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April News and Events

The monastic winter retreat ends March 31 and regular monthly events resume.  First up is a community Garden Party.

Garden Party and Awesome Potluck
Join us April 7th!  

A yummy potluck, and some time for chatting and working with new or long-time friends. 

Regular Events Resume in April

All are welcome.  Events are free and no experience is needed.  

APRIL 7— Garden Party at Hermitage, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Come for any or all of the activities.  It’s a great way to practice generosity, see the Hermitage, get to know some folks and have some fun!

  • 10:30 am:   Potluck meal (Please tell meal dana coordinator if you’re participating)
  • 1 – 3 pm:   Yard work and other chores
  • 3 – 4 pm:   Tea and chat (until 4 pm)

APRIL 14 — Half-Day of Meditation with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.   Mostly walking and sitting meditation.  Brief dhamma talk.  Cushions & chairs available.

APRIL 20 & 21 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma  (PFoD).  Pacific Hermitage monks visit Friday evening and Saturday morning.  For more information, visit PFoD website.

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation with the monks, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.  Meditation followed by dhamma talk and Q & A.  Cushions & chairs available.

Comings and Goings

Our thanks to Ajahn Jotipalo and Venerable Sudhiro for their time at the Hermitage this winter.  Venerable Sudhiro will return to Abhayagiri Monastery April 3, then continue on to Thailand.  Ajahn Jotipalo will leave April 11 for Minnesota, then visit several monasteries in Canada and New Hampshire.  He’ll return to Abhayagiri in May, then “go to Indiana and beyond” (his words!).  May you both be well.

Welcome to Ajahn Kassapo and Venerable Sampanno, who will arrive at the Hermitage the evening of April 11.  This will be the second time Ajahn Kassapo has resided at the Hermitage and the first stay for Venerable Sampanno.  You can read more about them on the Abhayagiri website.

Special Visitors and Events in 2018

Ajahn Sucitto will visit the Hermitage July 3 – 6, including Tuesday night (July 3) at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon.  He’ll be at Portland Friends of the Dhamma the evening of July 6, and will offer a daylong there on July 7 (more information on PFoD calendar and website).

Registration is still open for the Bhante Rahula Retreat*, July 4 – 8, near White Salmon, WA.  For more information, please see our previous post.

Other Dates to Remember:

  • May 2 – 16                Birken Retreat  Hermitage groups (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
  • July 28                       Vassa (Monastic Summer Retreat) begins
  • Sep. 15 & 16             Pah Bah Weekend*:  Half-Day Retreat and Ceremony

*Arrange your lodging as soon as possible.

Please check the Pacific Hermitage website often to keep current with any additions, cancellations or changes.  To learn about or offer alms food or a meal to the monks, please visit our Support page or contact


Registration Open for Bhante Rahula Retreat: July 4 – 8, 2018

Integrating Body & Mind:  Four-Day Meditation Retreat

Join Bhante Rahula for a meditation retreat focusing on mindfulness, vipassana, yoga and breathing.   (More on Bhante Rahula here.)  Enjoy four days at a lovely retreat center a few miles north of White Salmon, Washington.  Space is limited, so register early!

Dates:  July 4 at 3:00 pm – July 8 at 1:00 pm  (Wed. – Sun.)
Please arrive on the first day between 1:00 and 2:45 pm.

Location:  Atlan Forest Camp
37 Nestor Peak Road, White Salmon, Washington (off Highway 141).  More information about Atlan here.

Lodging Options

  • Onsite (Atlan) Camping — $10 per night per person.  These are primitive camp sites with two composting toilets, a handwashing sink, and two outdoor showers with on-demand hot water.  Retreatants bring their own tent and bedding.  Carts are available to bring in your personal items.
  • Offsite Lodging — White Salmon, Husum and Hood River are all relatively nearby.  Please reserve your lodging early, since this is peak season in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • The retreat will end each day at 8 p.m. to allow people to drive to lodging or prepare for camping in daylight.

Atlan is not an ADA accessible facility, so is not suitable for people with mobility or disability issues.  Retreatants will need to walk several minutes from the parking area to the meditation hall, with some rough ground and stairs along the way.  There is no parking next to the meditation hall/forest yurt.

Atlan is small, peaceful, rustic facility, and space is limited to 30 participants.  Early registration is recommended to secure a spot.

The retreat fee of $110 includes the cost of the facility, a simple breakfast buffet (hard-boiled eggs, fruit, multi-grain bread, coffee and tea), a mid-day vegetarian meal (including gluten-free and dairy-free options) catered by Saltrose Kitchen, and early evening tea time treats (chocolate, cheese, ginger).  Since this is a monastic retreat, no meal is provided after mid-day.*

Retreat Fee:  $110

  • $40 non-refundable deposit at time of registration
  • $70 balance (cash or check) upon arrival at retreat
  • Checks to be made to Sanghata (the Pacific Hermitage Board of Stewards)

Atlan Camping Fee:  $40

  • If you are camping at Atlan, this fee is due upon arrival.

*NOTE: The Atlan kitchen is not available during the retreat for individual cooking use or storing food.  Additional dietary restrictions beyond gluten-free and dairy free cannot be accommodated. Sample menus available upon request (use email address below for requests or questions).  Retreatants may bring their own non-perishable food and snacks to supplement meals.

Retreatants are asked to arrive on time, participate in the full retreat and to keep the Five Precepts during the retreat:  refraining from harming living things, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, lying or gossip, taking intoxicating substances e.g. drugs or alcohol.

Helping Out
Retreatants may be asked to help with chores such as set up, clean up, tidying or sweeping. Please note on the registration form if you are able to assist the retreat coordinators with simple tasks during the retreat.

Dana for Bhante Rahula
Bhante Rahula’s dhamma teachings are freely offered.  The retreat fee covers only the use of the facility and meals.  Each retreatant has the opportunity to offer “dana” to Bhante Rahula at the end of the retreat.  Typically, this is in the form of a check made out to Sanghata or cash in an envelope that is offered to the teacher at the end of the retreat.

To register, please print and fill out the registration form, and mail the completed form with a check for $40.00 made out to Sanghata (non-refundable deposit).  Details and mailing instructions are on the registration form.  Once your registration and deposit have been received and processed, you will receive an email with additional details, directions, etc.  Partial registrations are not available for this retreat.

Please email Mimi Maduro.


Winter News & Events

Monks in Residence Throughout Winter

There will be three monks residing at the Hermitage through winter.  Weekly Tuesday night meditations at Yoga Samadhi will continue.  Ajahn Sudanto will be away  in Thailand for about a month, but good friends and former residents, Ajahn Jotipalo and Tan Sudhiro, will be here from late November through Winter Retreat.

** UPDATE:  There will be no half-day retreats until April.  A previous post mistakenly said that the retreats would continue through winter. **

Winter Monastic Retreat:  A Time for Silent Practice

December 1 – March 31 is Winter Retreat for the monks.

This is a time when monastics become more solitary, focusing on silent study and meditation.   It’s an important time of reflection and renewal for them.

During this period, we can support their retreat practice by keeping our conversations with them and requests for their time to a minimum.

Regular Tuesday Sits Continue

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation with the monks, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.  Meditation, then Dhamma talk.

Please Sign Up to Offer a Meal!

The monks still need meal offerings every Saturday and Sunday.   As of this writing, only one person has signed up to offer a meal this winter.  Yikes!

Please check the Hermitage calendar for vacant weekend days and consider signing up to offer a meal.  Contact the meal dana coordinator to schedule your meal offering or ask questions.

Comings & Goings

DECEMBER 5 — Ajahn Sek departs after visiting for about one month.  Thank you, Ajahn, for visiting and sharing your warm smile.

DECEMBER 20 — Ajahn Sudanto leaves for Thailand.  He’ll return January 28.


November 2017 News and Events

Special Guest October 31

Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro) at Tuesday Night Meditation, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Ajahn Geoff will offer Dhamma reflections at Tuesday night meditation.

November Regular Events

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation with the monks continues, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.

NOVEMBER 11 — Half-Day Retreat with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.   Cushions & chairs available.  Last one in 2017.

NOVEMBER 17 & 18 Portland Friends of the Dhamma Visit  Hermitage monks visit Friday evening and Saturday morning.  For more information, visit PFoD website.  Last visit in 2017.

Comings & Goings

Ajahn Sek
 arrives to visit the Hermitage for about one month.  Ajahn Sek is originally from Thailand, and ordained and practiced there.  Recently he has been staying at Abhayagiri Monastery.  You may remember seeing him when he came with the Abhayagiri group for a brief visit during our Pah Bah.  Welcome Ajahn Sek!

Tan Kondañño
 will be leaving after spending part of the last Winter Retreat with Ajahn Sudanto at Birken Monastery, then the remainder of Winter Retreat and a total of ten months at the Hermitage.  Thank you for sharing your good nature and reflections with us, and for offering your skills and helpfulness to Ajahn Sudanto and the Hermitage.

Ajahn Jotipalo
(left) and Tan Sudhiro (right) arrive in late November to spend Winter Retreat at the Hermitage, and be here while Ajahn Sudanto is in Thailand.  A warm welcome back to these familiar friends and former Hermitage residents.


Ajahn Sudanto leaves for Thailand.  He’ll return January 28.

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