Self and Work Retreats
Self-retreats are for individuals who have an established daily meditation practice and are looking for deeper practice in a retreat center setting. The residential community meditates together every morning and evening. Beyond these group meditations, self-retreaters plan their own practice schedule each day and are responsible for buying/preparing their own food. Self retreatants will have their own room and access to either their own, or a shared bathroom and kitchen. Self-retreaters may enter/use any of the common areas (main house, including kitchen and zendo/meditation hall).
Since there is not a resident teacher currently living at the center, we ask that longer term self-retreatants arrange to work with a teacher over Zoom/phone during their stay. If you are practicing with a small group, you can also contact us about arranging to come for a group retreat.
Once a week we gather to inquire and study a text. Occasionally, the residential community may host dinners and dharma activities; you are always welcome to join in if you’d like. We also ask self-retreaters to offer one hour a day of work to support the ongoing maintenance of the center. Typical work includes cleaning common spaces, laundry, administrative tasks, etc.
Dhamma Dena relies on dana/donations to cover our costs and continue to freely offer this center to all those interested. In the tradition of dana, you are invited to offer support for the center.
Dhamma Dena: Who We Are and What We Do Here
(This text was written when Ruth Denison was still teaching at Dhamma Dena. Without a guiding teacher, this description of life at Dhamma Dena continues to resonate with our practice as residents and on volunteer retreats)