Apr 24-27, 2020

Mindfulness the great healer and liberator can be translated as bearing witness. With kindness it is like water holding a ship, like a mother holding her child, or standing as our own ally. These four days will be dedicated to cultivating our capacity to take refuge in the mystery of our own capacities of sati to bear, to hold to witness and to discern a path of healing and truth.

This online retreat will hold a traditional schedule with more flexibility allowing participants to leave and return when they need to. Details upon registration.


Costs & Fees

Online retreat - sliding scale $0 - $105 for full retreat

According to the ancient tradition of dana, those who carry on the teachings of the Buddha are supported through the generosity of the community; thus dana to support the teachers, managers and IT support at Dhamma Dena may be offered via our website or during registration process.

Work exchange & scholarships available according to need, upon request.

During this COVID-19 pandemic we are currently looking for digital work exchange to support our online hosting for classes, workshop, retreats, and meditation sittings.


  1. Fill out the registration form using the button to the right.
  2. Pay for retreat using PayPal using the button to the right or send a check to the address below.

The registration form AND the PayPal (or check) must BOTH be filled out for your registration to be processed. If you have not done both then you are not registered.

Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Your Registration is not confirmed until we receive your deposit.

Upon receipt of the deposit you will be sent a confirmation email containing all the essential details about the retreat.


Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word connoting the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms. The teachings, valuable beyond measure, are offered out of generosity.

Your registration cost covers the Dhamma Dena Meditation Center's operations and facilities expenses. According to the ancient tradition of dana those who carry on the teachings of the Buddha are supported through the generosity of the community; thus dana to support the teachings may be offered before, during or after the retreat.

Dāna offerings to teachers and staff are gratefully received.

About the Instructor

Arinna Weisman

Arinna Weisman first studied with Ruth Denison in the Fall of 1979. She became a devoted student and was empowered to teach by Ruth in 1988. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley, co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation and a contributor to Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experiences, edited by Peter Gregory and Susanne Mrozik.

Her dharma practice and teaching are infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer community. She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.

She is honored to continue the lineage of Ruth's and U Bha Khin's teaching and to support the health and vibrancy of Dhamma Dena Meditation Center as a guiding teacher.