Days of Mindfulness

The Port Townsend Sangha offers one-day retreats that we call Days of Mindfulness. Well-known Visiting Teachers and experienced Sangha Volunteers lead these daylong Saturday sits, often on the second Saturday of the month, usually at the Friends Meeting House in Port Townsend.

The Sangha’s one-day retreats provide an opportunity to deepen practice, to engage in longer meditations and to offer opportunities for dharma study.

These Days of Mindfulness (DoMs) are provided in two formats: A Teacher-Led DoM or a Peer-Led DoM.

The Teacher-led DoM is focused on instruction by individual, respected teachers who conduct the day’s program, interspersing teachings with meditation practice.

A Peer-Led DoM gives 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 9:30 AM, and finishes at 4:30 PM. A shared lunch is taken in silence, and participants bring their contribution to the lunch. 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 like this one is included in the notice.

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the Peer-Led Saturday retreats. Experienced Sangha volunteers will work with you, and all registration and administrative matters are provided for you. If you would consider volunteering to welcome the group, select the theme and ring the bell, please contact us. The program depends upon volunteer support; and your help is needed for its continuation.

This Volunteer Guide explains the work done by all the team in some detail. The Facilitator has only a few tasks, and receives great support. At the end of the Guide, is a sample DoM schedule to help with planning.