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Those unable to attend in person are welcome to tune into the Livestream of the event on Cascade Hermitage's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO7WGnxYzQ0x6aLUvtpXjPQ).

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Monthly Final Weekend Retreats

Join us the final weekend of every month in-person or via YouTube livestream for one or two days of meditation and teachings. Led in-person by Venerable Nisabho, a monk gone forth in the Thai Forest tradition in 2013, retreats will take place Saturday and Sunday, though participants are welcome to just come Saturday, as their schedules allow. Retreats feature meditation, Dharma talks, breakout discussions, group meals, and occasional teaching appearances from other monks and nuns via ZOOM. Gatherings will be held at the Methow Valley Wellness Center at 105 Norfolk, Winthrop, WA (Map) and also via YouTube Livestream for those unable to travel. In the spirit of the Buddha’s teaching, retreats are offered free of charge and sustained only by the generosity of those who come and feel inspired to give. Space is limited.

Retreat Schedule

Saturday

9 - 10 am: Introductory talk and meditation

10 - 11 am: Dhamma talk and meditation (also livestreamed on YouTube)

11 am - 12 pm: Meal offering, silent potluck lunch, & clean-up

12 - 1 pm: Rest/ free time

1 - 1:45 pm: Dhamma talk and Q&A (also livestreamed on YouTube)

2 - 3:30 pm: Walking and sitting meditation

3:45 - 4:30 pm: Break-out Dhamma discussion groups

4:30 - 5 pm: Closing comments, and spreading blessings (also livestreamed on YouTube)

5 - 6 pm: Informal tea time, chat, clean-up, and general hobnobbing with new friends!

Sunday

8 - 9:15 am Sitting and walking meditation

9:30 - 10 am: Guided medtiation

10 - 10:45 am Dhamma talk (also livestreamed on YouTube)

11 am - 12 pm: Meal offering, silent potluck lunch, & clean-up

12 - 1 pm: Rest/ free time

1 - 1:45 pm: Dhamma talk and Q&A (also livestreamed on YouTube)

2 - 3:00 pm: Walking and sitting meditation/ Interviews

3 - 3:30 pm: Closing comments and spreading blessings (also livestreamed on YouTube)

3:30 - 4:30 pm: Informal tea time, chat, clean-up, and general hobnobbing with new friends!

Note: All Sunday offerings are optional. Retreatants may attend for just Saturday

Meal
Participants should consider eating breakfast before arriving, as only a mid-day meal is scheduled. Cascade Hermitage retreats are offered freely, and the daily 11 am Potluck meal represents another communal act of generosity. The meal is composed just of what participants bring, and represents an opportunity for all present to support other practitioners through one of simplest and most wholesome of all gifts: food! In keeping with monastic tradition, food is generally first offered to the monastic Sangha, and then shared amongst all present. If you can, bring a dish or two. If not, know that your practice represents the greatest act of dana. Vegetarian and vegan options are helpful in accommodating all diets, but all food is appreciated. Some refrigerator space and a microwave are available on the premises.


What to Bring
A meditation cushion or chair (some spare cushions and chairs are also available at the venue).
Water bottle
Dish for the potluck meal
Your Intention to practice in community


Overnight Accommodations
Those coming from out-of-town for retreats and teachings may choose from several options for overnight accomodation. As retreats and teachings are held at the Methow Valley Wellness Center (https://methowvalleywellnesscenter.com/) at 105 Norfolk, Winthrop (Map - https://goo.gl/maps/kqzQKwVmYVkV6wPE9), lodgings near Winthrop or Twisp are most convenient. Weekend retreats begin Saturday morning at 9 am and attendees may find arriving on Friday allows them time to settle in and sample the other attractions of the Methow Valley.

A list of local hotels may be found through Methow Reservations (https://www.methowreservations.com/), directories of local peer-to-peer rentals through Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/), Evolve (https://evolve.com/), and VRBO (https://www.vrbo.com/), and more informal stays through Couchsurfing (https://www.couchsurfing.com/). Finally, for a list of nearby campsites, free or very inexpensive, see the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=59073&actid=29). Beautiful, nearby campgrounds include Chewuch, Camp Four, Falls Creek, Buck Lake, Flat Campground, Nice Campground, Loup Loup, Early Winters Campground, and more.

For more information, please email [email protected]

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