Retreat COVID-19 Protocols
Below are our COVID-19 protocols for formal residential retreats (For example: a silent, teacher-led retreat in a group setting over several days). If you are coming to Dhamma Dena for another reason (visitor, individual self-retreatant, individual work-retreatant, or long-term resident), see our General COVID Protocols.
Updated October, 2023
We require all retreatants to be fully vaccinated, unless they are not able to for health reasons.
Prior to Arrival at Dhamma Dena
In the week 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. 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 take 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 required in common areas for the first two days of the retreat. There will be a second round of rapid testing 2 days into the retreat. If everyone tests negative on the second test, masking will then be optional for the rest of the retreat.
Common areas will be ventilated by cracking a window or door and/or having a functioning air purifier.
There will be outdoor tables available for eating meals, which retreatants are encouraged to use.
The Zendo (meditation hall) is indoors and tight quarters when a retreat is full. There will be the option to join most of the meditations outside the Zendo on the porch.
If you start to develop any Covid symptoms please let us know and begin masking right away.
In the Event of a COVID-19 Infection
If anyone tests positive for COVID-19 while on retreat, they will need to move to quarantine accommodations and possibly to make arrangements to leave Dhamma Dena. We're very sorry that we may not have the capacity for you to stay and quarantine here at Dhamma Dena. The teachers and other retreat participants would be informed that there was a positive test result. We would not cancel the retreat for the remaining participants but (depending on timing) would implement a fresh round of rapid tests.