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DEN Meditation Retreat: Ojai

Savoring Silence: 5 day Silent Meditation Retreat with Heather Prete

Hosted at a Private Villa in Ojai, California

True silence is not oppressive, it is not lonely, it is not disconnected from our world. True silence is internal, it is rich, and it clears the path to insight and the qualities of joy, compassion and equanimity that are available to us all. Learn the value of silent retreat with Senior Mindfulness and Compassion teacher Heather Prete as she guides you to experience your inner and outer world with bare awareness—the mind of true knowing and loving kindness. This retreat consists of 3 daily sits, dharma talks and walking meditations, all led by Heather. Other activities for your inspiration include daily yoga, exploring Ojai’s beautiful natural surroundings, and personal reflection time. Throughout the 5 days, we will work towards cultivating inner stillness and savoring the silence that is so rare to find in our busy modern world.

“True silence is not a contraction, like the tightening and holding we associate with being told to behave in school. It is a process of gently unfolding into non-doing, of letting go of the habits that rob us of being truly here for ourselves and our lives. It is coming home…” – Heather Prete

Space is extremely limited and this retreat will sell out, so be sure to reserve your space ASAP.


Heather Prete: DEN Meditation Instructor


Heather Prete is a UCLA-certified Mindfulness facilitator, Self-Compassion teacher, and Mindfulness in Recovery coach. She began her formal training with Tibetan Compassion practices in 1998 and has received instruction in the U.S. and Asia. Heather spent time training PhDs at the Tarzana Treatment center and working as a guiding teacher for Mindful School’s online adult courses (which were featured in Time magazine’s cover story, “The Mindful Revolution”). She also worked with those in recovery at Alternatives Treatment Center, Westside Treatment, and BLVD Centers. Since 2000, Heather has remained committed to yearly retreats ranging from seven to 30 days in length and has completed three teacher trainings.


The retreat takes place at a beautiful private villa minutes away from downtown Ojai. The sprawling estate, where privacy is at a premium, is entrenched in the heart of nature providing an ideal and intimate setting for our silent retreat. In the mornings you’re awakened by the sounds of nature as you rise to an environment of serene wildflowers beneath the majestic Topa-Topa mountains. At sunset, the stunning ‘Ojai Pink Moment’ colors the mountains a gorgeous pink. In the evenings, bright starlit nights under the clear Ojai sky are the norm. Revel in a back-to-nature feeling, while simultaneously enjoying the benefits of fresh air and much needed peace and quiet—pure bliss.

DEN Ojai Retreat-May 2018-10



  • 3 person shared room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Separate entrance

Full Bed: $950
Sofa Bed: $950
BYO Air Mattress: $750


  • 2 person shared room
  • Perfect for those seeking extra privacy!
  • Separated from the main house
  • Shared bathroom in main house
  • No AC

Queen Bed: $1100 SOLD OUT
Sofa Bed: $1000 SOLD OUT


  • 3-4 person shared room
  • Private bathroom
  • Balcony
  • Mountain views

King Bed (single): $1500
King Bed (shared): $1200
Full Bed: $1100
Twin Bed: $1000 (SOLD OUT)


  • 2 person shared room, Shared bathroom

Full Bed: $1200 SOLD OUT


  • 3-4 person shared room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Separate entrance

Twin Bed: $950 SOLD OUT
Air Mattress: $850
BYO Air Mattress: $850


  • 1-2 person shared room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Perfect for a couple or 2 friends!

Queen Bed (single): $2000 SOLD OUT
Queen Bed (shared): $1200 SOLD OUT


  • 2-3 person shared room
  • Shared bathroom

King Bed (single): $1300 SOLD OUT
King Bed (shared): $1100 SOLD OUT
Sofa Bed: $1100

*A $300 non-refundable deposit holds your space.



  • 5-night stay at private estate in Ojai
  • 3 healthy vegetarian meals each day. Gluten-free and vegan options available.
  • Daily meditations and dharma talks led by Heather
  • Morning yoga
  • All activities
  • Lots of love and attention!


  • Transportation
Ojai Retreat: Highlights


“I’m so grateful to have been a part of the Ojai retreat. This was my first silent retreat and the teachers and staff were so supportive. I am looking forward to attending another retreat through the DEN. Did I mention the food was amazing? 🙂 Thank you Heather Prete and the DEN!” – Amy

“A beautiful location and a solid container were definitely a big part of my amazing experience; add on top of that a great teacher, and that’s all i could ever ask for. Heather has a unique combination of depth and understanding that she shares with a light attitude and spiced with a lot of sense of humor—a quality of a true zen master! Heather’s retreat was the first time I’ve ever done a vipassana, and hopefully one of many more to come. Thank you for guiding with so much loving kindness, and for holding the space so gracefully. It was beautiful!” – Nate

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