General COVID-19 Protocols

Below are our COVID-19 protocols for those coming to Dhamma Dena as one of the following: visitor, individual self-retreatant, individual work-retreatant, or long-term resident. If you are coming to Dhamma Dena to attend a formal residential retreat, see our Retreat COVID Protocols.

Updated October, 2022

We offer these protocols in the spirit of valuing all life as sacred. We hope these guidelines can keep us all safe and well as we come together to practice and overcome this time of collective challenge together.

Vaccination & Booster Mandate

We require all visitors and retreatants to be fully vaccinated with at least one booster, and to show proof upon arrival.

Prior to Arrival at Dhamma Dena

  1. All visitors and retreatants are required to take a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hrs (3 days) of arrival at Dhamma Dena and show proof of a negative result upon arrival. Most PCR test results take 1-3 business days to receive, so please schedule your test accordingly. If you are absolutely unable to find a PCR test where you live or cannot find one for free, there is an option to take a rapid test 3 days before you leave and then again right before you leave.

  2. Between your test and arrival at Dhamma Dena, please practice great care to remain uninfected. Wear a N95/KN95 mask when indoors or in crowded public spaces and practice 6-foot distancing. Please do not use a cloth mask.

  3. Please also bring one at-home rapid COVID-19 test with you. (If you cannot afford a test kit, we will have tests available for you to use.)

  4. If you are sick or experiencing the symptoms of a COVID infection, please wait until your symptoms fully resolve and you are testing negative before coming to Dhamma Dena. We are happy to reschedule your stay after you are fully recovered.

Precautions While Traveling to Dhamma Dena

For the safety of the community, we ask that retreatants keep an N95/KN95 mask on in all indoor, public locations, while traveling to the center. If you are traveling by plane, please keep your mask on during the flight, including refraining from eating. To drink water on the flight, use a straw under your mask.

Arrival at Dhamma Dena

When you arrive at Dhamma Dena, you will be asked to self-administer a COVID-19 rapid test. We will have staff available to support you with how to take your test if needed.

Protocols During a Residential Retreat

Please see our Retreat COVID-19 Protocols.

Visitors, Self- and Work-Retreatants, and Long-term Residents

Outside of residential retreats, with a smaller number of people residing at the center, we relax the indoor mask policy. We may share a living space, and be together indoors without a mask or distancing.

While on Errands Outside of Dhamma Dena

  • Wear a N95 mask in all indoor situations.

  • Wear a N95 mask when outdoors around people (ex: farmer’s market, restaurants, stores, etc.)

  • Carry hand sanitizer with you and sanitize hands after exiting any store/business and before re-entering your vehicle

  • If you decide to use gloves, sanitize hands before putting on gloves and after removing them. Wear gloves upon entering business and remove and dispose of them immediately after exiting place of business.

  • Sanitize door handles and most touched areas of the car often.

If residents do not adhere to these safety protocols, they will need to quarantine upon returning.

Regular Testing for Long-term Residents

  • Long term residents will get a COVID-19 test at least once every month.

  • All people will quarantine while awaiting test results except long term residents waiting for routine monthly test results.

  • All people will get tested after potential exposure, i.e., when these safety protocols were not followed.

PCR COVID-19 Testing Near Dhamma Dena

  • Rite-Aid in Yucca Valley offers PCR COVID-19 testing, which is 17 miles from Dhamma Dena. Their address: 57701 29 Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley, CA 92284

  • San Bernardino County Health Department’s website has PCR testing appoinments at various locations around the county, but the testing site in Joshua Tree is no longer in operation. Appointments may not be available near Dhamma Dena, so plan accordingly.