May Work Retreat with Arinna Weisman
May 21-26, 2020
The May 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. Past projects have included preparing for accessible rooms and a path to the zendo, renovating previously ininhabitable trailers, and preparing for a greywater system. This spring's projects are still being planned; it will be a beautiful opportunity to build, create, and practice in the desert.
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.
Costs & Fees
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.
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. Due to our current focus on overdue repair and maintenance we ask those who need financial assistance pay at least $10 per day to cover our food costs.
- Register using the orange button to the right.
- 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
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.