Work Retreat with Doshin Houtman

Dhamma Dena Work Retreat, March 1-6, 2019

It is becoming a tradition for members of the sangha and friends of Dhamma Dena to come together for 5 days of work on needed upgrades and repairs to the center. Practicing in this work retreat is very close to daily life practice. There will be time to investigate the body-mind process, to see what all is going on during work, and what is going on in the interactions with each other. We will be working together for a half day, and practicing meditation and mindful movement the other half day. During the sittings, we will be asked to “drop” all attachments to the tasks we are involved in. There will be Dharma instructions and Dharma talks daily, with space for individual guidance.

Costs & Fees

Residential $10/day

This is a nominal fee to cover the three vegetarian meals daily.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

Housing is simple, most in double-occupancy rooms; all meals are vegetarian with vegan & gluten-free options.

Your registration covers food. 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, manager and cook at Dhamma Dena may be offered at the conclusion of the retreat.

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


This is only for registering for the work retreat...please go to the Spring Retreat page to register for that retreat.

  1. REGISTER HERE (please click on the underlined words to take you to the registration form)
  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 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.

About the instructor

Doshin Houtman was born in 1948 in Holland. In her forties, she started her spiritual practice during her Masters education in Religious Studies. She practiced Zen with Prabhasa Dharma Roshi (US) and continued with her successor Jiun Hogen roshi (The Netherlands). She was ordained as a Zen nun in 1995, and received the Dharma name Doshin. Which means way of the heart.

During one of the retreats at Dhamma Dena Doshin met Ruth Denison. The way Ruth taught the Dharma, emphasizing the awareness of the body, was for Doshin the reason to start practicing Vipassana meditation with Ruth as well. Doshin finished her Zen training in 2002. She got permission to teach in both lineages.

Over the years Doshin has become more and more oriented to Vipasssana. For her it is a beautiful down-to-earth practice, which enables people to learn to live in peace with themselves and in peace with the world around them.

In her hometown Tilburg (The Netherlands) Doshin gives guidance on the Vipassana path to groups and individuals.

Doshin was married, is the mother of two sons. She has four grandchildren.

Doshin loves to be outside in nature, bicycling and camping.