Port Townsend Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha has weekly meditation sits, offers introductions to meditation, and sponsors non-residential retreats. We are located in Port Townsend, WA and meet at a fully wheelchair-accessible site.

While our focus is on vipassana, or Insight Meditation, we welcome anyone who wishes to sit with us in silent meditation and is interested in the dharma.

Day of Mindfulness with Jack Kornfield, September 10, 2016

Buddhist psychology DOMOur September Day of Mindfulness will be another teacher-led day held at the Quaker Meetinghouse from 9am to 5pm.

We will be viewing a recorded daylong retreat led by Jack Kornfield held at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in September 2015: One Day Training in Buddhist Psychology – The Essence Continue reading

Annual All-Sangha Picnic – August 31, 2016

The Beach at Ft Worden State Park

It’s time again for our all-Sangha Annual Summertime Picnic, a time for socializing and celebrating our community! Come and join in the fun and camaraderie, connect with old friends and make some new ones. This is a time for us to play and relax in a beautiful environment on the late-summer beaches of Port Townsend. Continue reading

Fall retreat with Heather Martin – October 1-2, 2016

p1000645Heather Martin returns to Port Townsend the first weekend of October to facilitate our annual Fall retreat.

This retreat will focus on the simple mindfulness techniques of Insight Meditation.

Insight or Vipassana meditation is the simple practice of observing one’s direct experience in the moment with a gently relaxed, open and careful awareness. By learning to be present with this attitude, we are able to access our natural qualities – a spacious calm clear mind; a warm and peaceful heart. Heather emphasizes the practical application of these perennially brilliant teachings
with warm-heartedness, clarity and accessibility. Continue reading

Guiding Committee Meeting – June 28, 2016

The PT Sangha Guiding Committee met for their quarterly meeting on June 28th. The minutes of this meeting can be read here. Their next meeting is scheduled for some time in October and will be announced closer to the date.

2016 Days of Mindfulness Retreat Schedule

The Day of Mindfulness (DOM) committee met recently to organize our 2016 schedule of Saturday Sits. The day-long retreats take place on the second Saturday of the month (note: this is a change from last year when they fell on the third Saturdays), except those months of our weekend retreats (January and October this year).

Please see our “Monthly Days of Mindfulness” page for further information on our Saturday Sits and a complete 2016 schedule.

Recordings from January retreat with Kamala Masters

Digital recordings from our weekend retreat with Kamala Masters are now available for listening or download on our Talks page.

Lending Library Revised!

Our PT Sangha Library has moved out of the dungeon and into the light! The Library now shares space with the Quaker Library at the Friends Meetinghouse. It’s available for members to peruse during Wednesday night sits and retreat weekends. Continue reading

More Opportunities to Practice the Dharma

Looking for other opportunities to practice the Dharma on the Olympic Peninsula? Here are some suggestions: Continue reading

Guiding Committee Meetings

The PT Sangha Guiding Committee meets occasionally to discuss issues that are currently relevant to the Sangha. Click here for an archive of minutes for these meetings.

Retreat Scholarships Available

Sangha members contribute dana as a gesture of generosity and in support the Port Townsend Sangha. Part of these funds are used towards members of the Sangha who would like to enrich their meditation practice by participating in an extended retreat. Please refer to the Retreat Scholarship program for details. If you have any questions, please ask any member of the Guiding Committee.