Registration is now closed. Let us know if you'd like to be notified when registration for 2020 opens.

Another retreat is offered this summer: Guan Yin Recitation Retreat

Retreat 2019

A week of meditation, Dharma practice and study at Buddha Root Farm, Reedsport, Oregon led by Rev. Heng Sure.

Topic

A Practice-based Approach to the Diamond (Vajra Prajna Paramita) Sutra

When

Camp runs from the evening of Saturday, July 13 to the morning of Saturday, July 20, 2019.

We are arranging a bus to transport participants to Oregon and back. The group bus will leave City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) around 6AM on Saturday, July 13. The bus will stop at Berkeley around 8AM.

Saturday morning of July 20, the bus will return to CTTB and Berkeley, arriving by 10pm.

Program

We follow a daily schedule of seated and walking meditation, yoga and taiji, Dharma talks, community service, music and outdoor activities.

The schedule will be similar to the following:

5:00 - 6.00 AM Morning Ceremony (optional)
6:15 - 7.00 AM Meditation
7:15 - 8.15 AM Breakfast & Community Work
8:30 - 10.00 AM Lecture
10:10 - 11.00 AM Exercise
11:30 AM - 12.30 PM Lunch
12.30 - 1.25 PM Community Work
1:40 - 2.25 PM Meditation or Dharma 101
2.35 - 3.20 PM Meditation or Dharma 101
3.30 - 4.00 PM Meditation
4:00 - 5.00 PM Discussion
5.15 - 6.00 PM Dinner & Community Work
6.30 - 7.30 PM Evening Ceremony
7.30 - 9.00 PM Lecture
9.15 PM Dedication of Merit
10.00 PM Lights Out

Cost

Buddha Root Farm continues to run on the dana system. This event is free but donations are welcome.

Requirements

Our campus is distributed on varied terrain, that is to say between a riverbank and a hillside so the ability to hike up and down hill for 20 minutes is essential. The camp is not strenuous, but good physical health and the ability to meditate for 45 minutes are necessary. Part of the magic of our camp is the experience of gentle Oregon coast nature, so most campers sleep outside, in tents under the stars.

Minimum age to attend is 10 years old. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Application

Registration is closed for 2019

Location

Buddha Root Farm is located about one hour’s drive NE of Reedsport, Oregon. Driving down from the North it is 2.2 hours from Eugene, Oregon.

Please note that cell phones don't work in this remote area; nor is there any internet reception.

What to Bring

Please pack only the essentials, as car space is shared with other riders.
Some recommended items are:

  • Suitable clothes: Mornings and evenings can be chilly, while midday is usually quite warm so bring a range of clothing. Warm clothing items you will need include gloves, scarf, hat, long underwear, and a winter jacket. Hot weather items include tee-shirts, jeans, bandana, and sturdy clothes suitable for meditation and hiking.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Small tent if you have one. Otherwise, shared tents will be provided.
  • Insulated sleeping pad
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Umbrella and raincoat, plus rainboots if you have them
  • Your favorite meditation cushion
  • Bring shoes for walking and hiking. Shoes with good traction are ideal.
  • Flashlight *necessary item*
  • Drinking mug/water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Medication if you are allergic to bee or wasp stings
  • Tiger Balm for bug bites
  • Phone card (landline available but must have phone card to make calls)

Additional Information and Requests

  • Our kitchen provides three delicious vegetarian meals per day. No food in your tent is a rule we enforce strictly. Wild animals have keen noses. To avoid attracting animals to your tent, keep all food down in the kitchen.
  • Buddha Root Farm is a monastery, so please leave behind any meat, eggs, or food containing onions, garlic, chives, scallions and leeks.
  • Alcohol, marijuana, and other intoxicating substances are unsuitable for the camp. Please do not put them in your pack.
  • Also, please do not bring your pet; there are animals in the mountain that might consider your beloved dog or cat a potential snack.
  • Men and women will camp in separate campgrounds.
  • Campers and staff alike use outdoor toilets and showers. Water is shared so daily showering time will be limited.
  • Please dress modestly (i.e. wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothes). This includes wearing pants, long shorts or long skirts (below knee) and long or short-sleeve shirts rather than tank tops. Please no tights/leggings.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Oregon traffic laws, particularly speed limits, are strictly enforced.
  • Drive at speed limit, be alert for changes in road conditions (construction, rain, traffic, etc.).
  • Check vehicle tire pressure, oil and regular maintenance, wiper blades and fluid.
  • Do not overload your car.
  • Check and adjust your mirrors.
  • Drivers should take breaks every 2-3 hours. Switch drivers or stop to rest when driver is tired.
  • Driver can eat some snack food (e.g. potato chips) slowly to stay awake. Slowly chew each chip for every 2 miles.
  • Plan your route and know where you are going. Get plenty of rest the night before.
  • Please don't text and drive. Give your phone to the passenger next to you. Please don't drive if taking medications that would affect your alertness.
  • All passengers should wear seat belts.

Contact Us

Please email brf@berkeleymonastery.org when you have any questions!

Video archives (lectures & other recordings)

Click here to see our collection on DharmaRealmLive.

Participant Reflections

Read a recap of the 2018 Buddha Root Farm experience by participant Xuan Ooi.

Snapshots: Every year at the end of the retreat, participants share a "snapshot"– a moment, reflection or memory from Buddha Root Farm. View a collection of snapshots from 2018 here.

2015 Buddha Root Farm Video