Scholarships for Meditation Retreats

Open Dharma Foundation exists to provide dedicated meditation practitioners in financial need the ability to attend silent meditation retreats.

Our Impact



Days of Retreats Funded

A meditation retreat allows you deeper access to your mind than probably any other experience.



Goes to Meditators
The bulk of your donation amount goes toward helping fund meditation retreats for scholarship recipients.

501(c)(3) registered nonprofit
Your tax-deductible donations support meditators who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend a retreat.

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The Open Dharma Foundation made it possible to take my meditation practice to new levels on a 10 day meditation retreat. I feel like a different meditator.


Recipient from United States

I’d really like to thank ODF for granting me this scholarship. Living in a developing country, affording oneself to go to an event like this is virtually impossible.


Recipient from Bosnia

This scholarship made it possible for me to attend this training which would have been impossible otherwise. I had a chance to learn a very effective and unique technique and way of meditation which changed my life. I continue to practice it and teach it to others. Thank you!


Recipient from Turkey

Meditation has changed our lives in lots of good ways. It makes us really happy to make it possible for someone else to go on retreat and learn more about the Dharma.

Hans & Anki

Donors from Sweden

Meet the Board


We are a group of meditation instructors and practitioners whose lives have been radically transformed by the practice of meditation. Retreats have been essential to deepening our practice and building our community, and we want to make deep meditation experiences accessible to all, regardless of means.

We are a group of funders, professionals, practitioners, and teachers who believe in opening up this experience to everyone.

We are a global community of meditators, and all are welcome.

The Open Dharma Foundation was started by Dr. Tucker Peck, who, in the middle of a potentially fatal illness, decided he wanted to start such a foundation in his memory. When he made a full recovery, he decided not to wait.

Jim Irving

Jim Irving

President of the Board

Jim is an engineer and community organizer living in Seattle, Washington. As one of the founding members of the Seattle Pragmatic Dharma Society, he hosts biweekly meditation discussion forums and group meditation sessions, as well as organizing retreats. His current work involves facilitating the growth of meditation groups through outreach and effective use of social technology.

Tucker Peck

Founder and Treasurer

Tucker is a meditation teacher and Clinical Psychologist. He studied meditation first with Sharon Salzberg and then with Upasaka Culadasa, who approved Tucker to teach. He lives in Alameda, California, an island in the San Francisco Bay.

Jeff Grizzard

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Grizzard is the Chief Operating Officer of the Open Dharma Foundation. He is a dedicated practitioner of Buddhist Meditation. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife Molly and dog Mabel.

Noah Starbuck

Board Member

Noah Starbuck is a recruiter in Seattle. He is passionate about Buddhist practice, community building & service. He hopes deep meditation practice will become available to as wide an audience as possible in a scalable & authentic way.

Lauren Berk Wheelock

Board Member

Lauren Wheelock is a computational scientist and educator living in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her wife and toddler. She has experience working with community-focused organizations to help expand effectiveness and reach. She has immense gratitude for the impact of silent retreat on her own life and is moved to share these benefits by making retreat available to more practitioners.