Red Cedar Zen Community, 1021 N Forest, Bellingham Washington

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Upcoming events

    • 09 Jun 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Help us "open the eyes" of the Buddha at this beautiful new practice space. Hidden Mountain Zendo is located at Hawk Meadow, the largest clearing in several hundred acres of woodlands and the source of four watersheds.  Nearby the Zendo is the Cedar Grove, where the Wilderness Dharma Program for many years has hosted meditation evenings.  

    Our initial event will be on Friday evening June 9th to officially open the Zendo, celebrate the full moon, and to perform an installation ceremony for the Zendo’s new Buddha.   There will also be a short ceremony in the Cedar Grove.  Participants can choose to stay longer to enjoy a cup of tea and view the rising of the full moon, experiencing the Hawk Meadow practice of watching the transition in the meadow from day to night.  If the clouds and planets cooperate perhaps a few will try their hand at composing a moon viewing poem for the occasion.

    Seasonal practice at Hidden Mountain Zendo will begin this summer, with regular monthly meetings extending into the Fall.  

    Regular morning zazen will begin in July and continue on the fourth Sunday morning of each month, from 9am to 11:30am.  Regular monthly practice will be suspended in the Winter and will resume in the Spring.  Summer/Fall meeting dates are Sunday’s; June 25th, July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, and October 22nd.

    Red Cedar Zen Community’s Wilderness Dharma Program is offering this new practice space to Red Cedar, our other extended local sanghas, other local retreat groups, or for personal retreat space.  Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

    The Zendo is now available to groups or individuals by suggested donation (dana), with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping.

    Please RSVP register for the Friday, June 9th event so that we can plan accordingly.  Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    There will be an opportunity on site to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. 

    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 2:15 PM
    • SeaTac Airport, one level below Skybridge 4 exit
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    For those attending the Samish Island Sesshin starting on June 16 who are flying into SeaTac, we able this year to provide a convenient shuttle bus service using the Capital Aeroporter company.

    Sign up using the "Register" button to the left if you would like a seat on this round-trip shuttle leaving SeaTac Airport on

    Friday June 16 at 2pm

    and leaving the Samish Island campground retreat site at 12 noon on Sunday June 24 for a:

    2:15pm arrival at SeaTac Airport on Saturday June 24 (downtown Seattle drop-off also available)

    The cost for this shuttle is $90.00 for the round trip. We are not able to offer a one-way ticket.

    On the return trip, the shuttle will stop briefly for one drop-off in downtown Seattle at the centrally located transit hub of the International District/Chinatown Metro Transit Station (located at 5th Ave S & S Jackson St). This location is served by Link Light Rail and Seattle Metro buses and is also easily accessible by car.

    Note: Seattle Airport will be relocating their Ground Transportation location. to meet the Red Cedar Zen group, exit the terminal using Skybridge #4 and take the escalator to your left down one level. The Capital Aeroporter desk will be right there.  old location: near door 00, Baggage Claim Level, just south of baggage claim carousel 1. See SeaTac Ground Transportation Map.

    Cancellation Policy

    We regret that no refunds are possible with the shuttle bookings as we are on contract with the bus company. This supersedes our usual cancellation policies.

    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Rd Bow WA 98232
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Registration now open.

    New for 2017: airporter shuttle service is available; register separately for the SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle event. Also see new deadlines and cancellation section below.

    Our annual 7-day (8 nights) silent Zen sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer includes seven days and eight nights of silent practice of sitting and walking meditation in this beautiful church

    camp on the water on Samish Island in the Skagit Valley. Retreat includes dharma talks by Norman and other Northwest teachers, dokusan and practice discussion, sitting and walking meditation, and delicious vegetarian meals. A deep time for practice and reflection with the support of sangha and teachers.

    Many photos of Samish are available on our Photos page.

    Schedule:

    You may attend the entire retreat, or the first or second half. Second half attendance is appropriate to those who have sat sesshin with us before only. We are unable to offer other attendance choices due to the size of the sesshin. Signing up is making a commitment to be part of the retreat for the entire period you signed up for.

    Full Retreat - Friday 5:00pm to Saturday  at noon

    First Half - Friday  5:00pm to Tuesday at 5pm

    Second Half - Tuesday at 5pm to Saturday at noon.

    Prerequisites & Requirements

    While less demanding than some Zen sesshin, this is a rigorous and structured experience. To benefit from being at Samish Sesshin please abide by the following requirements.

    • You should have attended at least one full day formal meditation retreat before attending this 7-day retreat. Please do not register if you have never sat a full day of formal meditation (in Zen or other traditions is fine).
    • If you have never attended Samish sesshin please start at the beginning (attend full retreat or first half) and do not attend just the second half. Orientation and instructions are offered at the beginning only.
    • No other attendance options other than the three listed above can be accommodated. Retreatants coming and going at other times increases the organizational work for our volunteers considerably and can disrupt the sesshin experience for the community.
    • This is a silent retreat without talking, reading, writing, computer or cell phone use. Please be prepared to follow this guideline fully.
    • Following the full schedule is a core practice of Zen. Some alternate schedules can be arranged with the Ino in cases of health and other needs.
    • Plan on remaining at Samish Island camp during the entire time of your sesshin attendance, not leaving for errands or appointments, etc., and remaining at the camp through final clean up at noon on Saturday unless illness or unavoidable travel arrangements prevent this.

    Housing:

    Most housing will be private (not shared), however if couples or friends are willing to share a cabin this can make a difference in accommodating everyone if the sesshin is full.

    Housing is provided with three options:

    E-Cabins are recently built multi-room cabins with a bath shared with one other room:

    Full Retreat only, room alone: $740 - $840 sliding scale

    Full Retreat, room shared: $590 - $690

    Half Retreat, room shared $355 - $395

     e-Cabin Exterior

     e-Cabin Interior

    Rustic Cabins - simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's. Camp style bathrooms in a separate building.

     Rustic Cabin, exterior

     Rustic cabin, interior

    Rustic Cabins Full Retreat: $575 - $675 sliding scale

    Rustic Cabins Half of retreat: $345 - $395 sliding scale

    Tent - you can bring a tent and camp on the lawn. A lower cost option.

    Tent Full Retreat: $490 - $590 sliding scale

    Tent Half of Retreat: $290 - $340 sliding scale

    Notes on fees:

    1) Dana (teacher donations) is not included in these fees. Registration fees cover retreat costs with any extra to Red Cedar Zen Community for our ongoing expenses and costs. An opportunity to make teacher donation (dana) will be available at the site.

    2) Paying higher on the sliding scale enables us to offer scholarships. In the registration process you first pick your housing and stay length which adds the base fee. Then additional funds may be added on the next screen.

    Dates and Cancellation

    • March 6 - Registration Opens. 25% deposit due with registration.
    • May 16 - Last day to cancel with full refund.
    • June 1 - Payment due in full. Registration Closes. Last day to cancel with partial refund.
    See also the Red Cedar Cancellation Policy

    Scholarships

    Scholarships are available for one quarter of retreat costs. If funds allow, a second grant of another quarter might be possible (to a total of half of sesshin cost). Please apply with an email request to the registrar as soon as possible and no later than May 27th. We typically do two rounds of funding for scholarships depending on demand. Earlier requests help us to assess need.

    Samish Island Campground

    We have rented the Community of Christ's wonderful camp at the eastern end of Samish Island for over a dozen years for our residential retreats. A wonderful place where sea meets sky.

    11565 Scott Rd, Bow, WA 98232
    Map and Directions

    Registration is also available for the SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle
    • 25 Jun 2017
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Hawk Meadow Farm, 1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Join us at Hidden Mountain Zendo at Hawk Meadow, for monthly mornings of practice through the summer and fall.

    We'll enjoy sitting and walking meditation in this peaceful yurt Zendo in  the largest clearing in several hundred acres of woodlands and the source of four watersheds.

    Hidden Mountain 2017 Summer/Fall Practice:
    9am to 11:30am 4th Sunday’s     
    June 25th,     July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, and October 22nd.

    Dana donations to support the space are welcome.

    Red Cedar Zen Community’s Wilderness Dharma Program is offering this new practice space to Red Cedar, our other extended local sanghas, other local retreat groups, or for personal retreat space.  Hidden Mountain Zendo is a 24’ yurt, with full kitchen and bath (composting toilet), and formal zendo seating for up to 12. 

    The Zendo is also available to groups or individuals by suggested donation (dana), with the ability for overnight group programing with tent camping or zendo floor sleeping.

    Please RSVP register for the Friday, June 9th event so that we can plan accordingly.  Please direct inquiries for use of the space to Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702.

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    There will be an opportunity on site to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. 

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

    A full day hike to open the mountains to practice.

    Join us for a meditation hike to Skyline Divide - our first mindful foray into the deep mountains to open the season.

    Hike to Skyline Divide.  This popular local destination, a beautiful subalpine ridge partially covered in early season snowfields and avalanche lilies, will be our place of Opening the Mountains for the beginning of our ritual hiking season.

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the first ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests waking up the mountain deities, will be a 6 mile round trip with about a 1500’ elevation gain.

    The trail can be muddy at this time of the year so you may want to bring gaiters for snow in the upper portions.  Although there could be snow there will also be clear areas on the ridge.

    Register at www.RedCedarZen.org


    And early start is essential to have sufficient daylight to complete this hike at a modest pace. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 8:30am or at Nugent's Corner at 9:00am. To make a very full day consider joining the zendo practice at 6:00am.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

     

    An easy stroll into the deep primeval woods of our region. Mediation, ritual, contemplation and community.

    Join sangha for a Zen experience in the Old Growth forest remnant off of Mount Baker Highway.  This spot is the home to the oldest living beings of our local area.  We make this visit annually to connect with the wisdom and peace of the grove.

    Parking is limited to 2 or 3 spots and carpooling is essential. Meet at the Dharma Hall at 9:00am, or at the grocery store in Nugent's Corner at 9:30am. We'll return to the Dharma Hall at about 1:00pm.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 16 Aug 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Hawk Meadow Farm 1102 E. Kelly Rd, Bellingham and Mount Baker Wilderness
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    Our original wilderness excursion: now in it's 17th year. An introductory day plus a three-day meditation backpack onto the slopes of Mount Baker.

    Inspired by Dogen's Mountains and Rivers Sutra (Sansuikyo), this retreat includes silent backpacking through a beautiful old growth hemlock forest to a seldom-visited base camp at Mazama Park, just south of Mount Baker at the foot of Park Butte. Activities include traditional Zen practice, a short solo exercise, and opportunities for day hiking. The retreat is appropriate for new meditators and beginning backpackers.

    The group prepares for the mountains in the lowlands with an evening of meditation, day program in nature awareness, and Native American sweat lodge. The first two nights of this program are at Hawk Meadow Farm outside Bellingham, followed by two nights on the slopes of Mount Baker.

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Arrival - We will meet at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall at 5pm for dinner, orientation, and an evening of meditation with the larger Red Cedar Sangha.  After meditation we will drive about 20 minutes out to Hawk Meadow Farm.  Sleeping will be in the zendo yurt on floor futons or you may set up a tent.

    Nature Awareness Workshop - Thursday 9am - 3pm. Engaging the senses and slowing down together in the rich natural area around Hawk Meadow Farm.  Formal meditation practice will be combined with outdoor explorations and encounters.

    Packing & Preparation - Thursday 3pm - 5pm. An essential time to get our packs together, ready for a early departure on Friday morning.

    Native American Sweat Lodge  - Thursday  7pm - 10pm, facilitated by Rob Staveland, Northern Cheyenne-trained lodge teacher. A powerful ritual of purification and setting intentions. Sangha members not coming on the Mountains and Rivers are also invited to join in this evening of ritual. RSVP to Bob Penny (bobpenny1253@gmail.com / 360-927-5702) for details.

    Going to the Mountain - Early Friday morning we leave for Mount Baker. Our trailhead is 2 hours drive away. Hiking in to our base camp on Friday in silence we will spend two nights in the wilderness. Returning to the cars on Sunday August 18th at about 4:00pm and final return to Hawk Meadow at approximately 6:00pm to end this retreat.

    3-day Backpack: We hike into our base camp on Friday, hiking in silence and stopping for trail-side rituals along the way. At our base camp in Mazama Park we establish a zendo and practice all day Saturday. Hiking out on Sunday.  The shape our journey is a pilgrimage, stopping at ritual sites along the way to recite Dogen's Mountains and River Sutra

    Returning from the Mountain. We generally reach the trailhead again on Sunday between 3pm and 5pm arriving back at Hawk Meadow Farm in Bellingham between 5pm and 7pm. This is a hiking event so arrival time can vary. 

    More Details

    Cost includes breakfasts, dinners and trail parking passes and pre-registration via the website, plus a telephone interview with Bob to assess questions around hiking gear and fitness.

    NOTE: The base cost for this retreat does not, however, provide any compensation to the teachers.  Instruction for our Wilderness Retreat programs are offered on a 

    HAWK MEADOW FARM (1102 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham) MAP AND DIRECTIONS: Take Sunset Drive from I-5, drive by the Sunset Square Shopping Center going East, take a left on Hannegan, drive 3 miles, right on Kelly Road, drive exactly 1/2 mile, turn left immediately after a brown house (look for a reflective blue address marker for "1102"). Drive to the end of the long 1/4 mile driveway and turn right into the parking area for Hawk Meadow Farm.

    Registration required, please click the "Register" button on the left to being the process.

    There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobp@nas.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Mount Rainier, Washington

    Join the Red Cedar Zen Community Wilderness Program for a 3 night campground base-camp wilderness meditation, ritual, and nature awareness retreat at famed Mt. Rainier National Park. Red Cedar Zen Community has practiced wilderness meditation retreats for over fifteen years in the Pacific Northwest, and has developed a vibrant synthesis of backcountry travel and living, combined with traditional Soto Zen meditation and rituals.

    Standard arrival (preferred) 5pm Friday. Late arrival (if need be) no later than 12noon Saturday. Program ends 11 am Monday but some can stay on for Monday afternoon outing with sack lunch (provided) and restaurant dinner (at own expense) on way back.

    Mt. Rainier is the highest mountain in the Pacific Northwest and most heavily glaciated land mass in the continental United States, standing 14,411 ft. above sea level in a majestic volcanic cone, and surrounded everywhere by expansive forests and stunning high alpine terrain, making the national park an incomparable center of botanical, biological, and geological diversity.

    Red Cedar Zen Community "opened" the 100 mile ritual circuit around the mountain via the popular Wonderland Trail several years ago, and continues to perform this major circumambulation every few years as an affirmation of world peace.  This year we are revisiting the mountain with an accessible base camp experience that will allow people with wide ranging abilities to participate in rituals and experiences viewing the mountain as a sacred center, a natural stupa, a manifestation of awakened presence, and symbol of world unity and enlightenment.

    Activities

    Our theme for the weekend will be "Meeting the Mountain."  We will be exploring, through meditation, close daily living in the outdoors, discussion, and experiences in nature, how to access and practice dignity and peace as it is reflected in the presence of one of the world great mountains.  Our days will begin and end with meditation at our Cougar Rock camp.  A dharma talk will be part of our evening programs Saturday and Sunday.  During the days we will have explorations, walks, hikes, and nature awareness activities led by various Red Cedar Zen Community teachers and leaders.  Sunday's hike will be a ritual four mile circumambulation loop on one of the parks most popular and accessible trails up to Panorama Point at over 7000 feet.  Those not able to do this hike can participate in the beginning and ending ritual of the hike and spend the hike time relaxing at the historic lodge at Paradise.  Other walks and activities during the retreat will be short slow explorations on wide and accessible national park trails.  These experiences should be accessible to a wide range of abilities.

    Details

    The campout will be at Cougar Rock Campground, at a group site at the far end of a very quite loop in the campground.  This is a largest and quietest group site in the park.  There is space for a number of vehicles, as well as overflow parking nearby.  The camp site can accommodate up to 40 people.  The campground has water and flush toilets, but no showers.

    A rotating set of chores will employ everyone in the daily functions of the ritual and practical life of our camping group.  Our days will begin and end with group meditation practice and chanting rituals.  Breakfasts and lunches will be conducted ritually in silence with chants offered.  The morning, through breakfast, and the evening after dinner, as well as portions of the days where we will be walking or hiking, will be conducted in noble silence.  Other portions of the day involving camp chores will allow cheerful discussion.  At the end of each day we will have a social, informal dinner before resuming silence for evening dharma talk and meditation. 

    An advance group will begin setting up the camp at noon on Friday.  Early arrivals may come by 5pm Friday evening for dinner and evening program.  Late arrivals should arrive no later than noon Saturday.  We will break camp and pack up by noon on Monday.  Some may choose to leave then, but others are welcome to stay for additional hiking Monday afternoon and a group dinner at a nearby restaurant on the way back home that evening.  PLEASE INDICATE YOUR PLANNED ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES ON YOUR REGISTRATION FORM.  BE SURE TO ALLOW AMPLE EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL SO AS TO ARRIVE BY YOUR PLANNED TIME.

    The camping area allows tents only.  Red Cedar will erect covering tents and structures to protect our meditation and kitchen areas, as well as some limited large scale sleeping tents with raised folding cots or air mattresses.  Red Cedar will supply all cooking and eating gear.  All meals at the campsite, as well as trail snacks for our walks and hikes, are included in your registration. You must reserve space for one of the folding cots/mattresses. Most participants will want to bring their own tents and sleeping pads.  Everyone must bring their own sleeping bag.  A full gear list will be forwarded with your registration.                

    Requirements                       

    Participants for this retreat should be in good health, be able to walk for periods of time carrying a light day pack, and ideally have a somewhat established meditation practice. Additionally, it is essential that participants should be very comfortable working in an intensely group-oriented camping environment, requiring close communication and living.  Please answer all the questions during the registration process, and be sure to include a phone number.  The trip leader will contact you for a short phone conversation to discuss the program.

    Registration required, please click the "Register" button on the left to being the process.

    There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.

     

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall or Nugent's Corner

     

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    An intensive long day hike to the source of the Nooksack River: Nooksack Cirque. A long and strenuous hike in and out of the the Upper North Fork drainage. Half of the hike is off trail on rocky terrain. Plan on a long day, hiking at a good pace, and wearing hiking boots. At the Cirque we will perform a ritual in the sacred space of many hanging glaciers and waterfalls.

    A very early start is essential to have sufficient daylight for this long day hike. Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 5:30am or at Nugent's Corner at 6:00am. 

    If you are unsure of your fitness for this hike please contact Bob before registering.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.

    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.
    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Carpool from the Dharma Hall to trailhead at Samish Overlook

     


    A four mile day hike to close the mountains to practice.

    Join us for a meditation hike to Oyster Dome - our final mindful foray into the local mountains to close the season.

    Hike to the jem of the Chuckanuts: Oyster Dome.  This popular local destination, a prominent rocky outcrop on the southwest face of Blanchard mountain, will be our place of Closing the Mountains for the ending of our ritual hiking season.

    This hike, inspired by traditions on Tibetan sacred mountains where the last ritual circuit of the season was performed by priests putting the mountain to rest, will be a 4 mile round trip with about a 500’ elevation gain.

    Meet at the Dharma Hall for carpooling at 9am. Those coming from Skagit can meet us at the trailhead at the Samish Overlook at 9:30, via the Alger exit (please coordinate with Bob).

    To make a very full day consider joining the zendo practice at 6:00am that morning.

    We'll return to the Dharma Hall about 4pm.

    To come on this hike please RSVP with the registration form. Click the "Register" button to the left to start the process. There will be an opportunity during registration to make a dana offering if you choose (details on Dana Paramita here) and you may also make a dana offering at any time on the Dana page. Unlike our "indoor" retreats dana is not generally collected during the event.
    Contact Wilderness Programs Coordinator Bob Penny at bobpenny1253@gmail.com or 360-927-5702 with questions and see our Wilderness Programs webpage for an overview of this program.

Past events

20 May 2017 Awakening in Everyday Life: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
13 May 2017 Contemplating Nature Workshop
06 May 2017 Sangha Work Day - May 6th
30 Apr 2017 Norman Fischer Poetry Reading
30 Apr 2017 Guiding Teacher Installation Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer and Nomon Tim Burnett
29 Apr 2017 Guiding Teacher Stepping Down Ceremony with Zoketsu Norman Fischer
20 Apr 2017 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
12 Apr 2017 Buddha's Birthday - Potluck Dinner, Meditation, and Ceremony
03 Apr 2017 A Conversation About Death and Dying
01 Apr 2017 Sangha Work Day - April 1st
26 Mar 2017 Sangha Mentors Program - April through September 2017
19 Mar 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
10 Mar 2017 Calligraphy Practice Group
08 Mar 2017 Practice Period Closing Circle
05 Mar 2017 Shuso's Dharma Inquiry Ceremony
03 Mar 2017 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Nomon Tim Burnett, and Ryushin Kate McKenna
02 Mar 2017 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
25 Feb 2017 Blanchard Mountain Meditation Hike and Meeting
13 Feb 2017 Introduction to Zen Meditation
08 Feb 2017 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
05 Feb 2017 Zazen in Uncertain Times: Sitting with the Fire - Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
04 Feb 2017 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
22 Jan 2017 Shuso's Way Seeking Mind Talk.
22 Jan 2017 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
21 Jan 2017 Women's March on Bellingham
18 Jan 2017 Intimacy at the Heart of Conflict (Shuso's Class)
11 Jan 2017 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
11 Jan 2017 Winter Practice Period 2017 - overview & registration
07 Jan 2017 Sangha Work Day
01 Jan 2017 Zazenkai: a morning of silent practice
31 Dec 2016 New Year's Eve Zen Ceremony
17 Dec 2016 Saturday Morning Practice with Breakfast
03 Dec 2016 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
01 Dec 2016 Public Dharma Talks by Nomon Tim Burnett and Eko Jeff Kelley
30 Nov 2016 Rohatsu 2016 - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
08 Nov 2016 Election Day Sits
07 Nov 2016 Let Love Be Our Legacy Interfaith Banner Display and Community Gathering
29 Oct 2016 Jukai Day Retreat and Ceremony
22 Oct 2016 Inter-Sangha Work Party
16 Oct 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
15 Oct 2016 Sangha Work Day - CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
13 Oct 2016 Cultivating the Seven Factors of Enlightenment
08 Oct 2016 Closing the Mountains Hike
01 Oct 2016 Understanding Consciousness: A Zen Studies Retreat with Nomon Tim Burnett
24 Sep 2016 CANCELED: Journey to the Source - hike to Nooksack Cirque
16 Sep 2016 Five Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
10 Sep 2016 Circumambulation of Mount Adams - Journey into Wildness
04 Sep 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart: Paramitas of Meditation and Wisdom
03 Sep 2016 Sangha Work Day
15 Aug 2016 Zazen in the Cedar Grove
15 Aug 2016 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
07 Aug 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
06 Aug 2016 Meditation in the Old Growth
05 Aug 2016 Calligraphy Practice Group
17 Jul 2016 Sunday Simple Sit with Chris Burkhart
16 Jul 2016 Opening the Mountains Hike
06 Jul 2016 Summer Dharma Seminar: Our Embodied Life
02 Jul 2016 Sangha Work Day
25 Jun 2016 Samish Sangha Clean Up
18 Jun 2016 Samish Island Dharma Talks 2016
17 Jun 2016 Samish Island Sesshin 2016
04 Jun 2016 Sangha Work Day
20 May 2016 Skagit Poetry Festival with Norman Fischer
30 Apr 2016 Gentle Zen Retreat
03 Apr 2016 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
02 Apr 2016 Sangha Work Day
13 Mar 2016 Norman Fischer Reading at Village Books
13 Mar 2016 Norman Fischer reading at Village Books
13 Mar 2016 Practice Period Closing Ceremony
11 Mar 2016 Public Dharma Talks: Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
10 Mar 2016 Three Day Sesshin with Zoketsu Norman Fischer & Nomon Tim Burnett
07 Mar 2016 Zen Precepts Study Group
04 Mar 2016 Principles of Buddhism with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
04 Mar 2016 Introduction to Buddhist Meditation with Ruth Ozeki and Tim Burnett - Whatcom READS!
26 Feb 2016 Buddhism in Bellingham panel - Whatcom READS!
21 Feb 2016 Sunday Simple Sit: Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity
17 Feb 2016 Mid-Practice Period Check-in & Parinirvana Ceremony
08 Feb 2016 Introduction to Zen Meditation Practice
03 Feb 2016 Zen Pioneers Study Group
30 Jan 2016 Practice Period Opening Sesshin
27 Jan 2016 Practice Period Opening Ceremony
27 Jan 2016 Winter Practice Period 2016 - overview & registration
20 Jan 2016 Annual Sangha Meeting with the Board
17 Jan 2016 Sunday Simple Sit
16 Jan 2016 Tim's 50th Birthday
02 Jan 2016 Sangha Work Day
31 Dec 2015 New Year's Ceremony
05 Dec 2015 Buddha's Enlightenment: Night Sit, Morning Ceremony
05 Dec 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Eko Jeff Kelley
04 Dec 2015 Public Dharma Talk by Nomon Tim Burnett
03 Dec 2015 Rohatsu - Buddha's Enlightenment retreat
18 Nov 2015 Visiting Dharma Talk with Eko Jeff Kelley
31 Oct 2015 A Day of Compassion with Nomon Tim Burnett
29 Oct 2015 Jukai Ceremony
14 Oct 2015 Stories of Awakening with Anita Feng
26 Sep 2015 Closing the Mountains Hike
18 Sep 2015 Four Day Zen Sesshin with Seattle Soto Zen
13 Aug 2015 Mountains and Rivers Hiking Retreat
01 Aug 2015 Meditation in the Old Growth
11 Jul 2015 Opening the Mountains Hike
28 Jun 2015 Samish Sangha Clean Up
20 Jun 2015 Samish Dharma Talks
20 Jun 2015 Gentle Zen Retreat
19 Jun 2015 Samish Island Sesshin
06 Jun 2015 Sangha Work Party
11 Apr 2015 Sangha Work Party
05 Apr 2015 Mt. Erie Hiking Meditation
05 Apr 2015 Circumambulation of Mount Erie
01 Apr 2015 Buddha's Birthday
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual Meeting
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