Our Day of Mindfulness program offers regular day-long Saturday Sits on the second Saturday of each month (except for the months of our weekend retreats, this year in April and September).
The inspiration for these day-long retreats is to provide an opportunity to deepen our practice, time and space to engage in longer meditations and dharma study, and to strengthen the community we share.
We offer two formats for our monthly Days of Mindfulness (DOMs): A “Teacher-led DOM” or a “Quiet Day”.
The Teacher-led DOM is focused on instruction, with either a live teacher or a recorded video of a teacher, often from Spirit Rock.
A Quiet Day gives more time to silence and extended meditation practice (walking and sitting), with perhaps a brief guided meditation in the morning and a taped (audio) dharma talk in the afternoon.
A typical retreat day begins at 9:00 or 10:00 AM, and finishes between 4:00 and 5:00 PM. A shared lunch is taken in silence, and participants are asked to bring their contribution to the shared lunch.
A donation of approximately $20 is requested to cover the cost of rent when Teacher-led days are held at the Quaker Meeting House at Sheridan Avenue and 19th Street in Port Townsend.
There is no charge for Quiet Day retreats, as these are held in the home of a Sangha member or for Teacher-led days when held in the home of a Sangha member.
For every retreat, a dana offering is encouraged, and either will be given to the teacher or to the PT Sangha to assist in running its events and to support a scholarship fund for members who wish to go on extended retreats.
Participants are requested to hold the intention of committing to the whole day when they register. This helps to strengthen and stabilize the group energy throughout the day. Please bring any meditation items (cushions, shawls) that assist your meditation practice. Chairs will be provided.
The retreat theme will be sent to the Sangha email list and posted on this website at the beginning of each month.
You may use the sign-up form below. As there is a limited number of spaces, early registration is recommended.
The 2018 Saturday Sit retreat schedule will be described in more detail below as plans are completed.
There will be no Days of Mindfulness held on Saturdays during the months of our Weekend Retreats. Notices of Weekend Retreats will be posted as schedules are finalized.
Hover over a date for a brief summary of the day’s program.
The words of three teachers, Jack Kornfield, Phillip Moffit and Joanna May guided us through our day of silent sitting and walking meditation. The subject is Gratitude.
A recorded daylong retreat led by Adyashanti held at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in November 2016 entitled Living Beyond the Known and the Resolution of Suffering.
Interspersed with times of sitting and/or outdoor walking meditation, we will listen to three of Tara Brach’s dharma talks: Remembering and Choosing Loving Presence and My Religion is Kindness – Part 1 & 2 More Details on the Home Page.