Stay as a Guest
You are welcome to visit as a guest outside of retreat. Guest stays can be a great way to get an introduction to the work of the center in a less formal setting, to engage in a personal retreat, or to simply have some quiet time in the midst of a beautiful natural setting.
Guests may maintain silence during their visit if they wish. The atmosphere is generally quiet, however during staff work hours, guests can expect to hear the sounds of daily life: kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, power tools, conversation, laughter, etc. It is usually possible to find a quiet space in the building.
There is a weekly meditation schedule in which guests are welcome to participate: two rounds of morning sitting from 7-8am Tuesday through Saturday, and two rounds of evening sitting 7-8pm Tuesday and Thursday. Guests may participate in all, part, or none of these offerings.
During the Quiet Weeks periods, additional structure is offered to support guest stays, such as weekly dialogue groups, and additional effort on the part of staff to maintain a quiet and meditative atmosphere.
The sitting room is available at any time. You may also sit in your room or other areas of the building, as well as on the many benches placed along the trails. Private meetings with teachers can be arranged upon request.