Port Townsend volunteers offer day-long Saturday sits, often on the second Saturday of the month, usually at the Friends Meeting House.
These day-long retreats provide an opportunity to deepen practice, to engage in longer meditations and for dharma study.
The program offers two formats for these monthly Days of Mindfulness (DoMs): A “Teacher-led DoM” or a “Quiet Day”.
The Teacher-led DoM is focused on instruction, with either a live teacher or a recorded video of a teacher.
A Quiet Day gives more time to silence and extended meditation practice (walking and sitting), with perhaps a brief guided meditation in the morning and a taped (audio) dharma talk in the afternoon.
A typical retreat day begins at 9:00 or 10:00 AM, and finishes between 4:00 and 5:00 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 through our mailing list, below is the form to register to attend. You can also contact leaders of this DoM program by email.
At this time, volunteers are needed to lead Saturday retreats. Sangha volunteers will work with you to ensure all facilities and communications are managed, and will assist with program details. Selection of the teacher or recorded material are left to the event leader.
If you would consider volunteering, please contact us. The program depends upon volunteer support; and your help is needed for its continuation.