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Monthly Last-Weekend Retreat – Two Days of Meditation led by Venerable Nisabho

Join us the final weekend of each month in-person or via YouTube livestream for two days of meditation and teachings. Led in-person by Venerable Nisabho, a monk gone forth in the Thai Forest tradition in 2013, retreats will take place from 9am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, though participants attending from out-of-town may leave after 3 pm the final day to allow time for travel. Retreats feature meditation, Dharma talks, group meals, and occasional teaching appearances from other monks and nuns via ZOOM. Gatherings will be held at the Methow Valley Wellness Center at 105 Norfolk, Winthrop, WA (Map) and also via YouTube Livestream for those unable to travel. In the spirit of the Buddha’s teaching, retreats are offered free of charge and sustained only by the generosity of those who come and feel inspired to give. Space is limited. To register, click here.

Retreat Schedule
Saturday
9 – 10 am: Introductory Dhamma talk and meditation
10 – 11 am:  Walking and sitting meditation
11 am – 12 pm: Meal offering, silent potluck lunch, & clean-up
12 – 1 pm: Rest/ free time
1 – 1:45 pm: Dhamma talk and Q&A
2 – 3:30 pm: Walking and sitting meditation
3:45 – 4:30 pm: Break-out Dhamma discussion groups
4:30 – 5 pm: Closing comments, and spreading blessings

Sunday
9 – 10 am: Dhamma talk and meditation
10 – 11 am:  Walking and sitting meditation
11 am – 12 pm: Meal offering, silent potluck lunch, & clean-up
12 – 1 pm: Rest/ free time
1 – 1:45 pm: Dhamma talk and Q&A
2 – 3:30 pm: Walking and sitting meditation
3:45 – 4:30 pm: Break-out Dhamma discussion groups
4:30 – 5 pm: Closing comments, and spreading blessings
5 – 6 pm: Informal tea time, chat, clean-up, and general hobnobbing with new friends!

Note: On Sunday, the schedule from 3:30 pm onward is optional for those attending from out-of-town to allow ample time for travel if necessary. 

Meal

Participants should consider eating breakfast before arriving, as only a mid-day meal is scheduled. Cascade Hermitage retreats are offered freely, and the daily 11 am Potluck meal represents another communal act of generosity. The meal is composed just of what participants bring, and represents an opportunity for all present to support other practitioners through one of simplest and most wholesome of all gifts: food! In keeping with monastic tradition, food is generally first offered to the monastic Sangha, and then shared amongst all present. If you can, bring a dish or two. If not, know that your practice represents the greatest act of dana. Vegetarian and vegan options are helpful in accommodating all diets, but all food is appreciated. Some refrigerator space and a microwave are available on the premises. 

What to Bring

  • A meditation cushion or chair (some spare cushions and chairs are also available at the venue).
  • Water bottle
  • Dish for the potluck meal
  • Your Intention to practice in community

Overnight Accommodations

Those coming from out-of-town for retreats and teachings may choose from several options for overnight accommodation. As retreats and teachings are held at the Methow Valley Wellness Center (https://methowvalleywellnesscenter.com/) at 105 Norfolk, Winthrop (Map – https://goo.gl/maps/kqzQKwVmYVkV6wPE9), lodgings near Winthrop or Twisp are most convenient. Weekend retreats begin Saturday morning at 9 am and attendees may find arriving on Friday allows them time to settle in and sample the other attractions of the Methow Valley.

A list of local hotels may be found through Methow Reservations (https://www.methowreservations.com/), directories of local peer-to-peer rentals through Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/), Evolve (https://evolve.com/), and VRBO (https://www.vrbo.com/), and more informal stays through Couchsurfing (https://www.couchsurfing.com/). Finally, for a list of nearby campsites, free or very inexpensive, see the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=59073&actid=29). Beautiful, nearby campgrounds include Chewuch, Camp Four, Falls Creek, Buck Lake, Flat Campground, Nice Campground, Loup Loup, Early Winters Campground, and more.

For more information, please email [email protected]

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Date

Jun 26 - 27 2021

Time

8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Methow Valley Wellness Center

Location

Methow Valley Wellness Center
105 NORFOLK, WINTHROP
Website
https://methowvalleywellnesscenter.com/

Speaker

  • Nisabho Bhikkhu
    Nisabho Bhikkhu

    A Buddhist monk who received ordination in the Thai Forest tradition in 2013.