Retreat Information

Retreat format, starting and ending times

  • Please arrive on Friday, May 8, 2020, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. An early supper will be served.
  • Closing is at noon on Friday, May 15, 2020. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon and will end by 1:00 p.m.
  • The bulk of the retreat is held in Noble Silence. Daily sessions will integrate silent meditation with Insight Dialogue practice.
  • Previous meditation experience is helpful, but not necessary. Please indicate your previous experience with Insight Dialogue and any silent meditation practice on the application form. If you are new to Insight Dialogue, please let us know so we can offer you our information for first-time practitioners.
  • For more information, please email your questions to cascadiaretreat@gmail.

Accommodations options

  1. Single-occupancy rustic cabins: these individually heated units with bunk beds (measuring 6 feet by 32 inches) share common washroom/shower houses located within a short walk.
  2. Double-occupancy rooms with adjacent toilet and shower facilities: these individually heated rooms have in-room sinks, one queen and one double-size bed.
  3. Double-occupancy rooms: these are the same as #2 (above) but with common toilet and shower facilities located a short distance away.
  4. Tent space (bring own tent and equipment). In case of harsh weather, you will have the option of using a bunk bed inside a large shared cabin.
  5. RV or camper space (Add $20 to the registration fee for this option.)
  6. For special needs only: There are a limited number of single rooms with adjacent toilet and shower. These will be assigned to members of our retreat community who are holding on-site responsibilities, e.g. teachers, retreat managers, etc. In addition, retreatants with health issues requiring special accommodation may request a single room. These rooms will be assigned by April 24 according to the greatest perceived need. Select the single room option in the registration form as your first choice and email to inform us of your special need and whether you intend to withdraw your application if we are unable to assign a single room to you by April 24. Your registration fee will be fully refunded if you withdraw because we are unable to assign you a single room.


Meals are vegetarian. There will be (a) lactose-free, (b) wheat-free, and (c) gluten-free options available upon request. Please be sure to indicate any of these preferences on the application form. While you are welcome to indicate other dietary requests, the cooks may or may not be able to accommodate them. A small refrigerator is designated for storage of retreatants' special dietary needs, including cooked or ready-to-eat animal protein products. Coffee, tea and light snacks are available throughout the day.

Retreat chores

As part of this retreat community, each retreatant will be invited to take on a chore to support the day-to-day functioning of the retreat. Please indicate any limitations (e.g. difficulty standing while washing dishes, etc.) that might preclude you from undertaking specific "yogi jobs".

Sample Schedule

6:15 a.m. Wake-up bell

6:45 - 7:30 Morning meditation

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

9:00 - 12:30 Morning session

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

2:30 - 5:30 Afternoon session

5:30 - 6:30 Supper

7:30 – 9:30 Evening session

A bell will be rung at wake-up and 10 minutes before sessions begin.

Note: There are silent sits at 6:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m., & 7:30 p.m.

Bedding and meditation cushions

Retreatants need to bring their own bedding, pillows, towels, and meditation gear. Members of the local ID community will lend bedding, meditation mat (zabuton) and meditation cushion (zafu) to retreatants traveling by plane, train, or bus. Be sure to indicate your needs on the registration form.