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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!

Upcoming Retreats

Paths to Joy: A Weekend Monastic-Led Retreat with Ajahn Kovilo & Ajahn Nisabho (In-person in Twisp, WA)

Sat. June 8 & Sun. June 9 2024, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Though the Buddha repeatedly emphasized joy, or pāmojja, as an essential aspect of the path to awakening, many of us find our sitting practice lacking brightness. By exploring different routes to joy (paths to pāmojja), especially those emphasizing meditation on breath, loving-kindness, and objects of faith, the retreat aims to help participants rediscover happiness in their practice.

Ajahn Nisabho and Ajahn Kovilo, who will be joining Sunday, will offer talks, meditation instructions, and interviews. This retreat is suitable for meditators of all experience levels. Join for two days of meditation and teachings, 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, June 8th, and Sunday, June 9th, at the Twisp Valley Grange in Twisp, WA (344 W 2nd Ave, Twisp, WA).

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To learn more, see the event listing. To register, email Welcome!