is absolute nonaggression, the epitome of nonaggression. It is peace without reward, and openness without feedback. You are simply open. The quality of gentleness and peace in the bodhisattva’s approach is absolutely devastating.” —Chögyam Trungpa


 “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” —Desmond Tutu

“There is hope in people. Not in society, not in systems, but in you and me.” —Krishnamurti

This year’s retreat is an exploration of how to obtain “peace.” The idea of brokering peace means negotiating personal views with shared views on what is acceptable to keep harmony between humans and their environment.

These challenging times have intensified the friction between personal peace, environmental peace, economic peace, and cultural peace. The idea of peace as a shared reality seems hopeless, given the chasms that separate us on issues of politics, culture, gender, and race. Our endeavors for peace often seem to perpetuate distance rather than understanding.

How can we allow, maintain, and create space for clarity when it so quickly becomes crowded with chaos and pain from wars, economic strife, and trauma – both personal and collective?  How can Buddhist teachings and practices help with such challenges?

Our main emphasis at this year’s retreat will be on the lojong teachings. The practice of lojong or “mind training” is based on expressing our practice through compassionate and effective actions. It challenges us to show up authentically and to be curious as to how to actively engage in the world. Lojong challenges us to take on difficulties and awaken our hearts.

At this time in our human development our gaze must be raised. Rather than merely envisioning peace, we are now called upon to engage with the world in a way that awakens peace.


Practice the Teachings of

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

During the Profound Treasury Retreat, we practice and study topics from The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, a compilation of the teachings that Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave over a span of 13 years at the Vajradhatu Seminaries, an intensive 3-month program of study and practice he offered to his students. Participants are strongly encouraged to study The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, especially the suggested readings, to help prepare for the retreat.

2024 reading list

Head teacher

Judy Lief

Judy Lief
was a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher. She has been a Buddhist practitioner and teacher for over 45 years, and continues to teach throughout the world. Judy is an editor of many of Chögyam Trungpa’s books including, The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma volumes.

Judy is also active in the field of death and dying, and is the author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality. She offers workshops and retreats on the contemplative care of the dying for pastoral counselors, hospice workers, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Her numerous articles have appeared in Lion’s Roar magazine, Buddhadharma: The Practitioners Quarterly, O Magazine, Tricycle, and The Naropa Journal of Contemplative Psychotherapy, among others.

Her podcast series Dharma Glimpses is a series of talks on different aspects of meditation practice and is based on Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s unique presentation of meditation. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

At the Maine retreat this year, Judy will be joined by a group of newer teachers to lead the Main Class talks & discussion. More details to follow!


The price of the Profound Treasury Retreat includes the retreat, lodging, and meals. The price varies depending on the type of lodging you choose. We encourage you to apply early. Our refund policy and other useful information is in our FAQ section. 

Accessible Housing: The Ferry Beach Retreat Center has two accessible rooms available for individuals with physical limitations. For more information about accessible rooms and their pricing contact us.

The Ferry Beach kitchen accommodates a wide range of diets and dietary needs including omnivore, vegetarian, vegan and gluten or dairy-free. We will ask participants to fill out a questionnaire before the retreat to make sure everyone’s preferences, special dietary needs, or allergies are part of the meal planning. You can find more information on meals at the retreat here.

Fees and Housing Options

Pricing Plans

For any questions regarding our pricing plans below, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Double Room
Most Popular!
Per Person
  • Linens Provided
  • May Specify Roommate
Single Room
Per Person
  • Linens Provided
Double Tent
Per Person
  • You Supply the Tent, Gear and Towels
  • Must specify tentmate
  • All sites have electricity
  • Some sites include a platform
Single Tent
Per Person
  • You Supply the Tent, Gear and Towels
  • All sites include electricity
  • Some sites include a platform
Triple Room
Per Person
  • Linens Provided
  • Bunk Beds

“Generosity is a willingness to give, to open without philosophical or pious or religious motives, just simply doing what is required at any moment in any situation”

– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Financial support

The Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation is committed to offering the authentic transmission of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings to all, regardless of their financial capacity.

If it will make the difference between attending or not attending the retreat, we encourage you to request financial support when you apply. Decisions on financial support are made concurrently with the application review.

If you would like to join us in offering financial support to those who need it to attend, please go to our Donations page.

The Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Sample Schedule for a Study Intensive Day


Arrival and Departure

Arrival day is Friday, June 7th. Plan to arrive after lunch and before dinner, 2pm – 5:30pm, to register and settle in. The first event is dinner at 6pm followed by an opening ceremony and welcome talk by Judy Lief at about 7pm.

The retreat ends on Sunday morning, June 16th, with final remarks and a closing ceremony during which all participants take down the shrine and close the shrine room. We need to vacate our rooms by 10am on Sunday – instructions will be given for where to leave luggage.

The closing ceremony is a very important part of the Profound Treasury Retreat. Please schedule your departure from Ferry Beach after 11:30am on Sunday, June 16th – lunch is optional.

Please make your travel plans accordingly. If you must arrive later than dinnertime on Friday, June 7th, or leave earlier than 11:30am on Sunday, June 16th, let us know as soon as possible by emailing the retreat coordinators,

During your travels to the retreat on June 10th, if any emergency should arise please call or text Scott 616-822-4433, or call the Ferry Beach Conference Center at 207-282-4489.

The Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center address is 5 Boardwalk Drive (formerly Morris Avenue), Saco ME 04072.  Their website has very good information on travel options, including driving instructions from all four directions. You can check that out on their site at Directions.

For those who are flying, there are three airports in the vicinity of Saco, ME, where Ferry Beach is located:

  • Portland Jetport in Portland, ME
  • Logan International Airport in Boston, MA, and
  • Manchester Airport in Manchester, NH.

The closest airport is Portland, ME, but you might get a better deal flying into Boston. From Boston’s Logan Airport, you can take the Amtrak Downeaster train to Saco, ME (book ahead for significantly lower rates), or you can also take a bus to Portland on Concord Coachlines.  Also check out our rideshare website to find or offer a ride:

Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center is not offering a shuttle service this year.  They are recommending Uber or Lyft from Portland, or look up a local taxi service.  Please consider signing up for rideshare here:

What to Bring

We will provide meditation cushions—gomdens, zabutons, and a limited number of zafus and support cushions. We also have chairs for those who prefer them. However, if you use a meditation bench or a favorite cushion, please bring it with you.

Ferry Beach provides each participant staying in a dorm with 1 set of linens, which includes sheets, towels, a pillow, and a blanket. If you need anything else, you will need to bring it. For example, you might want to bring a beach towel or an extra blanket or that special extra-fluffy pillow.

Campers do not receive linens or towels. Please bring these with you when you come.

Daily dress for the program is casual but uplifted (in other words, not loose work-out clothing). Please refrain from clothing with complicated designs and messages as they can become distracting entertainments or annoyances during sitting periods. We advise you to check the weather in Saco, Maine, for the retreat period just prior to coming and bring appropriate outdoor clothing. Maine in June is likely to be chilly in the evenings so layers are recommended. You should have rain gear and/or an umbrella, especially if you are camping. We have a celebratory banquet on the last night, so please bring one dressy outfit for that occasion.

Please remember to bring Covid Test Kits (at least three tests) and enough  medical or (preferably ) N95 masks for the full length of the program. We also recommend bringing a small portable supply of hand sanitizer to carry with you throughout the day.

Bring all your own toiletries including soap and shampoo. These items are not provided. Also bring any other personal care items and prescription, non-prescription vitamins & supplements that you use or may need. Again these items are not provided and unless it’s an emergency we are not able to shop for them during the retreat.

Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center is located 4 miles away from any kind of shop so there is no opportunity to pick up items once at the retreat. There is no store on the location of the retreat. Consider things like snacks, contact lens solution, soap and deodorant when packing for the trip. It’s Maine, so tick and mosquito repellent as well as sun protection are great to bring.

  • A flashlight
  • Bathing suit for the beach
  • Flip flops for the beach or showers
  • You may want a shawl or a throw for chilly mornings or evenings in the shrine room. 
  • Open containers like mugs are not allowed in the shrine room. If you need to bring liquids into the shrine room, please bring a spill-proof bottle or mug.


Practice. Practice. Practice.

The most important preparation you can do for the retreat is to have a regular sitting practice. Try to meditate every day and do longer sessions on the weekends. If you are able to attend group meditation sessions, that would be excellent. If you have been introduced to tonglen practice, make it a point to incorporate this into your daily and weekly practice so that it feels familiar to you.

If you’d like to purchase a PTR Chant Book ($30 including shipping within the US), please email

A great way to prepare for the retreat is to watch the video courses of past Profound Treasury Retreats produced by Shambhala Publications.


Keeping in mind that Maine can be chilly in June, especially in the early morning and at night, bring warm sleeping bags and blankets. Campers should also bring their own pillows, towels, linens and any other creature comforts. Be prepared for rain.

Since the camping area is in the pine forest across from the Retreat Center, consider mosquito netting or repellent, a light source such as a lantern and flashlight, and a sleeping pad or air mattress. Flip flops or other easy on/off shoes are great for the trek to the showers and WC.


All of the housekeeping and meals – cooking and kitchen clean-up – are provided for us by the Ferry Beach staff. However, you will have the opportunity to participate in shrine room duties at the retreat. This is an important part of our practice and community. We sweep and clean the shrine room and the post-meditation hall daily–sand blows in from the beach, which is just a few feet away!

There are also opportunities to volunteer for shrine room duties such as ikebana (flower arranging), umdze (chant leader and time-keeper), gatekeeper, shrine-keeper, and drummer during chants. If you have an interest in any of these positions, there is always an opportunity for training and practice in a supportive atmosphere. You can sign up for these positions at a board in the post-meditation hall, where daily announcements are posted.

We also have a number of events that require extra effort from our community, for our community. These include building a bonfire one night, setting up for the final banquet, and help with any feasts. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and engage with the retreat.

Food and Drink

Ferry Beach does its best to accommodate everyone’s needs, and provides vegetarian and vegan options for those who request them prior to the retreat, as well as gluten-free and dairy-free options. 

All participants will receive a Participant Questionnaire asking for information about their food needs and preferences. It’s important to fill this out so that the kitchen staff can plan to meet your dietary needs.

With respect and consideration for other participants, the PTR has a policy of no public consumption of alcohol during the retreat – except at the banquet when alcoholic beverages are offered.

The retreat is an opportunity to explore our habitual tendencies – including those around alcohol – and participants are encouraged to refrain from drinking during the retreat.


We have the OCEAN! It is brisk!!

Costs and Money

Prices range depending on the type of accommodations you select. Please see the Pricing section for more details.

Your program fee is fully refundable before April 26, 2024.

If you withdraw after April 26 but before May 17, 2024, 50% of your program fee is automatically refundable. 

We may not be able to make any refund if you withdraw after May 17 since we will be committed to paying our host for the cost of your room & board.

The admin team will review all refund requests after the retreat and make additional refunds wherever possible.

The Profound Treasury Dharma Foundation is committed to offering the authentic transmission of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings to all who want to receive them, regardless of their financial capacity. Please see Financial Support above for more details.

You can apply for a financial support during the Application process. Funds are not unlimited, and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please apply as early as possible. You will be notified of your financial support in your acceptance letter.

There is no ATM on premises or nearby. Please plan for cash needs before arriving since we cannot make trips into the village to get money.

Since there is no ATM on site, you should bring some cash (and/or a checkbook) for incidental expenses.

There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift to the head teacher (a traditional offering after receiving teachings). The amount of your teaching gift, if you wish to offer one, is completely up to you.

We also collect a small offering to show our appreciation for the Ferry Beach staff who who take such good care of us.

We can accept major credit cards for offerings if you don’t have cash.

Photography and Use of Electronic Devices

Participants cannot make video or audio recordings of the talks under any circumstances. An official retreat photographer will be taking photographs during the retreat. 

Finally, to maintain the contemplative atmosphere of the retreat, we ask that you do not use your mobile phone in public spaces and that you only use it in private if absolutely necessary.

COVID/How will the retreat be different this year

The Team

The 2024 Retreat Coordinators
Eric Diaz
Joe Armstrong

The Retreat Location

Ferry Beach is 30 minutes south of Portland, ME; 90 minutes north of Boston, MA;
and 5 miles from the Saco Amtrak station.

Ferry Beach

5 Boardwalk Drive (formerly Morris Ave), Saco ME 04072
Directions to Ferry Beach