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 August, 2023

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 Mandate

We require all visitors and retreatants to be fully vaccinated.

Prior to Arrival at Dhamma Dena


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. Symptoms of COVID-19 commonly appear 2-3 days before a positive test result. At this time, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:

Arrival at Dhamma Dena

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

While at Dhamma Dena

Masking is optional inside any of the common areas, including the Zendo, the Main House (kitchen & dining room), Samadhi House, Metta House, and shared bedrooms.

In the Event of a COVID-19 Infection

If anyone tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to move to quarantine accommodations.

Protocols During a Residential Retreat

Please see our Retreat COVID-19 Protocols.

While Outside of Dhamma Dena

If residents do not adhere to these safety protocols, they will need to mask for three days upon returning and then take a negative test before unmasking. 

Regular Testing for Long-term Residents