RETREATS AT DHAMMA DENA


Work Retreat for Accessibility

Saturday, May 19 - Thursday, May 24

with Arinna Weisman

Arinna and the community at Dhamma Dena meditation center are really inspired to make the center accessible. We are offering a work retreat for those of you who are interested in making Vipassana retreats available to people with diverse abilities. This is such a lovely opportunity to come and work together in the field of friendship, kindness and mindfulness. We will sandwich work sessions with periods of silence, guided sittings, Dharma talks and group inquiry.

Your presence and your energy are really appreciated. You don’t need any special skills to participate.


Cost: Free
including accommodation and three vegetarian meals daily

Housing is simple, most in double-occupancy private rooms; all meals are vegetarian with vegan & gluten-free options.

Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word connoting the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms. The teachings, valuable beyond measure, are freely offered.
 

D
āna
offerings to teachers and staff are gratefully received.


for the May Work Retreat


INSTRUCTOR:



Arinna Weisman at work - please see bio at the bottom of this page


Memorial Day Weekend Retreat

Friday, May 25 - Monday, May 28

with Arinna Weisman

In this retreat we come together to explore our own minds and hearts through the practice of silent meditation. Meditation practice in community affirms the possibility of our awakening, helps to create the conditions for this awakening, and grounds us in the knowledge that we are not alone in this endeavor. By cultivating moment-to-moment awareness, we deepen our connections to ourselves, each other and the truth of our lives, in an environment of compassion and love.

Vipassana meditation (also known as insight meditation) is a simple technique that has been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Retreatants are invited to spend the retreat in silent meditation practice with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. In addition, guided movement, eating meditation, Dharma talks, group sharing will comprise a portion of the retreat. This retreat is open to beginners and experienced students. Orientation and instructions in meditation will be provided for beginners.


Cost:
Residential $180
Non-residential sliding scale $120 - $180

including accommodation and three vegetarian meals daily

Housing is simple, most in double-occupancy private rooms; all meals are vegetarian with vegan & gluten-free options.

Work exchange & scholarships available according to need, upon request.

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Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word connoting the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms. The teachings, valuable beyond measure, are offered out of generosity.
 

Your registration cost covers food and lodging only. According to the ancient tradition of dana those who carry on the teachings of the Buddha are supported through the generosity of the community; thus dana to support Arinna’s teachings may be offered at the conclusion of the retreat.


for the Memorial Day Weekend Retreat


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Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. 

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Arinna Weisman - please see bio at the bottom of this page


Two-week Vipassana Retreat for the Queer & Gender-fluid Community
with Arinna Weisman & others

Tuesday, October 2 - Tuesday, October 16

with Arinna Weisman

This is a wonderful opportunity to come together in community, to co-create a container that allows us to be who we are in the field of our dharma practice and activism. This retreat is committed to building an inclusive community.

The Buddha’s teaching of liberation offers us a practice of cultivating faith, kindness and wisdom, and the possibility of embodying these teachings in creative practices. Each time we come together as Sangha we give new expression to how love and wisdom are experienced and brought into the world.

We will explore the Buddha's path through guided meditations, dharma talks, group inquiry, and individual interviews.


Vipassana meditation (also known as insight meditation) is a simple technique that has been practiced in Asia for over 2,500 years. Retreatants are invited to spend the retreat in silent meditation practice with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. In addition, guided movement, eating meditation, Dharma talks, group sharing will comprise a portion of the retreat. This retreat is open to beginners and experienced students. Orientation and instructions in meditation will be provided for beginners.


Costs:
Two Week Residential $675
Non-residential sliding scale-two weeks $450 - $675

One Week Residential $360
Non-residential sliding scale-one week $240 - $360

including accommodation and three vegetarian meals daily

Housing is simple, most in double-occupancy private rooms; all meals are vegetarian with vegan & gluten-free options.

Work exchange & scholarships available according to need, upon request.

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Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word connoting the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms. The teachings, valuable beyond measure, are offered out of generosity.
 

Your registration cost covers food and lodging only. According to the ancient tradition of dana those who carry on the teachings of the Buddha are supported through the generosity of the community; thus dana to support Arinna’s teachings may be offered at the conclusion of the retreat.

for the Queer & Gender-fluid Community Insight Retreat


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Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. 

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Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison who was empowered by the great Burmese lay teacher Sayagyi U Ba Khin. She is the founding teacher of Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley. She is co-author of the book, A Beginner’s Guide to Insight Meditation and a contributor to Women Practicing Buddhism; American Experiences, edited by Peter Gregory and Susanne Mrozik.

Her dharma practice and teaching are infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Queer community. She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.
www.arinnaweisman.org


Fall Retreat

Friday, October 26 - Sunday, November 4

with Jill Rayna & Shelley Hainer

In this retreat we will utilize Ruth Denison-like Vipassana methods to directly experience the subtle energetic reality of our inner bodies, with particular emphasis on the heart.

Coming into harmony with our hearts opens the door to compassion for ourselves and for others,  activating true wisdom, skillful action, and abiding ease. We will examine what blocks the heart from opening, and keeps us from realizing our True Nature.

We will practice Metta (Lovingkindness) not as a concept but experientially, as we take refuge in our own Buddha Nature, in the unchanging truth that is always present (the Dharma), and in the power of a unified energetic field (the Sangha) that is radiating well-being outward and unbounded, fully connected to all of life.

All practices during this retreat will be aimed at cultivating the ability to directly experience these dharma teachings, for the benefit of ourselves and all beings. The benefits to be gained from this retreat can only arise by scrupulously holding to Noble Silence.

Open to all, beginners as well as experienced meditators

Cost: Residential $45/day
Non-residential sliding scale $30 - $45/day

including accommodation and three yummy vegetarian meals

For this retreat, to gain the maximum benefit, we recommend attending a minimum of 5 days

Housing is simple, most in double-occupancy private rooms; all meals are vegetarian with vegan & gluten-free options.

Work exchange & scholarships available according to need, upon request.

Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word connoting the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms. The teachings, valuable beyond measure, are freely offered.
 

D
āna
offerings to teachers and staff are gratefully received.


 


Registration opening soon for the 2018 Fall Retreat

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Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. 

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J
ill Rayna
began meditating in college, then attended Ruth Denison's first Dhamma Dena Women's Retreat in 1979, where she embraced Ruth as her root teacher. She attended most of Ruth's Spring and Fall Women's Retreats from then on. In 1991, Ruth ceremoniously initiated Jill as a Vipassana teacher in her lineage. Jill established DharmaCreek Sangha on her coastal canyon in Sonoma County, where she did Mindfulness in Nature weekend retreats for many years until taking on organizational responsibilities at Dhamma Dena, where she presently serves as President of the Board of Directors and Retreat Coordinator.

Shelley Hainer discovered meditation in the late '80s as a student of Advaita Vedanta. When a friend suggested she check out Vipassana Meditation, Shelley found Ruth Denison at IMS. She was curious to see how Ruth would teach the Dharma since Shelley, like Ruth, had a connection to Charlotte Selver, author of "Sensory Awareness." Shelley is certified in the lineage of Elsa Gindler, Charlotte's teacher. Ruth's teaching style, its playful depth and focus in body-mind, somatic connections, and its practical application to daily living delighted Shelley and she continued practicing with Ruth over the years. The last time Ruth visited Shelley in New York, she insisted that Shelley should begin to teach, and we look forward to her ongoing participation in our Fall & Spring Retreats, in keeping with Ruth's wishes.

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ABOUT THE RETREATS

Dhamma Dena offers 360 degree views of the mountains and high desert, unparalleled sunrises and sunsets, and vast black star-studded desert night skies. Its accommodations are charming yet rustic. All retreats are held in noble silence. It is possible to attend most retreats for any period of time, even as short as one day, although longer stays will yield more depth of understanding and mental and physical relaxation. Beginners and seasoned meditators are equally welcome at Dhamma Dena.

Dhamma Dena retreats are not strictly “meditation” retreats, but rather are aimed at cultivating mindfulness both on and off the cushion, throughout all the day's activities, with particular emphasis on sensing the inner body aliveness in the here and now. The purpose of the retreat is to investigate whether the truth of the dharma can be personally realized, not simply intellectually, but experientially in some meaningful way by each of the students. A wide and varied number of mindfulness practices are introduced to guide the students, in a gentle and relaxed manner, to discover for themselves the truth that is unchanging, and which leads to a reduction of self-created suffering, and ultimately to liberation.

A typical day in the tradition of this lineage begins in the meditation hall. Participants greet the day with simple mindful movements to cultivate inner body awareness, then chant the traditional refuge to the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. A period of quiet meditation follows until the breakfast gong is sounded. There are late morning, afternoon, and evening practice periods as well, which may include along with silent meditation: guided meditation to explore the inner body, mindful movement to penetrate the aliveness within our bodies, sacred singing and chanting, walking meditation focused on the precise movements of each body part, meditation in a labyrinth, sacred dance, and mindfulness in Nature, with particular attention to the elemental energies both within and without. Mindfulness and gratitude practices are emphasized in all aspects of the day, including attention to eating and consumption, and to working meditation (mindfully sweeping floors or washing dishes). Dharma talks are offered on a daily basis, and there are frequent dharma discussions throughout the retreat. There are rest periods after all the meals to give students time to attend to their personal needs, nap, or explore the stark beauty of the surrounding desert.


                                            NOBLE SILENCE

Retreats are held in Noble Silence in order to create the space and inner stillness out of which insight can flourish. The vastness of the desert coupled with an inner stillness that is not stirred up by chitchat creates the ground within which the truth of the dharma can be directly experienced. The gift of silence is both a gift to yourself and to the Sangha.

ABOUT THE COSTS

The teachings are freely given. Retreat participants are provided with rustic but comfortable lodging and three vegetarian meals a day, which is barely covered by the suggested donation of $45/day. No one is turned away if they cannot afford the retreat. Full scholarships are offered to those volunteering to prepare one of the three daily meals, and a partial work exchange is available to those who would be willing to come early, stay a day or two afterward to clean up, or to take on more work responsibilities during the retreat beyond ordinary service.

It is customary to offer dāna or generosity to the teachers in appreciation for receiving the priceless gift of the Dhamma.

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Dhamma Dena, PO Box 183, Joshua Tree, CA 92252. 

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