Individual Retreat

What is an Individual Retreat?

Individual Retreats may be booked at the Washoe Valley Center for the following time periods:

  • weekend
  • one, two or three weeks
  • one, two or three months

Individual Retreats are an opportunity to spend time in silence and stillness and to participate in an enhanced experience of New Dharma community activities. Generally, these retreats are held in quietude. You may request a silent retreat, and will be placed in a house being held in silence, or you may choose to request a retreat with an emphasis on a Gita Study course; the choice is up to you.

Individual Retreat Format

The format of your Individual Retreat is up to you. You may choose to be in silent for the duration of the retreat or you may choose to participate with the daily programs of the community. You may decide to use your stay to focus on studying the Bhagavad Gita which may include joining the weekly Gita Study Circle. An option is to follow the format of a 6- or 9-day program in silence and using the audio and written materials to guide your retreat.

There are a number of lodging options which will be dependent upon your area of study. Each house will have single and shared rooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, living room and meditation area. You will have an initial discussion with your assigned Program Facilitator to plan your retreat and daily schedule. The only required activity is the morning Silent Sitting in each house. All other activities are optional for personal retreatants.

Combining an Individual Retreat with another retreat

Because of their travel time and commitment, international participants are given accommodation priority. If you wish to combine your Individual Retreat with another retreat please contact newdharma@gmail.com.

What is the schedule like?

This sample schedule is an example of a possible week during a Individual Retreat.

Sunday – Arrival:

4:00 pm Room check-in*

6:00 pm Orientation and intention setting for new retreatants

7:00 – 8:30 pm Group Silent Sitting

*Meet with Program Facilitator – on day of arrival or the day after

Monday:

6:00 – 7:30 am Silent Sitting in your own home

7:00 – 8:30 pm Group Silent Sitting

Tuesday:

6:00 – 7:30 am Silent Sitting in your own home

11:30 – 1:00 pm Group Silent Sitting

7:00 – 8:00 pm  Sat Shree Live

Wednesday:

6:00 – 7:30 am Silent Sitting in your own home

11:00 – 12:30 pm Group Silent Sitting

7:00 – 8:30 pm Group Silent Sitting

Thursday:

6:00 – 7:30 am Silent Sitting in your own home

Scheduled meeting with Program Facilitators

7:00 – 8:30 pm Satsang with Sat Shree at Maranatha

Friday:

6:00 – 7:30 am Silent Sitting in your own home

11:00 – 12:30 pm Group Silent Sitting

7:00 – 8:30 pm Group Silent Sitting at Maranatha or Group Inquiry with Satyamayi

Saturday:

6:00 – 7:30 am Silent Sitting in your own home

7:00 – 8:30 pm Satsang with Sat Shree at Maranatha

Sunday – Departure:

6:00 – 7:30 am Silent Sitting in your own home

11:00 am Check-out by those departing

What is the cost?

Retreat program fees cover all costs associated with the Individual Retreat while making the retreat experience as accessible as possible. Fees do not cover your meals (self-catered).

Weekend Individual Retreat Program

  • Begins on Friday and ends on Sunday
  • Cost: $42 per day

1-3 Week Individual Retreat Program

  • Begins on a Sunday
  • Cost: $42 per day
  • Includes accommodations
  • Does not include additional Retreats

1-3 Month Individual Retreat Program

  • Begins on the first of the month
  • Cost: $42 per day
  • Includes accommodations
  • Does not include additional Retreats

 

What about food?

You provide and prepare your own food for your retreat. Before you arrive, plan out meals that are simple and easy to prepare.

Reno has a number of grocery options including Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and Trader Joe’s. There is a Dollar General located near the Center houses but is limited to canned goods, etc. We suggest that you do your grocery shopping before you arrive at the Center.

All the New Dharma houses have fully equipped kitchens with some general supplies like spices and oils. There is an available refrigerator/freezer and dry storage space for your groceries.

You may be sharing the kitchen with other residents so cleaning up after yourself is essential. We ask that you show consideration for others by being as neat and tidy as possible when using community spaces. You may want to check in with others sharing your house as to a possible meal schedule and house rules.

How do I get there?

The New Dharma Center is located approximately 18 miles south of Reno, Nevada. New Dharma does not provide transportation to and from the airport, or to community/retreat activities in the Washoe Valley so we strongly encourage you to rent a car for your stay.

It is sometimes possible to make arrangements for transportation with other retreatants or members of the community. If you are arriving by air, please inquire about this if you prefer not to rent a car.

The two locations of activities for the retreats at the New Dharma houses, Maranatha and McClellan are about a 15-minute drive from each other. There is no grocery shopping within walking distance from any Washoe Valley location. So, all participants need transportation during their retreat.

Air Transportation

The Reno-Tahoe International airport is approximately 30 minutes away for those flying in. If you are looking to arrange a ride rather than renting a car, give us a call before booking your flight and we can see if there are already any scheduled trips to and from Reno that you could rideshare with.

Driving to the New Dharma Center

If you choose to drive, please pay attention to the weather reports as we do experience snow, especially in the higher elevations during winter.

Other Transportation

Unfortunately there is no public transportation from the airport to Washoe Valley so if you do not rent a car for your stay then you will need to secure a taxi. Sometimes people are able to get a ride through Uber or Lyft to Washoe Valley.

What are the expectations of participants?

An Individual Retreat at is an opportunity to “withdraw” from the hustle of everyday life. It is an opportunity to “retreat” to a place where the focus of the community is spiritual; to sit in silence and stillness. It is a time to center, recharge and realign.

Expectations of Retreatants

  • A commitment to use all activities of the day as opportunities for practice
  • A commitment to being fully at the retreat, with no outside activities
  • Full participation in the retreat schedule that you have created
  • Participation in initial interview with your program facilitator

Communication with the outside world

  • The experience of being on retreat is a rare opportunity for silence and stillness.
  • All personal and business obligations should therefore be taken care of prior to arrival, to the extent possible.
  • We ask that you limit your contact to your business and family to once a week. A number will be provided to your family or business where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
What are the expectations of participants?

An Individual Retreat at is an opportunity to “withdraw” from the hustle of everyday life. It is an opportunity to “retreat” to a place where the focus of the community is spiritual; to sit in silence and stillness. It is a time to center, recharge and realign.

Expectations of Retreatants

  • A commitment to use all activities of the day as opportunities for practice
  • A commitment to being fully at the retreat, with no outside activities
  • Full participation in the retreat schedule that you have created
  • Participation in initial interview with your program facilitator

Communication with the outside world

  • The experience of being on retreat is a rare opportunity for silence and stillness.
  • All personal and business obligations should therefore be taken care of prior to arrival, to the extent possible.
  • We ask that you limit your contact to your business and family to once a week. A number will be provided to your family or business where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
What do I bring with me?

What to bring on your Individual Retreat: 

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  • Clothing
    Pack clothing appropriate to the weather conditions during your visit.
  • Personal items
    Personal toiletries including soap and shampoo, bathrobe, slippers, alarm clock, umbrella, flashlight, sunglasses, water bottle, earplugs, any special meditation cushions or seating. Please bring whatever is needed for personal medical or health concerns. Note that the New Dharma Center is located at 5,500 feet where the risk of sunburn is severe, so please pack accordingly.

What is provided:

A shared room, clothing storage, a shared bath, bed linens, towels, pillows, laundry facilities, basic household cleaning supplies, utilities, and internet.

What is not provided:

Food, drink, personal toiletries, insurance of any kind; other supplies for personal use; transportation to or from any airport, bus station, or elsewhere.