Monastic Winter Retreat Begins

December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

Winter is a time of greater seclusion and deeper monastic practice.

A Time for Silence, Reflection and Renewal

Each year at this time, monks of this tradition enter more deeply into solitary and silent study and meditation.  It’s an important time of reflection and renewal for them.

We can be helpful, during this time, by refraining from unnecessary conversation and requests for their time, even while offering alms food or meals.  During the retreat, meal offerings will be scheduled only on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  The monks will rely on alms offerings Monday – Wednesday, and restaurant offerings on Friday.  While food offerings are welcome anytime before noon, Ajahn Sudanto and the monks will only be receiving guests after the meals on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition Saturday and Sunday alms rounds will be suspended for the duration of the winter, making meal offerings at the hermitage those days the sole source for meals during the winter retreat.

Three Monks Will Be in Residence

Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Sek and Venerable Khantiko will reside at the Hermitage throughout the winter.

Venerable Gunaviro returned to Abhayagiri Monastery on November 22. Thank you for spending several months with us!

Ajahn Sek

Ajahn Sek has now joined Ajahn Sudanto and Venerable Khantiko. We look forward to having him at the Hermitage through Winter Retreat.

Want to learn more about the resident monks? Click on “About Us.” You’ll also find background information about the Hermitage and the Thai Forest Tradition.

Tuesday Night Meditation Continues

Whether led by the monks or a community member, Tuesday night meditation at Yoga Samadhi will continue through winter.  December and January the gatherings will be community led, and with Christmas and New Year’s Eve suspended for the holiday vacation. Please watch the website and calendar for details or cancellations (weather sometimes becomes an issue). It’s also a good idea to sign up to receive our emails.

2020 Birken Retreat — April 29th to May 13th

Theme: Foundations of Mindfulness

The Sala at Birken Forest Monastery is a still, silent and beautiful place for meditation.

Application Period: Dec. 1 – Jan. 15

It’s become a tradition each spring — the Pacific Hermitage meditation retreat at Birken Forest Monastery in British Columbia, Canada. In total, up to 24 members of our lay community travel north to spend either one or two weeks in a beautiful setting so conducive to deeper meditation, investigation and reflection. Ajahn Sona, Abbot of Birken, gives reflections each night on the retreat theme.

If you’re interested in attending, please take a look at the retreat website. You’ll find information about the monastery, what the schedule is like and how to apply. Participants are selected from those who apply. Those accepted will be notified by January 30. Please direct any questions to retreat coordinator (Chevy) at the email address given near the bottom of retreat website home page.

Meet Our New Meal Dana Coordinators

Beginning December 6th, Kalyani and Joseph will be the new Meal Dana Coordinators for the Hermitage. Kalyani and Joseph are no strangers to offering meal dana themselves. They live in White Salmon and have been offering alms food to the monks for a number of years.

The email address for the Meal Dana Coordinator remains the same, no matter who is currently in that role. Contact to schedule meal offerings, find out about offering food to the monks while they are on almsround, or just ask general questions about offering food.

Many Thanks to Colleen Regalbuto!

Colleen has gracefully and conscientiously coordinated meal dana for two years! Thank you so much, Colleen. It’s not a very visible role, but it’s one that is vital for sustaining the monks at the Hermitage.

2019 November News

Last 2019 PFoD Visit  |  Hillsboro Visit  |  Ajahn to Winter at Hermitage  |  Comings & Goings

November Events

NOVEMBER 15 & 16 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma: Join the monks on Friday night and/or Saturday morning. Details at PFoD website.

NOVEMBER 17 — Hillsboro Meditation Hall: The monks will visit 9 am – 1 pm. Email for information.

TUESDAY NIGHT SITS — Community Meditation continues, every Tuesday night at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA. Cushions & chairs available.
– Silent Meditation, 5:15-6:15 pm. Be ready to sit at 5:15 pm and stay until 6:15 pm. For experienced meditators.
– Meditation and Dhamma Talk, 6:30-8:00 pm, all levels.

Ajahn Sudanto to Stay at Hermitage This Winter

Ajahn Sudanto will spend the entire Winter Retreat at the Hermitage this year.  That’s a change.  For the past several years, he’s spent at least part of the winter at Birken Forest Monastery.  Ajahn Sudanto will be joined by Ajahn Sek and Tan Khantiko.

Comings and Goings

  • Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Khantiko will remain at the Hermitage through winter.
  • Tan Gunaviro will leave in late winter and return to Abhayagiri.
  • Ajahn Sek will arrive from Abhayagiri in late November and stay through winter.
  • Winter Retreat begins December 1 and lasts through the end of March.