Spring Retreat with Doshin Houtman

The desert is a beautiful place to practice awareness of the senses, and to discover what all is happening at the sense doors. It is not just about facts: most important is to discover what imprisons us and what brings freedom.

Vipassana Retreat March 8-15, 2019

This embodied mindfulness retreat focuses on investigation of the body-mind process as well. Buddha shows a way out of suffering. This suffering is happening in our minds. It is interesting to see that in order to overcome it Buddha invites us to start with investigation of the body. By doing so we get more insight in our attachments. The good message is that in dealing with our attachments we need to bring up and cultivate our wholesome qualities. Becoming more aware of these contributes to more well-being.

During this retreat there is more formal practice: mindful movements, sitting and walking, mindful eating. We practice in silence.

There will be Dharma instructions, guided meditations, and Dharma talks and there is space for sharing and individual guidance.

Costs & Fees

Residential $45/day

Non-residential sliding scale $30 - $45/day

Including accommodation and three vegetarian meals daily

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.


  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 $100 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 teachers 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.