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

over

150

Days of Retreats Funded

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

over

90%

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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Testimonials

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.

Minda

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.

Djordje

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!

Elif

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.

Tucker Peck

President of the Board

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

Executive Director

Jeff Grizzard is the Executive Director 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.

Jim Irving

Board Member

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.

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.

Leigh Moyer

Executive Director

Leigh Moyer's meditation practice started with a ten day meditation retreat that changed her life. She is excited to be with Open Dharma Foundation and working to make retreat experiences more accessible to more people. She is a lifelong activist and worked on her first campaign at age eight. She has organized with Service Employees International Union, the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Defense Fund, and on more political campaigns than should be counted. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Leigh is the Executive Director.