Planning for your visit:
- ACCOMMODATION AND LODGING
The rooms are arranged as shared double rooms with 2 twins or 1 twin + 1 full bed. Some rooms have bunk beds. Since we are reopening, there is a possibility that you may be sharing a room with another guest of the same sex. Linens, towels, toilet paper, and hand soap will be provided. Still, we ask that you bring your own toiletries, if possible—toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and mouth and body wash. Indoor shoes/slippers are mandatory as a tradition in an Asian household.
- Xuan Ju Practice Hall - We have installed new mat flooring, which gives just enough grip on your feet and cushioning for impact when practicing. Consistent with the care of a traditional training hall, indoor training shoes are mandatory to use inside the training hall at all times.
- Preparing for the weather/season - weather permitting, we may be holding the workshop outside on the grass fields, especially to accommodate social distancing. We recommend that you bring shoes that you do not mind getting wet and muddy if it may have rained recently or from morning dew.
- In the Spring through Fall months, the critters (i.e., mosquitos and ticks) come out to feast and play. We recommend bringing your preferred choice of insect repellant with you. Check yourself each time you return to the retreat center to ensure that you are not tracking any ticks inside.
- If you are dining with us, please let us know of any dietary restrictions or food allergies. We only have one kitchen and will be doing the meal prep ourselves or ordering from local restaurants, but we will do our best to accommodate. If you have culinary skills you are willing to loan out, please let us know. We are looking for volunteers.
- House Keeping. Washing and drying machines are available. It will be simple living in the monastic tradition where everyone will be sharing the responsibility for preparing and cooking meals, washing dishes, and cleaning your room, just like at home.