What to Expect

Generally we ask that overnight visitors using shared facilities at Kevala be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the start of their stay. In some cases unvaccinated guests who live locally and can be flexible with scheduling, can be accommodated.

Contact: to request a retreat, please familiarize yourself with this page, then email kevala at kevalaretreat dot org

Accommodations: At Kevala Retreat you will find simple accommodations for up to five individual retreatants (more for groups who are here together). Tent sites are available in the warm months. Shower and kitchen facilities are mostly shared. Please find an overview of available rooms and hermitages here.

Cost: There is no specific charge for retreat. However, Kevala Retreat subsists solely on the generosity of guests and supporters. We ask that you be generous, within your means, to ensure Kevala is available for others after you.

Food: You are responsible for your own food provisions and meal preparation. You may be sharing the kitchen with other retreatants so a mindset of simplicity and efficiency is encouraged. Freezer space and a microwave are available for pre-prepared dishes. Basic supplies are provided ie: oil, salt, pepper, spices, decaffeinated teas. All food at Kevala must be vegetarian (eggs and milk are fine).

Schedule: It is helpful to have attended a guided group retreat before self retreating, but not mandatory. If you do not have previous experience with guided retreat, we encourage you to begin with a short 2-3 day retreat. A suggested self retreat schedule can be found here.

Please DO bring: toiletries, a towel, a water bottle, a flash light, an alarm if needed and clothing & footwear appropriate to the weather, season and terrain (think hilly, and potentially icy, muddy or snowy).

Please DO NOT bring: alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, musical instruments or pets. (Dogs are occasionally accommodated by special request)

Electronic devices are highly discouraged on retreat, and may not be used in the common areas. In certain circumstances they may be used, in personal space, with ear buds, specifically for listening to or reading Dhamma materials, or in the case of a writing retreat.

Guidance is available during your retreat, if desired. You may schedule time with Santikaro or Jo Marie as desired.

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