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.

Meditation and Discussion Wednesday August 21st

The Port Townsend Sangha will meet Wednesday August 21st, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Friends Meeting House located at the corner of Sheridan Avenue 19th Street.

After 45 minutes of meditation and a break for tea, we will listen to a dharma talk chosen for this week.

We hope you can join us Wednesday evening.

The Sangha’s Autumn Weekend Retreat with Keri Pederson


On the Path of Awakening

A Weekend Retreat 

With Keri Pederson on October 5th and 6th

Where:  The Port Townsend Yacht Club, located at 2503 Washington Street

When: Saturday October 5 from  9 AM – 5 PM & Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM

A Retreat Registration Form is Here.

We are always practicing something: Doubt and Discouragement, or Discernment and Devotion. In times of challenge, either internally or externally, it’s easy to get swept into familiar ways of responding that drain our energy and leave us wandering in circles.

Insight meditation is a path for recognizing these unskillful trends. It offers effective practices that are onward-leading and support transformation.  We will explore both of these dynamics in this practice weekend.

Keri Pederson is primarily a student of the dharma, but teaches regularly when invited. She began meditating in 1998, motivated by a deepening yoga practice as well as a strong desire to understand suffering.  She began formal retreat practice in the tradition of S. N. Goenka, and has since sat retreats with a variety of lay and monastic teachers is the U.S., Thailand, and India.  Rodney Smith invited her to teach in 2007 and she was authorized to teach by Spirit Rock/IMS/IRC after a four year retreat-teacher training.  Keri also works in elder-care and lives on Vashon Island with her husband and young son.

We hope you can join us.

Suggested Contribution to cover rent and costs: $30. A dana basket will be provided for the teacher. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

If you have questions, please contact us here.

Retreat Registration Form is Here.


Our Annual Sangha Picnic Was Held On July 31st

It Was a Beautiful Day for a Picnic


Our Summer 2019 picnic at Fort Worden was a great success with over 30 meditators and guests joining together for a potluck that included delicious local foods, a session of walking meditation on the beach and a good time for all, socializing in the late afternoon sun.  See a few more photos here: Continue reading

Port Townsend Sangha’s Nonresidential Weekend Retreats

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

Our next Weekend Retreat will be with Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Keri Pederson, and is scheduled for the weekend of October 5-6, 2019.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club. More information is posted above. If you have questions, please email us here.

Days of Mindfulness Programs

Days of Mindfulness, one-day retreats, are conducted locally by groups in Port Townsend and on Marrowstone Island.

The Port Townsend Days of Mindfulness are usually held on the second Saturday of the month.

Volunteers are needed to help lead these events. If you would like to help, please contact us here.

Sangha volunteers will assist with arranging facilities, promotion and registration. The “Monthly Days of Mindfulness” page has further information on our Saturday sits in Port Townsend.

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.

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

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