A great opportunity to serve
As part of the effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have temporarily closed our meditation center. To see a calendar of online events, including online retreats, please click here.
White Heron Sangha daylong and weekend retreats provide an opportunity for undertaking a more intensive practice in a safe and caring container. We offer both meditation and workshop-focused retreats to promote the instruction, study and practice of Buddhism.
Retreats are usually offered at our Meditation Center in Avila Village (map and pictures) that accommodates up to 75 participants. Most of our meditation retreats are held in noble silence; we do not speak unless directed by the teacher. Holding noble silence offers an experience that facilitates inner reflection and deepens one’s practice.
WHS is fortunate to have teachers from the broad Buddhist community, across lineages. Typically, retreats consist of meditation instruction, dharma talks, question and answer periods, and sometimes individual and smaller group practice. During the day, tea and light snacks are provided at break and lunch periods.
The Retreat Committee is responsible for the coordination, web page development, registration, publicity, audio-visual, refreshments, set-up, and cleanup. The committee meets quarterly and is a wonderful way to serve the sangha.
There are many opportunities to volunteer on the retreat committee or simply on the day of the retreat. Volunteers arrive about an hour before the retreat starts to prepare for the day and help as needed throughout the retreat. If you are interested in more information or in volunteering, please contact the Retreat Committee Chairperson Susan Quinones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.