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“The miracle that can happen in our consciousness when we observe silence is the opening of the eye of the Dharma, the eye of the truth, the eye of love, the eye of compassion, the eye of wisdom.” — Anam Thubten

There is a place of total serenity and balance in each of us. A place of stillness. It is a place from which we are disconnected much of the time. Spending time in silence, it is possible to rediscover our inner sanctuary.

Sweetwater Hermitage was established as a place to reconnect with the serenity and stillness at the heart of our being. Being alone in nature – meditating, reflecting, and relaxing – is a way to reestablish the connection with the inner sanctuary that is available to us in every moment.

The Place

Sweetwater Hermitage is a stunning, fifteen acre property located in the mountains near Big Sur, 10 miles south of Carmel, California. Once a gathering place for the Esselen People, it is the first hermitage to be created by Dharmata Foundation with the mission to establish small, sustainable, nature-based centers for Dharmata Sangha members to do solitary retreats under the guidance of Anam Thubten.

Dharmata Foundation is caring for the land and preparing to build the facilities necessary to accommodate solitary retreats at Sweetwater Hermitage. Contact us to learn about the efforts underway and how you can help. Making a financial contribution to the ongoing maintenance of the land is a wonderful way to support the hermitage through this transformative phase. Now more than ever, we feel inspired by the vision of creating a place of serenity and healing for practitioners far and wide.