February Work Retreat with Arinna Weisman

Feb 14-18, 2020

The February Work Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to co-create a center while building community and deepening our practice. We will train in awareness of what the body is doing and also acknowledge the gift of energy we are giving and how this opens the heart and mind and can bring joy into being. Last year we renovated Turtle trailer into a living space for seven retreatants and worked on some permaculture landscaping.

This year we will either re-floor Turtle trailer or turn an old shed into a new living space, depending on the number of work retreatants who sign up. If there's anyone out there with carpentry skills, let us know!

On this retreat there will be several periods through the day that the community is asked to meditate in the zendo to balance our energies and there will be periods of silence during the day. There will be guidance in mindfulness and loving kindness, group sharing and dharma talks.

Our work crew leader is Cakes! Bio coming soon.

"It's been a very transformative experience here... I've had so much fun balanced with a focus on mindfulness and really doing some deep work. It's been a very supportive atmosphere and absolutely wonderful training for life and working with the mind. It's also been very sweet to get to know the people who come here for a short or long while and connect over hot cups of tea or silently together during our delicious lunches, surrounded by the wind and the creosote, soaked in the sun."

-Allison (2019 Work Retreatant)

"It was such a great experience being able to serve in this wonderful community. This is such a magical and healing place! ...I felt at home immediately. Living in this center surrounded by all this beautiful souls in the desert was an absolute privilege. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and let me to be part of this. I wish you all the best for the future. May the center continue to grow and flourish."

-Virginie (2019 Work Retreatant)

photos by Nhat Nguyen


  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 meal fee 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 food and lodging only. 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 at the conclusion of the retreat.

Dāna offerings to teachers and staff are gratefully received.

photo by Nhat Nguyen

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.