Intensive Vipassana Retreat with Daniel B. Joshua Tree, CA, Jan. 3-15, 2020

Dear friends,

We have settled on a retreat venue in the California Mojave desert, in the north of unincorporated Joshua Tree, a sparsely populated area. Dhamma Dena Meditation Center was founded over 40 years ago by Ruth Denison, who studied with Theravada Buddhist masters including Mahasi Sayadaw and also trained in Zen monasteries. Like her contemporary S.N. Goenka, Ruth received transmission and was empowered to teach by the Burmese lay master Sayagyi U Ba Khin.

This retreat is officially sponsored by Inner Way L.A.


Please fill out the registration form here
or copy this URL into your web browser:
Price per person: $850 + dana for the teacher & Dhamma Dena staff
Deposit to Register: $120 + $3.88 PayPal fees -- due by December 12th
Balance of $730 + $22 PayPal fees -- due by December 31st
Note: We cannot offer a reduction in price to part-time participants.
Please pay your deposit online, by PayPal or credit card:
  1. Log in to PayPal. Go to your PayPal account page and click on the Send & Request tab at the top
  2. Under "Send", input the email address – [email protected] - and click "Next"
  3. Enter the amount of your payment ($123.88and click "Continue"
  4. Click on the field with the payment source and amount to select the payment method. Selecting your bank account will result in no fees being added to your payment amount. Selecting a credit card or linking a card will automatically add a processing fee to your payment. Make your selection and click Next.
  5. Make sure everything is correct and click on "Send Payment Now"
You may also pay via the Inner Way LA donation page, using "Other $" amount:
Or you may pay the full amount of $850 by check mailed to:
Inner Way L.A. 6512 Arizona Ave, Playa Vista, CA 90045
Full payment via PayPal or credit card incurs $25 in service charges, which we will ask you to please cover.




This is an intensive course. The requested period of practice will be 11 - 13 hours daily. Students new to Mahasi-style vipassana practice are welcome. The teacher will conduct interviews by Skype with new students as part of the registration process.


Every participant will have a private room in a house, or a private travel trailer if you prefer to be more solitary. Note that in the high desert, night temps drop to below freezing and the trailers are more difficult to heat. Dhamma Dena does not segregate the houses by gender.

The half dozen bathrooms are shared and unassigned; you can use what’s available, according to your preference. There are also four outhouses and a rustic bath house for those who like to shower under the skylights.

There is a group meditation hall known as the Zendo where the community sits in silence daily at 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. and 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. Our group will be welcome to sit in the Zendo, in our rooms or out of doors, weather permitting. There are desert paths and open space suited to walking meditation, including a labyrinth, plus a covered concrete apron all around the Zendo.

There are vast open/undeveloped areas to hike or walk adjacent to the centre property.


There will be three simple vegetarian meals catered daily, including a warm breakfast, full lunch and a light supper. If you follow a special diet, you are welcome to bring meat or other needed items to store/eat in individual house kitchens. Vegan and gluten-free options are available at all meals. Outside mealtimes, there will be a selection of fruit, bread, crackers, jams, nut butters and coffee and teas for those who need more fuel.

THE COOKS Jaime and Erin come from complementary backgrounds in vegetarian cuisine, farm-to-table systems, urban bakeries, and herbal medicine, with additional experience in Sicilian cuisine and Ayurveda.


You will be requested to sign up for a daily housekeeping task of 30 – 45 minutes per day to help with the smooth running of the retreat. Tasks will generally be performed in silence.


This retreat center requests all participants use fragrance-free products for bathing and laundering their clothes.

Please click here for an informational booklet from the Dhamma Dena Meditation Center regarding their general policies and culture, which includes detailed information on the scent-free policy and how to prepare for retreat. Recommended reading.

For more information about the center, please see the Dhamma Dena website:


Daniel has been meditating over half a century and has studied one-on-one with many of the most respected Eastern and Western Buddhist teachers, including Taungpulu Sayadaw, S.N. Goenka, Anagarika Munindra, Ruth Denison and Joseph Goldstein. A hospice RN, Daniel balances head and heart in his presentation of the Buddha’s teachings. He provides students with guidance in the insight meditation traditions of Mahasi Sayadaw, Taungpula Sayadaw and S.N. Goenka, as well as in samatha practices. He is the author of a forthcoming book on the Mahasi method and the Progress Insight.

If you have further questions, please contact Marie at [email protected] / 562.280.4469

We look forward to seeing you there!

January 03, 2020 at 3:00pm - January 15, 2020
Dhamma Dena Meditation Center
Marie Beccue · · 562 280 4469

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