The Port Townsend Sangha

The Port Townsend Sangha hosts a weekly meditation session each Wednesday evening at the Friends Meeting House, a wheelchair-accessible site at the corner of Sheridan and 19th St in Port Townsend, WA.

While our focus is on Vipassana, or Insight Meditation, all are welcome who wish to sit with us in silent meditation or who are interested in the dharma. Each week after meditation, we have tea and an hour of facilitated discussion.

We also sponsor non-residential retreats, conduct charitable activities, and offer introductions to meditation,

If you would like more information on Sangha activities, join us any Wednesday or subscribe to our email list. If you have questions, please send us an email or use our contact form.

Wednesday August 22nd Meditation and Discussion

The Port Townsend Sangha welcomes you to our weekly meditation on Wednesday, August 22, at 7 PM at the Friends Meeting House on 19th and Sheridan.

After meditation and tea, we will have a have a discussion of the dharma and our practice.

More information is coming shortly.

Everyone is invited and welcome.

And everyone please keep Wednesday Evening August 29th open for our Annual Picnic. Your invitation is below. We hope you can attend.

The All-Sangha Annual Picnic on Wednesday August 29


Please join us.

The Annual Sangha Picnic will be held at Fort Worden by the Beach. We will gather at the Fort Worden Kitchen Shelter on Wednesday August 29th from 4 PM until 7 PM, and stay later after dinner. It will be a chance to visit with one another and enjoy some fun as the summer closes. We hope you can attend.

The Kitchen Shelter will be open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, so come early and stay late to enjoy the beach and camaraderie. Family and friends are welcome.

The potluck meal will begin at 4pm and end at 7pm. Bring some summer fare, your utensils and beverage.

Bring Instruments, your guitars, fiddles, banjos, etc., especially if the weather is lovely, as music is always a treat!

Discover Passes are required to park at the Kitchen Shelter and at the beach level. But those without passes can park up the hill, by the park offices or at the Madrona Mind Body Institute and walk down. Or make arrangements with other friends to carpool.

Questions?   Email Us

September Retreat with Keri Pederson

Friday Evening September 21
All Day Saturday September 22

Free 7 PM Friday Talk: Introduction to Meditation

Saturday All Day Retreat: 9 AM – 5 PM
Suggested Contribution $30            

At Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington Street

Register Here


Forgetting and Remembering:  Reflections on the Path of Awakening

“Many of us start out on the spiritual path with a sense of coming home to something essential, or reconnecting with what deeply matters.  And yet, the pull of habitual tendencies of mind often erodes our ability to integrate and live out what we know is possible. In this evening talk and day-long retreat, we will explore together how we can relate to the highlights and lowlights we may experience on the path, and how cultivating certain qualities of heart such as friendliness, patience, and resolve can serve as our support.”

KERI PEDERSON began meditating in 1998, motivated by a deepening yoga practice as well as a strong desire to understand suffering. She began attending retreats in the tradition of S.N. Goenka, and has since practiced with a variety of lay and monastic teachers in the US, Thailand, and India. Rodney Smith invited her to teach in 2007, and she began offering classes, groups, and individual mentorship through Seattle Insight Meditation Society. She has also completed the four-year Teacher Training program through Spirit Rock and IMS.

The weekend is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators, and will include meditation (with instructions) and Dharma talks. Registrants will receive additional details prior to the event. If you have questions, feel free to email us.

Register Here.

2018 Days of Mindfulness Program

Days of Mindfulness (day-long retreats) take place on the second Saturday of the month.

Please see our “Monthly Days of Mindfulness” page for further information on our Saturday Sits and a complete 2018 schedule. On the same page, you can sign up to attend one of these one-day retreats.

If you would like additional information, please contact us by email.

Port Townsend Sangha Nonresidential Retreats

The Port Townsend Sangha conducts Weekend Non-Residential Retreats twice each year with a visiting teacher.

Our next retreat will be conducted by Seattle Insight Meditation Society teacher Keri Pederson. It is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, and includes a free introductory presentation on the prior Friday night September 21.

The location will be the Port Townsend Yacht Club. Additional information will be posted as received. If you have questions, please email us here.

More Opportunities for Dharma Study and Meditation

There are other current opportunities for Dharma Study and Meditation in or around Port Townsend.

Below are some suggestions and additional links.

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Sangha Lending Library

The PT Sangha Library shares space with the Quaker Library at the Friends Meetinghouse. It is open on Wednesday evenings and retreat weekends.

We have a wide variety of books and recordings on Buddhism, Buddhist practice, meditation and other spiritual traditions. All books and media may be borrowed.

Search Our Library Collection Online

To learn more about how the library works, visit our Lending Library page.