At the Samadhi Center we feel it is important to make our retreats available to as many people as possible and to this end we offer a "seva" based model. The fee of $50.00 CAD per night covers all of your food and lodging, and retreat participants are expected to contribute several hours of work per day, or "seva", enabling us to keep staff and costs minimal. Seva duties may include cooking, cleaning, laundry, outdoor work, leading sits, or other tasks necessary for the running of the retreat. You may indicate what type of seva you are able to assist with on the retreat registration form.
As of September 2017, You Choose the Length of Your Retreat
Effective September 2017, we are excited to offer a new model for our retreats. Each retreat will offer the participants the opportunity to attend the full seven days, five days (Monday to Friday), or two days for a weekend retreat.
Seven day retreats: Arrival between 12:15PM and 2:15PM on the Monday, Departure at 11:00AM on the Sunday.
Five day retreats: Arrival between12:15PM and 2:15PM on the Monday, Departure at 11:00AM on the Friday.
Two day retreats: Arrival between 12:15PM and 2:15PM on the Friday, Departure at 11:00AM on the Sunday.
The Samadhi Center kitchen will be stocked with healthy, organic vegetarian ingredients and simple recipes for the food prep volunteers to follow. Participants with special dietary needs are also welcome to bring and cook their own food in the kitchen. There will also be healthy snacks available during the day. Please be sure to carefully fill out the dietary portion of the registration form so we can properly prepare the menus, as we try to accommodate any particular needs you may have. Note: we do not provide coffee at our retreats, but will have black tea available. Please do not bring food to outdoor cabins as it will attract wildlife. Meals will be taken in silence.
Selfless service, or "seva", is a way for participants to contribute to the Samadhi meditation community. On a superficial level "seva" can be perceived as merely volunteer work and assisting with what needs to be done. However, on a deeper level, "seva" is action that comes from the immanent Self, from one's true nature which is empty of egoic or selfish action. The seva or service period should not be seen as a break from meditation, but rather is a way to integrate meditative awareness into other facets of life. It is like a bridge between meditation and every day life. Seva duties may include cooking, cleaning, laundry, outdoor work, leading sits, or other tasks necessary for the running of the retreat. You may indicate what type of seva you are able to assist with on the retreat registration form. We try our best to allocate jobs according to what is indicated on the forms, but sometimes certain tasks (such as kitchen duties) have to be shared between many people.
Dana is an ancient Pali word meaning "generosity" or "gift." At the Samadhi Center the teachers do not receive payment for their teachings. The minimal retreat cost covers only food and lodging. In addition to supporting the teachers, your dana contribution will help to pay for building and admin costs, and the many ongoing expenses at the Samadhi Center. There is no suggested amount and dana is totally voluntary. We offer our profound gratitude for your support. There is a donation box located in the Center for cash donations, or electronic donations can be made by Paypal at this link:
Our facility was intentionally designed for a maximum of 24 meditators in order to create a more intimate sense of community. The meditation zendo, kitchen, dining room and an additional bathroom with shower are all located on the main level. We have many meditation cushions (zafus and zabutons), yoga mats, blankets, meditation benches and chairs available in the Center.
There are two options for accommodations during your meditation retreat, and selection is on a first-come-first-served basis. On your sign-up sheet you may pick a first and second choice of accommodation and we will allocate based on availability. We also take into consideration each individual's needs.
Option 1 - Dorms (bunk beds). The dorms are divided into men's and women's quarters and are located on the lower floor. Each dorm holds six people and has its own washroom area with two showers, a private changing area, and two toilets. All bedding and towels are supplied.
Option 2 - Cabins. There are also five seasonal cabins, whose availability will vary with each retreat. Each cabin holds two people, but single occupancy may be available. The cabins are rustic with no heat or electricity and are varying distances from the center. There is an outhouse and wash/shower area which can be used by cabin occupants. All bedding and towels are supplied.
The communal library or lounge is located on the upper level loft, overlooking the zendo.