Given our busy lifestyles and obligations, taking even a day for ourselves—much less a longer period—can seem like an unreasonable luxury. But the time can offer inspiration and value that will enrich the relationships to which you return, and drastically alter the ways in which you perceive the world. It can build your confidence, increase your sense of stability in an unstable world, and bolster your ability and skillfulness in addressing the issues of life.
Entering into a self-directed retreat allows you to design a program that best meets your needs and schedule alongside the daily activities of the community. This could be an intensive silent meditation retreat, or it could be a more gentle meditation program that incorporates reading and study, yoga and other body work, fasting, journaling, or other practices that nourish your spirit. You can choose to hold your retreat wholly in silence, or to mindfully engage with the residential community and other retreatants.
While you’re here, you’ll have access to our resident teacher for personal guidance. You are expected to attend our weekly Dharma talks on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Accommodations~(are limited for the health and safety of all)
Rooms for self-directed retreatants are single, private rooms with a private bathroom.
You can practice in your room or in the meditation hall. If you have access to a car, there are many beautiful hikes in the local area.
Breakfast is self-serve and lunch is served daily. Outside of scheduled mealtimes, you may serve yourself from prepared food/ soups, make your own fresh meals from food in the kitchen or you can bring your own food to prepare. You are welcome to bring closed, contained snacks to keep in your room.
Retreatants are responsible for keeping their room and bathroom clean, and for cleaning up after themselves in the kitchen. Retreatants may also offer about 1 1/2 hours per week of light work to the community.
$107 per night for single retreatant in a private room or $161 for two retreatants in a shared room. Minimum 2 nights stay.
The lodging cost for your self-directed retreat does not include dana to the teachers, if applicable. You are encouraged to offer dana at the end of your retreat.
Please fill out our application form, which is required for stays of any length. For stays of 2 weeks or longer, you will be asked to fill out an additional questionnaire and follow up before being approved for a self-directed retreat.