NW Triratna Buddhist Community Retreat

April 13 to April 16 at Camp Samish

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 16, 2023 - 2:00pm
Registration is now closed -
please contact tyagatara@gmail.com to enquire about available space (not the SFBC).
Thank you.. 


At Samish Island Retreat Center (North of Seattle)  

On this retreat we will delve into the dharma teaching:
Body like mountain
Breath Energy like the ocean’s waves
Heart Mind like the sky
These verses are a simple pointing to the awakening and freedom ready to be discovered, here, in our present embodied experience. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition these are known as the ‘Three Naturals’ and are an invitation to:
Come home to the stability and support of the body,
Befriend the cycles of energy and emotional energy natural to being human,
Recognize and relax into the boundlessness awakened heart and mind.
The retreat will feature meditation in the mornings, connection options and somatic (embodied) activities in the afternoon, and simple collective rituals and meditation in the evening. There will be times when we will practice silence as a community in support of rest and regeneration.


Viveka (she/they) was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1997 and is based at the San Francisco Buddhist Center where she was chair for 16 years until 2016. An international teacher of Buddhism and meditation, she currently focuses on teaching and leadership retreats. Viveka was a co-founder of Triratna’s Total Immersion longer meditation retreats and has led many month-long retreats. In 2022, she trained as a somatic coach and is enjoying how that is enriching her dharma teaching. Currently, Viveka is President of the New York and Mexico City Triratna Buddhist Centers.
She teaches with an open and compassionate presence, and deep respect for those she engages with. A proud child of Chinese immigrants, she lives in San Francisco with her husband. For 30 years she has worked for racial and social justice as an integral expression of her dharma practice.

Health and Safety

  • Please take a COVID-19 rapid test the morning of the retreat (supply your own test); this must be negative for entry.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 within a five-day period of the retreat’s start time, we ask that you not attend.
  •  Masks are required inside the kitchen area except while eating. Masks are optional inside other communal spaces.
  • If you recently recovered from COVID-19, stay up-to-date with CDC guidance as to when you’re clear to be back in public.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, we ask that you not attend.
  • Vaccinations and boosters are not required to attend this retreat.

Samish Island Retreat Center

Samish Island Campground and Retreat Center 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. Check with your local sangha if you need to borrow mats, cushions, and/or benches.
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

Sliding Scale:
2 nights: $200 / 190 / 170
3 nights: $300 / 285 / 255
4 nights (Order Members only): $345 / $330 / $300
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 ranges listed above. 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 info@seattlebuddhistcenter.org.
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.)
Weekend Only Dates: 
Friday, April 14, 2023 - 5:00pm
Booking Deadline Date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2023
Event Type: 

This event is no longer open for bookings