The Port Townsend Sangha offers one-day retreats that we call Days of Mindfulness (DoMs).
Well-known visiting teachers lead these Saturday sits, offer training and lead the discussions.
DoMs are currently being conducted on Zoom.
When we can meet again in person, they will be held at the Friends Meeting House in Port Townsend.
Below is a summary of the traditional in-person DoM program.
The Sangha’s one-day retreats provide an opportunity to deepen practice, to engage in longer meditations and to offer opportunities for dharma study.
The DoM is focused on instruction by individual, respected teachers who conduct the day’s program, interspersing teachings with meditation practice.
Occasional peer-led DoMs give more time to silence and extended meditation practice (walking and sitting), with shorter guided meditation periods and recorded dharma talks. A volunteer serves as the facilitator.
A typical day begins at 9:00 AM, and finishes at 5:00 PM. A shared lunch is taken in silence, and participants bring their lunch items and eat together. Tea is provided.
Participants are asked to hold the intention of committing to the whole day when they register. This helps to strengthen and stabilize the group energy throughout the day. Participants bring any meditation items (cushions, shawls) needed. Chairs are provided.
When an event is announced on the website or by email, a link to a registration form is included in the notice.
We depend upon volunteer support for this program; and your help is needed for its continuation. This Volunteer Guide explains the work done by all the team in some detail. There is plenty to do, and helping is quick and easy. We hope to see you at a retreat!