It is Tri-State Dharma’s mission to make retreats available to meditators from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and beyond. To make these retreats affordable to all who wish to attend, the fees for each retreat are slightly less than the minimum amount needed to cover our expenses. This does not take into account the scholarships that we give for almost all retreats. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation to Tri-State Dharma at the end of the retreat to help us continue this work. Thank you.
Deposits are your way of saving space for the retreat. If you must back out of the retreat, we will refund half of the deposit if you cancel 6 weeks prior to the retreat. If you have paid the full amount, we will refund the balance. For our Weekend retreats, if cancel 6 weeks prior, refund is all but $100. If cancel less than 6 weeks prior, refund is all but $200. Thank you for not asking for the full deposit back.
The cost of the retreat covers room and board and Tri-State Dharma’s expenses. Meditation teachers in this tradition are able to continue their work through Dana, or generous, voluntary giving by students. At retreat’s end, students have an opportunity to practice Dana by offering contributions. There is no specific contribution amount expected; give what feels right. Please think of this as an integral part of practice.
To request a scholarship please send an e-mail or mail a letter and registration form to Tri-State Dharma. No one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.
I attended my first retreat over New Years weekend at the Oakwood Retreat Center. It lasted from Friday evening until Tuesday lunch and was led by Joan Staubach and sponsored by TriState Dharma. Near the end of the retreat, Mary Ellen gave a short talk on dana. She asked two questions--"Why did you come here?" and "What do you take away from here?"