Coronavirus Update

Our winter retreat period at the Pacific Hermitage will finish at the end of this month, but with the Coronavirus pandemic arriving now, our plans are changing by the day. I’ve been looking forward to reconnecting and sharing Dhamma with the broader community, but opportunities will be limited for the next couple months. Please read […]

Writing for the Hermitage

Hello Friends: For the last five years or so, I’ve been writing most of the website posts, emails, posters and flyers for the Hermitage. I stepped down from that role at the end of 2019. Winter Retreat is usually a quiet time, but as we near the end of it, we’re approaching a time when […]

Monastic Winter Retreat Begins

December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 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 […]

2020 Birken Retreat — April 29th to May 13th

Theme: Foundations of Mindfulness 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 […]