We are in the process of an organizational restructuring and the best conditions for our transformation is to close the center for the month of May. We have cancelled retreats and Thursday sits for this month. Thank you for your patience and many apologies for any impact from this change.

May 22-26, 2020

Caring for and building structures that give us safe space; a working retreat for those of us who can not sit still and also want to practice mindfulness or if we are happy to contribute our skills as an offering. Annie Clay will be our guide carpenter.

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 - $140 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. Register using the orange 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 letter 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.

with Work Crew Leader Annie Clay!

Annie Clay is a long time student of Arinna. She worked as a commercial and maintenance carpenter for 25 years. Happy to give guidance on your domestic DIY tasks.

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.