Sugarplum Sangha


Since the time of the Buddha, the Sangha has cultivated a tradition of offering the Dharma free to anyone eager to learn and practice. This offering is made with faith in everyone's Buddha-nature and the belief that we all benefit from the integration of the teachings in our life and society.

Generosity is a practice that benefits both the giver and receiver. Thanks to the generosity of its members, the Sangha may live simply and authentically, inspired to be worthy of offerings by earnestly putting into practice the teachings of joy, kindness, compassion, and peace. Offering generosity to the Sangha is an opportunity to delight in gratitude for the Three Jewels and to meditate on the natural exchange of energy that is the flow of life. In this way, there is no giver and no receiver when there is true generosity.

Sugarplum Sangha is deeply nourished by keeping this tradition alive. We only charge for retreats what it takes to cover facility rentals and buy food. Practitioners happily give their time and energy to organize activities and facilitate practices, and residents maintain their own incomes to provide for their individual needs. We aspire to cultivate a community culture in which all practitioners, residents and extended community members, are inspired to offer their time, energy, and resources to care for the Sugarplum Sangha as their spiritual family and the Mariposa Institute as their spiritual home. There are many opportunities to practice generosity. Look below for one that works for you!

Financial contributions


Sugarplum Sangha maintains funds for a resident practitioner program, facilities improvements, and retreat scholarships thanks to donations. Donations are made to the Mariposa Institute 501(c)3 and are tax deductible Click an option below to donate and add the name of the fund you wish to donate to in the optional note.

Resident Practitioner Fund

Living in community is a major departure from the individualistic lifestyle society imposes. As residents, we have the opportunity to live simply, sharing our time, energy, and material resources so that we can put into practice the teachings of joy, kindness, compassion, and peace.

The Resident Practitioner Fund provides some income assistance to help residents pay for rent, groceries, and travel. In this way, we hope to make residency an opportunity available to people within the whole spectrum of economic means.

Facilities Improvement Fund

The Sugarplum Sangha works in partnership with the Mariposa Institute as caregivers of the facilities and stewards of the land. It is the mission of both organizations to provide clean, comfortable facilities for education, nature connection, and community building in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. Current projects include:

  • Trailer Renovation

  • Dome Rebuild

  • Permaculture garden

  • Gray Water system

  • Solar panels

  • Trail maintenence

  • Forestry Management

Retreat Scholarship


The Sugarplum Sangha is committed to maintaining a low cost of retreats to make retreat participation more accessible. We rely on support from the community to help provide scholarships and to fund the continuing development of Mariposa as a home for our community.


If you've received some benefit from retreating  with the Sugarplum Sangha and the practice we share with visitors,  a financial gift to this fund can help those who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to find refuge in community