Come Stay with Us

Family and Friends Smiling

We have all been feeling the absence of each other due to the global pandemic these past 18-months. Here in the monastery, we have enjoyed our siblinghood but we have most definitely missed you. We have missed our lay friends who live in households and communities around the world.

Over the last few months, we have been experimenting with having day visitors and overnight visitors. For the last two retreats, Summer Retreat and Vietnamese Retreat, we have asked visitors to wear a mask while indoors and all our food serving lines and wash-up lines have been outdoors. This seemed to work well for everyone involved. We are filled with gratitude for the visitors and the cooperation everyone offered. And everyone must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. There are no plans to changes these practices moving forward.

For the remaining part of 2021, we will be offering several different opportunities for you to come stay with us. Here’s what we know right now:

90-Day Rains Retreat: October 17, 2021 – January 16, 2022

The Rains Retreat is an annual tradition dating back to the time of the Buddha. It is a time to remain in one place for 90-days. During this retreat, we do not leave the monastery and there are even physical boundaries within the monastery that we do not cross. During these months we can come back to ourselves, experience more silence, deep study, and be more grounded in our practice. For those who have the capacity to be here for the entire time, it is a great gift to yourself. One you won’t soon forget.

Fourfold sangha at the conclusion of the ceremony to open the rains retreat.
Opening Ceremony for the 2019-2020 Winter Retreat

Attending the Full 90-Days

For women intending to stay for the full 90-days, arrival day is Friday, October 15. And for men and couples, the arrival day is Tuesday, October 12. In both cases, we begin with a 2-week registration period during which time you will get to know the community and make a written request to remain for the entire 90-Days. Registration is now open.

Attending Part of the 90-Days

We will be offering weekend, one week, and two+ weeks stays during the 90-Day Retreat. The first arrival day will be Friday, October 15 for one or two+ weeks stays. The first weekend arrival day will be Friday, October 22. They will then alternate weeks throughout the 90-Days. Registration is not yet available for these options and are subject to change.

Holiday Retreat: December 29, 2021 – January 2, 2022

This is typically a time for friends and family to come together to close out the year and celebrate the incoming new year. We are still working out the details, so please continue to visit our website or signup for our Coyote Tracks newsletter for a reminder. When available, registration will be here.

Three women smiling with the sunset behind them.
Hiking up the Mountain

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your questions. You can complete this form or comment below and someone will get back to you.

6 responses to “Come Stay with Us”

  1. Will the Deer Park Rains Retreat be online? The Plum Village Rains Retreat is not planned for west coast times, so some of the events are in the middle of the night for us, although it seems that they may be recorded so they can be watched later. Do you advise signing up for the Plum Village retreat at this time or is there a possibility of attending the Deer Park retreat online?

    • We will likely include regular dharma talks throughout the Rains Retreat. What hasn’t been planned are any additional activities such as dharma sharing. I don’t believe we’re planning an “online retreat” but rather elements of our practice will be brought online.

  2. Do you have a retirement and end of life community for retired and or elderly peoole who want to live in Buddhist environment?for reasonable rent and daily volunteer opportunities ?
    If no, are there such Thay ordained places you can recommend in the usa or mexico?
    Thank you.

    • Hello Hema, thank you for the question. Here at the monastery, we do not currently have specific facilities for retired or elderly people. Of course, if a person is older and relatively mobile then they could potentially come a stay long term. If we hear of any other place, and there may very well be, then we can post here again.

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