Birken Retreat & Winter News

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

A Tradition Returns: This May, Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken

This treasured tradition – the Pacific Hermitage meditation retreat at Birken Forest Monastery – will return in 2023. It is scheduled for May 1-15, and it will be the first time since the pandemic that the retreat will occur in person. The Theme is The 37 Factors of Awakening, and as always, Ajahn Sona will offer reflections each night on the theme.

Members of the community interested in attending can request to participate by filling out this application – requesting either one or both of the two weeks. Please register by December 31, and those accepted will be notified by late January. Also:

  • Details about coordinating carpools will be shared after this time.
  • With the recent renovations at Birken, each participant will have a single room.

If you have any questions, please email Ajahn Sudanto at, and put “2023 Birken Retreat” in the subject line.

Birken Monastery is a beautiful setting quite conducive to deeper meditation, investigation and reflection. What a joy that this tradition returns!

Hermitage Monks Traveling in December

Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Suddhiko will be visiting Birken Monastery from December 12 – January 11. During this time, Tuesday nights at Yoga Samadhi will continue, led by volunteers from the lay community, anumodana!

The community wishes Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Suddhiko a beneficial retreat.