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A Buddhist Retreat in the Pacific Northwest

Cascade Hermitage

A Center of Dharma Near Winthrop, Washington

Cascade Hermitage plans to offer retreat time for monastics of all Buddhist traditions.

The vision for the hermitage includes a year-round monastic shelter, and a stewards’ home. A small community of three households that support and care for the property, Cascade Hermitage is situated on twenty forested acres and a half-mile of Wolf Creek stream frontage in the beautiful Methow Valley.  To learn more about the project or to get involved, sign up to our Newsletter or email us at To find other Dhamma offerings in the Pacific Northwest, visit the website of Seattle-based Clear Mountain Monastery. We look forward to hearing from you!

A Refuge for Sangha

As stewards of the hermitage, Sarah Conover and Doug Robnett hope to offer retreats to monks and nuns from both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, many of whom may give teachings during their stay. The Dharma of the Buddha is considered “priceless” and therefore all teachings are given freely. Some of the visiting monastics walk for alms each morning and may be encountered in Winthrop and Twisp in their colorful robes with alms bowls in hand. The hope is that  people will feel free to chat with them in a mutual getting-to-know you.

Join us for online & in-person teachings featuring monastic residents and friends of the hermitage. To hear about new events, subscribe to our Newsletter or YouTube channel. You may also email with any questions. Welcome!


Breath, the Ethic of Play, and Revitalizing the Practice with Joy: A Monastic Daylong Retreat with Ajahn Nisabho (In-Person in Winthrop & Online)

Sun Oct 30th 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join Ajahn Nisabho of Clear Mountain Monastery for a day of meditation and teachings on Sunday, Oct. 30th, from 9-5 pm, at the Methow Valley Wellness Center in Winthrop, WA and online. Mindfulness of breathing, or ānāpānasati, is frequently taught as the practice of simply bringing attention to a single point or quality of breath. However, the active minds of meditators today often fail to grow calm through this approach, and practice becomes more a burden than a joy. Relying on over a decade of practice in the Thai Forest tradition, Tan Nisabho describes an approach to breath meditation that works with, rather than against, the thinking mind. By conceiving of the breath as a broad energy permeating the body, pairing it with brightening practices such as loving-kindness, and situating it within a field of open awareness, practice may again become a respite from, rather than one more of, the day’s duties.

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