Sangha Programs

Wednesday Meditation: The Port Townsend Sangha provides an open opportunity each Wednesday evening for people in the area to gather for meditation and discussion. Details of Wednesday Meditation are here. Sangha Weekly Meditation

Days of Mindfulness: On a Saturday of most months, the Sangha conducts one-day retreats, called Days of Mindfulness. These are either led by a visiting teacher, or by a qualified sangha volunteer who presents recorded material and signals the beginning and end of meditation periods and the silent lunch break. The DoMs are held at either the Friends’ Meeting House or sometimes at the Port Townsend Yacht Club. Members who wish to conduct a DoM at their homes are invited to announce the event Wednesday nights. Events promoted on our website are held at public venues to ensure sufficient space for all who register. Details of the Day of Mindfulness program are found here. Days of Mindfulness

Weekend Retreats: Twice a year, in spring and fall, we hold a weekend retreat. These are described here. Weekend Retreats.

They are teacher-led. In 2019, Keri Pederson will lead a retreat in October; and in 2020, Tuere Sala will lead an event in April. See the home page for announcements of upcoming retreats.

Service and Charitable Activities: Charitable and recreational activities are undertaken by the Sangha and its members. We participate in providing food and preparing meals for homeless persons in mid winter, and contribute to local organizations working directly with vulnerable populations to alleviate suffering in our community. These donations are determined at announced meetings held at the Friends in December and/or January. For information, suggestions or assistance, please contact us.

Donations and Expenditures: To pay the rent for the Friends Meeting House used for Wednesday meditation, and rent for retreats and other events events, and to pay necessary costs and to make charitable contributions, the Sangha maintains a bank account with a treasurer who works honor the Sangha’s obligations, protect the Sangha’s assets and implement Sangha purposes.

The treasurer follows simple guidelines: To pay required Sangha expenses, accept only voluntary donations, and allocate any discretionary charitable contributions based upon announced Sangha meeting(s) held around New Years each year. Donations are discussed above. 

Picnic: The Sangha also holds an annual picnic at Fort Worden and informal social events. These are announced on the home page at least a month in advance.

For more information contact us any time.