In an interconnected world, a contemplative practice creates the space for self-awareness that promotes personal well-being and a compassionate connection to self, community and nature.

The Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Program was created to make the unique benefits of a sitting contemplative practice in a retreat context more widely available. In the early years of the Program, fellowships were offered to educators, artists and health care professionals. Now, Hemera will make the experience of a contemplative practice available to anyone with a commitment to service - a deep desire to devote oneself to servicing others through their work. Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older and working full-time in their profession.

Eligible fellows may attend one meditation retreat per calendar year at one of our partner retreat centers.

Applicants apply directly to the center holding the retreat they would like to attend.

75% funding is available to applicants who have never attended a residential meditation retreat longer than two nights or who are new to a particular retreat center.

50% funding is available to applicants who have attended a meditation retreat longer than two nights or who have previous received a Hemera fellowship.

Need-based funding may be available to support up to 100% of retreat costs.

All applicants must apply for their own fellowship. No one may apply on behalf of someone else.

Potential eligible fellows may include:

·         Educators, school administrators and staff

·         Health care professionals

·         Artists

·         First responders

·         Employees working for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or private foundation

·         Employees of government and non-governmental organizations providing direct services

·         Members of active or retired military; reservists


To Apply

There is no application deadline; instead, prospective fellows should apply directly to the retreat center they are interested in attending for the retreat of their choice. Not all retreats offered by a center are eligible for Hemera fellowship. Please carefully review the fellowship application details and other information on the retreat center’s website so that you have a clear idea of what is involved in applying for a fellowship and registering for the retreat. Fellowship funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Please carefully review the information about the Fellowship Program. Fellowships are available for various retreats at all of our partnered retreat centers. Not all retreats are eligible for fellowship funding.

  2. Select a retreat center. Visit that center’s website to identify which retreat you would like to attend.

  3. Follow the application link on the retreat center’s website to complete and submit your Hemera Contemplative Fellowship Application.

  4. The Fellowship application is for funding only. You may be asked to complete a separate registration for the retreat center.

  5. You may also be asked to demonstrate completion of retreat center/program prerequisites, if any.

Fellowships are awarded on a rolling basis; therefore, we strongly recommend applying early while there are still fellowships available at the center you're interested in.


Retreat Centers

We partner with the following retreat centers. For each fellowship program, please check directly with the individual retreat centers for availability:

  • Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA

  • Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center, Tusas Mountains, NM

  • Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, Springfield, NH

  • Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt. Tremper, NY

  • Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford, CT

  • Dharma Drum Retreat Center, Pine Bush, NY

  • Dharma Ocean, Crestone, CO

  • Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

  • Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA

  • New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, New York, NY

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