Building Community, Deepening Practice, April 14 to 17
with Taraprabha and Amaradhi
at Samish Island Retreat Center, North of Seattle
Hosted by the Seattle Buddhist Center
After two years of meeting on Zoom, let’s come together in person(!) to get acquainted or re-acquainted, to leave the busyness of the world for a few days and to turn toward stillness and community.
The focus of the retreat will be on expanding spaciousness during meditation, while in the shrine room, and also while experiencing the outdoor vistas, sounds, and scents. There will be opportunities for sitting and walking meditation, pujas, chanting, and some silence, as well as plenty of time for interacting with each other.
Health and Safety
For the safety and welfare of all beings we ask you to please read this list of statements carefully and confirm that they are true for you before attending this retreat.
Yes, I am fully vaccinated with FDA-approved vaccines for COVID-19. (Boosters are encouraged.)
In the last 2 days I have not had any new or unusual symptoms such as: fever; chills or shivering: cough or sore throat; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; loss of taste or smell: headache; vomiting or diarrhea, nausea; runny or congested nose.
In the past 10 days I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming I have the virus
In the past 10 days I have not had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19, during their contagious period.
Masks - We are asking that everyone wear a well-fitting mask (not cloth) for chanting during the puja. Since guidance in this area is ever-changing, guidelines for the retreat may also change.
Samish Island Retreat Center
Samish Island Campground and Retreat Center (https://www.campsamish.org) is in Bow, Washington, 70 miles North of the Seattle Buddhist Center. It offers separate sleeping spaces, a spacious meditation hall, and a beautiful setting. Since everything about Camp Samish is spacious, it’s a just-right setting for coming together in these times.
Weather: the weather in the Pacific NW is unpredictable and the setting requires walking outside between the shrine room, dining hall and sleeping quarters. Please come prepared.
Meals: vegetarian meals are provided, beginning with dinner on Thursday night. The cooks try to accommodate allergies as much as possible, so please include these on your registration. If your health requires special foods, space in a fridge can be provided. Please get in touch if you have questions or concerns.
Accommodation: Bedding is not provided: please bring your own sleeping bags (or other bedding), pillows and towels.
Sleeping preferences: either an individual room, sharing a bathroom with one other room; or an individual cabin, sharing a bathhouse. If you have a preference please indicate this on your registration.
Meditation gear: please bring what you need to be comfortable during meditation including a blanket to allow for changes in room temperature. We can make arrangement for you to borrow mats and cushions from the Seattle Buddhist Center, if needed. Chairs are provided.
Travel and Carpooling: if you need help organizing a ride please let us know and we will do our best to get you there. If you are driving and can offer rides, please also let us know. Thank you!
Registration and Payment
To register enter the amount you wish to pay in the Event Donation box and click add to cart.
Please pay the highest amount you are able within the range of $350 - $200. $350 is the actual cost of the retreat and we want to make it possible for people to attend even if they’re not able to pay the full amount.
If you need to request a rate lower than $200 please email email@example.com.
When you get to the checkout you will have the choice to pay now through paypal/credit card, or pay later. (If you click pay now and don't actually pay now, your registration won't go through - contact the SFBC if you have any problems.)