SDRC 2021 Solo Retreat Application
Thanks for your interest in a solo retreat experience at Southern Dharma Retreat Center. Please review the following information carefully before submitting your application for consideration.

We are welcoming solo retreatants in 2021 for one or two week periods, beginning in May (5/10-5/23). A maximum of six solo retreatants may be invited to join us at any one time.

Single housing included, prepared meal plan is optional. Access to Meditation Hall, tent platforms, trails, as well as select Zoom sessions from our live at home retreats with Cheryl Wilfong and Mark Nunberg. Scheduled group meditation periods daily.

All volunteers will be asked to abide by the Precepts and Noble Silence while they are in residence.

Solo retreatants are welcome to join daily group meditation sessions, either on the veranda of the Meditation Hall while maintaining social distance from other individuals, or inside the Hall with masks on at all times. Please feel free to bring your own cushions, benches, zabutons, or other meditation and/or yoga props.

Applicants must have experience with regular, self-supported practice. Your practice as a solo retreatant will need to be entirely self-guided and we recommend that you have a counselor or teacher who is prepared to assist you in cases of need. The Southern Dharma staff and retreat teachers will not be in a position to provide any consultations of that nature, and if we feel at any point that you are a risk to yourself or anyone else on site, we will request that you return to your place of residence.

Daily schedule will include two hours of working meditation, primarily on outdoor groundskeeping tasks and food preparation.

Prepared meals will be vegan with vegetarian options, other dietary accommodations must be discussed prior to registration. Fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and indoor food storage areas will be made available to retreatants who do not enroll in the meal plan.

Solo retreatants will be housed in our single kutis in the meadow, with shared outdoor bathrooms and shower. Tents may also be used.

Southern Dharma may be able to offer limited WIFI access but this is not something that we can guarantee. Depending on your cell phone service provider, you may be able to make use of your phone while you are here. If not, you will be able to be reached in cases of emergency at our main number. We may need to limit use of data-heavy services (e.g. video calls, streaming video) while retreat sessions are underway. Please keep in mind that your time at Southern Dharma is an opportunity for deepening practice in a peaceful and supportive environment. If regular, unlimited internet access is something that you require, this may not be the right opportunity for you at this time.

Check-in from 4-6pm on Monday, May 10th or Monday, May 17th only. Check-out before 1pm on either Sunday.

Review our Covid-19 community agreement: Please note: We on staff are putting ourselves at an increased risk of exposure by inviting guests to our campus. We reserve the right to ask any volunteer to leave at any time if we observe that they are not upholding the agreement or otherwise endangering other members of our community. All guests are required to bring their own supply of appropriate masks and personal sanitation products. Disposable gloves and will be provided at the entrances to all facilities.

Tiered fee based on your ability to give: $475/week (base), $600/week (supporter), $350/week (subsidized). Meal plan available for additional $75/week. Need-based scholarships available, no one will be turned away or denied food for lack of funds.

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Please complete the following application form with as much detail as you are able to provide. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified applicants will be invited to confirm their registrations online.
Current address (including city and state)
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Would you like to stay for one week or two?
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If you want to come for just one week, which week(s) would you be able to come?
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What is your meditation practice background, at Southern Dharma and beyond? Please specify whether you have a daily meditation practice.
What is your experience and comfort level with self-guided practice?
Are you comfortable being outside in a variety of weather conditions including light rain?
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Are you comfortable doing outdoor landscaping work? Unfortunately we are not able to consistently offer indoor volunteer work at this time.
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Do you have any special skills or interests relating to landscaping, gardening, facilities maintenance or carpentry that we should know about?
Do you have special needs or circumstances that you would like to make us aware of?
Would you like to take advantage of the prepared meal plan?
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Do you have any dietary restrictions, food allergies, or major aversions?
Which of the following housing options would you prefer?
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