Guests are welcome to visit Deer Park on designated Days of Mindfulness or to register for an overnight retreat. You do not need prior meditation experience to visit us, but we do ask that you plan your visit for times when the monastery is open and receiving visitors. If you have registered for an overnight retreat, please plan to arrive on your designated arrival day. The monastery gate will remain closed outside of these times.
Public Visiting Hours
Guests are welcome to visit the monastery on Sunday Days of Mindfulness when the monastery gate is open to the public from 8 AM to 4 PM. To learn more, visit the Come for the Day page of our website and see our Calendar for our Day of Mindfulness schedule.
We offer a number of seasonal and special retreats throughout the year. Please visit our Register for a Retreat page for information on current overnight retreat opportunities, including retreat descriptions, available arrival dates, and pricing information. You can apply to register for an available retreat by completing an online registration form. We receive overnight guests only on the listed seasonal and special retreat arrival days.
While You Are Here
During your time here, you are invited to practice sitting and walking meditation, to enjoy mindful eating with the community, to listen to talks by our teachers, to visit our gardens, and to walk along the nature trails.
Day of Mindfulness sample schedule:
8:45 AM – Arrival to Deer Park
9:00 AM – Walking meditation
10:15 AM – Dharma talk
11:30 AM – Recitation ceremony or dharma discussion
12:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Bookshop opens
2:00 PM – Total Relaxation Meditation
3:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes
Seasonal Retreat sample schedule:
5:00 AM – Wake up bell
5:45 AM – Sitting meditation
6:45 AM – Exercise time
7:30 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Working meditation
11:30 AM – Walking meditation
12:30 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – Mindful rest period
3:00 PM – Class or meeting
4:30 PM – Walking or sitting and chanting meditation
6:00 PM – Light dinner
7:30 PM – Class or personal study time
9:30 PM – Noble silence
10:30 PM – Lights out and bedtime
The dorm room lodging in Deer Park Monastery is simple with only shared rooms (up to six people per room). Rooms have a toilet, sink, and shower. Guests are provided with a mattress on bunk bed frames. Rooms are heated in the cooler times of the winter and air-conditioning is available during warmer times of the summer. During seasonal retreat, men reside in Solidity Hamlet; women reside in Clarity Hamlet; and couples and families reside in Solidity Hamlet.
Tenting is also available with toilets, sinks, and individual showers in the campground. Men, women, and couples are segregated into different areas of the campground, but specific locations cannot be reserved. You must bring your own tent and sleeping bag.
Food is included with your registration fee. For every full day, there are three vegetarian, and generally vegan, meals per day. Unfortunately, we are limited in our capacity to accommodate people who have special dietary or medical needs. For those staying in Solidity Hamlet, a small community refrigerator is available in Solidity Hamlet Tearoom.
Because of our communal practice, guests cannot bring pets to our practice center.
What to Bring – Overnight Guests
If you are planning to stay overnight, you are encouraged to bring items necessary for your comfort such as the following:
- Water bottle
- Alarm clock
- Bedding and/or sleeping bag
- Personal items
- Hand soap
- Good walking or hiking shoes
- Warm clothing and footwear, particularly in winter months
- Sun hat in summer and warm hat in winter
- Cloth napkin for meals
Effective January 1, 2017: There will be a $10 fee for borrowing bedding from the monastery.
If you would like more information on visiting Deer Park, please see our Come For the Day and Register for a Retreat pages. For schedule information, please see our Calendar.
“The foundation of a good community is a daily life that is joyful and happy.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh