Welcome to the Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha offers an opportunity for silent meditation, tea and discussion each Wednesday from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Friends Meeting House, a wheelchair-accessible site at the corner of Sheridan and 19th St in Port Townsend, WA.

While our focus is on Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, all are welcome who wish to sit with us to meditate or who are interested in the dharma. More information is here.

We also sponsor non-residential weekend and one-day retreats, conduct charitable activities, maintain a library, and offer information on meditation,

For more information on Sangha activities, join us any Wednesday evening or subscribe to our email list. If you have questions, please send us an email.

Wednesday Meditation and Discussion – November 20th

On Wednesday, November 20th, the Port Townsend Sangha will meet for meditation, tea and a discussion from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Friends Meeting House at the corner of Sheridan and 19th Streets.

After 45 minutes of meditation and a break for tea, our discussion will include portions of a recorded talk from Jeff Carreira entitled “The Truth of Who We Are”.  Afterwards, there will be a group conversation.

All are welcome.

A Day of Mindfulness with Keri Pederson – December 14th

The Port Townsend Sangha is pleased to welcome Keri Pederson back to Port Townsend for a Day of Mindfulness. 

This one day retreat consists of Dharma talks by Keri, sitting and walking meditation, tea breaks and a break for a shared lunch. 

We will practice silence during the retreat.


  • When:   December 14th from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Where:  The Friends Meeting House, at the corner of Sheridan and 19th Streets.
  • Things to Bring:  Your preferred meditation supports. Chairs will provided.
  • Things to Bring: Something for your lunch. Tea will be provided.
  • Donations:  Suggested $20 donation to pay for the space and teacher travel.  However, all are welcome regardless of donation. A separate dana basket will be provided for the teacher.
  • Please Register Here to Attend.

Keri Will Address Caring for the Mind

When we practice the Dhamma we learn how to care for the mind.  We learn what nourishes and strengthens it, as well as what clouds and weakens it. A day of mindfulness in community is an ideal way to practice this art — in stillness and in motion, in silence and in speaking, we will spend the day listening and tending to the mind itself.

If you need more information about the event, please contact us here. We look forward to seeing you.

Keri Pederson, began meditating in 1998 and has practiced with a variety of lay and monastic teachers in the US, Thailand, and India. Rodney Smith invited her to teach in 2007, and she was authorized to teach by Spirit Rock/IMS/IRC after completing their four-year Teacher Training program.  Keri also works in elder-care and lives on Vashon Island with her husband and young son.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Day of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (DoMs) are one-day retreats  offered by the Port Townsend Sangha. They are usually held on the second Saturday of the month and are led by visiting teachers when available. Our next DoM will be November 9th, and will be open for registration shortly.

When visiting teachers are not available, an experienced Sangha volunteer presents recorded material along, leads the periods of sitting and walking meditation.

Apart from the teachings and presentations themselves, or during periods of guided meditation, silence is maintained during the daylong retreat to strengthen and stabilize the group energy. More information on the monthly DoM program is found here.

DoMs are announced on this page, and notices are sent by email to our mailing list. If you would like to help with this program, please contact us as volunteers are needed.

Port Townsend Sangha’s Nonresidential Weekend Retreats

The Port Townsend Sangha conducts non-residential weekend retreats each year with visiting teachers. Information on the Sangha’s Retreat Program is found here.

Our next Weekend Retreat will be with Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Tuere Sala, and is scheduled for the weekend of April 3, 4 and 5, 2020.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club.  If you have questions, please email us here.

The Sangha Lending Library

The PT Sangha Library shares space with the Quaker Library at the Friends Meetinghouse. It is open on Wednesday evenings.

We have a wide variety of books and recordings on Buddhism, Buddhist practice, meditation and other spiritual traditions. All books and media may be borrowed.

Use This Link To: 
Search Our Library Collection Online

To see a list of all books in our library, click here.

To learn more about how the library works, visit our Lending Library page.

More Opportunities for Dharma Study and Meditation

There are other current opportunities for Vipassana and Dharma Study and Meditation in or around Port Townsend.

Below are some suggestions and additional links.

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Service and Dana

Dana is charitable giving. Every year, members of the Port Townsend Sangha and allied groups contribute time and funds to support services for the most vulnerable members of our community.

This year, a  week was spent buying and preparing food for Port Townsend’s Winter Shelter. A report on the meal program is found here.

Additional donations were made to area food and shelter programs and to groups providing services to persons with disabilities. A breakdown of these donations is found here. If you wish more information or want to participate, please contact us here.

Our Calendar

If you wish to look ahead for future events, the Calendar is the place to go.

Just click on this link or select Calendar from the menu at the top of the page for advance information on Sangha activities.

Early notices will be posted for Wednesday Meditation and their Discussion Topics, Days of Mindfulness, Weekend Retreats, Special Events, and the Picnic, all as information becomes available.