As part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, some retreats may be held only online on Zoom or they may be hybrid, with some people onsite and others attending on Zoom. See each retreat listing for more information.
Retreats offer a unique opportunity for immersion in the practice and teachings of Buddhism. White Heron Sangha is grateful to be able to offer weekend or daylong retreats taught by dharma teachers from outside the community. These invited teachers represent diverse lineages and schools of Buddhism.
How Does a Retreat Work?
Retreats are held in a group setting, either in person or on Zoom, usually for one or two days on a weekend. During the retreat, teachers may offer meditation instruction, dharma talks, question and answer periods, and sometimes individual or group practice meetings. There may be periods of silence, sitting meditation and walking meditation. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions offered in order to receive the greatest benefit and out of respect for the teacher.
In-Person Retreat Tips
Tea and light snacks may be provided at break and lunch periods during in-person retreats. To lessen the footprint on the environment, participants are encouraged to bring their own cups or mugs. Cups will be available for those who do not bring their own.
No dogs are allowed in the building except for trained service dogs in ADA-specified service. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals and are not permitted in the meditation center. All service dogs, while on-site, must remain at all times with their human who needs their service.