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 require all visitors and retreatants to be fully vaccinated.
Prior to Arrival at Dhamma Dena
Before your arrival at Dhamma Dena, please practice great care to remain uninfected. Wear a N95/KN95 mask when in crowded indoor public spaces. If you are traveling by plane, please keep your mask on during the flight.
Please also bring two at-home rapid COVID-19 tests with you. (If you cannot afford a test kit, we will have tests available for you to use.)
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.
Common areas will be ventilated by cracking a window or door and having a functioning air purifier.
There are outdoor tables available for eating meals, which you are encouraged to use.
There is the option to join the meditations outside the Zendo on the porch.
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
Wear an N95/KN95 mask in all indoor situations (Ex: Grocery shopping, etc)
Residents will only spend time indoors unmasked with people who have tested negative immediately prior to the visit
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
All people will get tested after potential exposure, i.e., when these safety protocols were not followed.
All people will quarantine while awaiting test results except long term residents waiting for routine monthly test results.