Retreats & Events


May 17 - May 22: Work Retreat with Arinna Weisman

May 24 - May 27: Lovingkindness Retreat with Arinna Weisman

June 1st: One day retreat integrating art and dharma practice with Adriene Jenik and Arinna Weisman and others

October 1 - October 15: Two-week Vipassana Retreat for the Queer & Gender-fluid Community with Arinna Weisman & others

October 25 - November 1st: Fall Retreat with Jill Rayna

November 14-November 17: POC Retreat with Carol Cano & Noliwe Alexander

December 23 - January 1, 2020: Holiday Retreat 2019 with Sakti Rose & Nick Herzmark (Dates Provisional)

Information on retreats

We are committed to offering retreats for people of color and the queer, trans, gender non-conforming, bi, gay and lesbian communities.

Individual retreats

You are welcome to come here on self retreat using the meditation hall and kitchen in your own rhythm. The self-guided flexibility of this way of retreating allows for deep practice, and can also include other creative endeavours if you choose, e.g. journaling, painting, studying. You will also have support from the guiding teacher for 50 minutes once every four days. The cost is $35 per day. You bring your food to cook with the exception of longer-term extended retreats where grocery runs will be done by the management.

Work retreats (WR)

You are welcome to come on a work retreat, joining our team to sustain, build, fix, clean and organize the center. WR receive room and board in exchange for working 5 hours per day. The rest of the time is free to spend however one wishes-- meditating, relaxing, being in nature, reading, working on creative projects, etc. The day begins with a 45 minute meditation with all other residents from 7:30-8:15am. After breakfast the community joins for a work meeting at 9am. WR individually meet with the Guiding Teacher, Arinna, at least once a week to support your practice and well-being. All retreatants are invited to sit together in the evening from 7:30-8:15pm. Each WR has one day off per week, and one day (usually Sunday) to clean the space they are living in.

Formal retreats led by a teacher

Formal retreats offer the friendship of community, a suggested schedule and seclusion from the business of our lives. We learn to turn towards ourselves and to discern where we are sustaining suffering and separation and where we have the possibility of growing the beautiful qualities of mind such as faith, right effort, mindfulness, patience, renunciation and right concentration. As we deepen into our practice the energies of separation and distraction dissolve and insights arise that liberate the heart and mind.

Each of the retreats differs in format and schedule according to the teacher leading the retreat. All retreats are led in the tradition of insight meditation (vipassana) and the four foundations of mindfulness. All are held in silence with the exception of interviews, group sharing, or other activities offered according to the teacher.

All retreatants, whether on formal retreats, individual retreats, or work retreats, are asked to uphold the guidelines of the five precepts of refraining from killing, stealing, harmful speech, sexual misconduct, and using intoxicants.

Be Fragrance Free

In an effort to be inclusive and practice compassion, we request that all participants who attend daylongs, events and residential-retreats to please refrain from wearing scented products.

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Agreements for Multicultural Interactions

We invite everyone who comes to stay at DhammaDena to uptake the practice of these agreements in order to build a safe and respectful environment across all our differences.

Learn more about our multicultural agreements