Summer Immersion Program

The Compassion In Action Network is a movement and community of young people working to create a happy, just, and flourishing world. Youth have always been at the forefront of social change, and today’s rising generation knows that our challenges are interconnected and that we need both inner change at the personal level as well as outer change in our communities and world. In partnership with young people and older allies across North America, we are growing a network of next-generation leaders who live and act compassionately for the benefit of all.  

In July 2023, we will open our doors for the first time, welcoming students to study and practice at the Namchak Retreat Ranch in beautiful Western Montana.

The Compassion in Action Summer Immersion Program is a four-week retreat-style experience: part study, part meditation retreat, and part environmental stewardship. This program is for young people ages 18-27 to learn meditation practices, build meaningful community, explore social change models, and engage in contemplative practices relating to land stewardship — including permaculture farming.

As an offering by the Namchak Foundation, an education organization sharing Tibetan Buddhist practices in contemporary ways, this four-week immersion program integrates ancient and modern wisdom. As part of the curriculum, the participants will receive instruction in Buddhist principles, in particular those practiced by the Namchak Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism

Inspired by the path of the bodhisattva, students embark upon a journey that includes contemplative practice, community building, shared learning, and hands-on work on the land. 

In This Program, You Will

  • Join an inspiring community of like-minded people engaged in inner and outer change, making lifelong friendships

  • Become familiar with the state, peace, and presence of this natural way of being

  • Learn time-tested and lab-tested Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices that you can use to decrease your stress, increase your focus and improve your overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being

  • Engage in shared learning and practice and cultivate authentic, satisfying friendships that can last a lifetime

  • Develop foundational life and leadership skills for creating personal, interpersonal, and social change

  • Receive direct guidance and mentoring from Tibetan and Western experts

  • Live, study, and work in a beautiful, awe-inspiring environment

Who Should Apply

People ages 18 – 27 who are interested in learning about Buddhist principles and looking to deepen their meditation practice in a supportive community while living close to and benefiting the earth. 

Additional criteria for joining this cohort include

  • You have an interest in group meditation and daily personal practice

  • You have an interest in developing personal and group leadership skills and in learning about how to create social change

  • You have a commitment to team collaboration

  • You have the willingness to learn and grow in new ways

  • You are comfortable living in a remote setting

  • You can commit to the entire four-week program

College Credit

This immersive program does not offer academic credit. Students enrolled in college can coordinate an independent study with their academic home. Namchak teachers and program staff can serve as advisors for this process. Upon completion, students may request letters of recommendation for college applications, internships, and paid positions.

Are You Ready To Apply?

The Compassion in Action Summer Immersion Program is an intensive and life-changing journey. It requires significant time and effort and sustained practice and engagement. Please make sure you are up for making this commitment before you apply.

About The Curriculum

The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive set of skills and practices that can help them navigate life’s challenges with greater ease, clarity, and connection. The program consists of several elements, including personal contemplative practice, intentional group practice, and mindful work on the Ranch.

  • The personal element of the program includes the teaching of Shamata, Vipassana, and the Four Boundless Qualities (Compassion, Loving Kindness, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity). These practices can help students quiet their minds, cultivate deeper connection, and develop greater self-awareness.
  • The community element of the program focuses on Engaged Awareness in Action, drawing from the Academy for the Love of Learning. This component of the program helps students learn how to connect with others and develop greater empathy and compassion.
  • The world element of the program includes advocacy and activism, helping students explore what is “my” work to do in the world. This component of the program can help students develop a greater sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

Finally, the program includes mindful work, such as permaculture, mindful clean-up, and food prep. These activities provide students with an opportunity to practice mindfulness in action, bringing greater awareness and intentionality to their everyday tasks.

The program is intended to provide students with a transformative experience that can help them develop skills and practices they can carry with them far beyond the retreat. By cultivating greater ease, clarity, and connection, students can learn how to surf the waves of life with greater skill and grace, benefitting not only themselves but also their fellow waves.

Tuition Information

Tuition is on a sliding scale of up to $2,500. Partial or full scholarships are available based on extenuating circumstances. All are welcome to apply to the Summer Immersion Program no matter the financial situation.

Location + Short Introduction of the Namchak Ranch

Applications for the 2023 Summer Immersion Program are currently closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2024 program in the Winter of 2024. Please submit an interest form if you’d like to receive updates about the program. 

Daily Schedule

*This is the general flow of the day.

7:00 AM

Wake Up!

7:30 AM

Movement & Meditation

8:15 AM

Simple (light) Breakfast & Pack Lunch

9:00 AM

Mindful Cleanup & Prepare for Work Session

9:15 AM

Mindful Work Session

· Lunch happens in the field

12:30 PM

Return from Work Session

· Break, clean-up from the field (tea and snacks)

1:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30

Flexible time

4:00 PM


5:00 PM


6:00 PM

Mindful Cleanup & Free Time

6:30 PM


7:15 PM

Walk or Study Time

7:30 PM

Wisdom Talk or Reading

Evening Snack

Small Groups or Learning Circle


9:30 PM

10:00 PM


Application Process

Applications for the Summer 2023 program are currently closed. If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please use the interest form below.