The Maine Retreat

JUNE 10-19, 2022 IN SACO, MAINE

Cultivating a Dharmic Life

Non-Violence, Compassion, & Daring

The real test of our dharma practice is in our actions, it is in how we live our lives. In this year’s retreat, we will look into Profound Treasury teachings on ways to apply Buddhist training in our personal lives and in our engagement with the world.  

We will explore such questions as:  How do we convey dharma through our presence and our behavior? How can we behave morally without becoming moralistic? What support do the teachings provide for dealing with the broader ethical and moral dilemmas of our times? And is there such a thing as a dharmic lifestyle? 


We will discuss insights and practical guidelines from each of the three stages of the path, or yanas.   

The hinayana cuts nonsense and dissembling.  By taking an honest look at our own behavior and its effects, we learn how to reduce the harms we cause and become less of a nuisance to others.

The mahayana cuts self-absorption. We learn to extend compassion to others without self-righeousness or moralizing. 

The vajrayana cuts hesitancy or holding back. We learn to engage fully with the world, see all situations as workable, and wisdom as all-pervasive.  


My hope is that this class will lead to a juicy discussion of how to deal with even the toughest aspects of life with greater insight, skill, benevolence, and humor.    

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.

See the reading list.

The 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.


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
  • Most Affordable
  • All sites have electricity
  • Some sites include a platform
Single Tent
Per Person
  • You Supply the Tent, Gear and Towels
  • Affordable
  • 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


Elective Classes

In keeping with the main topic of the retreat, two elective tracks will explore the way we live our lives and how we put dharma into practice.


Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Work, Sex, Money examines how the challenges of everyday life can serve as the ground for experiencing our wisdom as well as our confusion.  Although we all hope our lives will be a source of fulfillment and pleasure, circumstances can clearly pose great difficulty.  What support do the teachings provide for dealing with both the personal and the broader ethical and moral dilemmas of our times? What would we consider a dharmic lifestyle?  How could our behavior become an expression of dharma?   In this class we will explore such questions, while celebrating our ability to meet life’s slings and arrows with dignity, humor, and joy.

Order the book for 40% off at Shambhala Publications’ website using the code WSM40.


Building upon  True Perception, Trungpa Rinpoche’s book about “dharma art,” the second elective class explores the world of genuine or true expression, which seeks to invoke the power of our awakened senses.  Whether through traditional or more spontaneous methods, post-meditative artmaking relies on passionate attention to reality and appreciation of the nature of things as they are. In this way, everyday perceptions become a resource for a creative practice, which is not necessarily learned but discovered.  “The skill one brings to creating a work of art is not different from the attitude, insight, skill with which one approaches every aspect of everyday life.” ~ CTR.

Order the book for 40% off at Shambhala Publications’ website using the code TP40.


Arrival and Departure

Arrival day is Friday, June 10th. 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 19th, 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 19th – lunch is optional.

Please make your travel plans accordingly. If you must arrive later than dinnertime on Friday, June 10th, or leave earlier than 11:30am on Sunday, June 19th, 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.

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. You can see the Ferry Beach Food Mission Statement on their website.

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!!

There is a coin-operated laundry across the street at the campground. There is 24-hour access but after dark you will need a flashlight to make your way there.

Costs and Money

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

If you withdraw after May 1st, 50% of your program fee is non-refundable. If you withdraw after June 1st, a refund is unlikely as we will be committed to paying our host facility for the full cost of your participation. After the retreat, the Administrative Team will review finances 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

All participants should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have had the booster shot.  Proof of vaccination will be requested prior to arrival.

All participants will be required to send proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of arrival.  A rapid antigen test will be sufficient.

We are planning to have participants test again upon arrival, and on Day 2 and Day 4 of the retreat.  PLEASE PLAN ON BRINGING YOUR OWN TEST KITS.  These are readily available at most US pharmacies and free to US residents by ordering from  Participants will be asked to remain within the retreat “bubble” until the end of the program to limit exposure.

All participants will be required to wear a mask indoors. N95 masks are highly recommended.  Outdoor meditation spaces will be available for those who prefer not to wear a mask during meditation.

These protocols are subject to continual review and will be updated as the situation evolves.

Please contact Daniel Nguyen MD ( if you have any questions about Covid safety at retreat.

The Team

The 2022 Retreat Coordinators
Scott Lafontsee


Scott and Liz will be making sure all aspects of the retreat run as smoothly as possible. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Scott if you have questions about the retreat that aren’t covered here.

Liz Greene


Liz will be working closely with Scott and is handling the registration process this year. Please contact her if you need any help navigating any aspect of that.

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