Why Do We Offer Meditation Retreats?
How Does a Retreat Work?
White Heron Sangha weekend and daylong meditation retreats are usually offered at our Meditation Center in Avila Village (map and pictures) with up to 75 participants. Most of our retreats are held in silence; retreatants do not speak to one another, unless directed by the teacher. Meditating in noble silence offers a special opportunity to focus inward and to deeply connect with oneself. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop.
Our retreats are led by teachers from the broad Buddhist community, across lineages. The teachers offer meditation instructions, dharma talks, question and answer periods, and sometimes individual or group practice meetings.
Retreat Schedule and Policy
Tea and light snacks may be provided at break and lunch periods for weekend or daylong retreats. We ask that you bring your own cup or mug for beverages in order to cut down on paper waste, as White Heron Sangha is trying to lessen its footprint on the environment. Cups will be available for those who do not bring their own.
No dogs are allowed in the building except for trained service dogs in ADA-specified service.
Emotional support, therapy, comfort,
or companion animals are not considered service animals and are not permitted
in the meditation center. All service dogs, while on-site, must remain at all
times with their human who needs their service.
White Heron Sangha asks that all retreatants refrain from applying colognes, hairsprays or strongly scented deodorants before coming to the retreat. In addition, we will avoid air fresheners and scented or allergenic flowers in our facility. The use of such products may trigger allergic reactions and create health problems. Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include headaches, nausea, and a skin allergy like contact dermatitis. Watery, itching, burning, and red eyes, sneezing, runny nose, congestion and asthma symptoms are also common. We thank you for your cooperation.
Retreat Fee and Dana (Donations)