In addition to the Monday evening meditation group meetings, the Bear River Meditation Group regularly offers half and full day retreats which are listed below. For more information on the regular weekly meetings and updates on the focus of Dharma discussions at those meetings, please go to the Weekly Schedule.
Meditation instruction is usually available at our regular Monday evening meditation group meetings as well as at retreats. During COVID, while we are not meeting in person, we are looking toward doing a short series of evenings with meditation instruction. Please contact us for more information if you are new to this form of meditation practice and plan to join us.
Full and half day retreats are usually planned throughout the year. These retreats are led by Senior Teachers of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey as well as monks from other temples within the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. Though this year’s retreats have been cancelled due to COVID we hope to resume offering them sometime next year when it is safe to do so.
Additional events are usually planned by the meditation group throughout the year including day hikes, movie nights and pot luck meals. Due to COVID these events have been limited to small gatherings, with masks and distancing outside. This past summer we were able to do this safely once a month for what we called “Sangha in the Park”. We hope that in the Spring we might have an opportunity for some more meetings together outdoors, such as for a wildflower walk. If you would like to be notified of such events, please contact us to be put on the email notification list. This summer we have been meeting in person at the park in Meadow Vista for masked, social distanced get togethers.