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What to Bring




  • Loose and comfortable clothes for sitting (but please, no noisy fabrics such as nylon)

  • Easy-on-and-off shoes; i.e., sandals. No shoes allowed in the zendo.

  • Blanket or shawl to stay warm during sits, as the zendo is kept cool to promote wakefulness.

  • Rain gear

  • A comfortable jacket/sweater (depending on the weather CHECK HERE!)


Sit Gear:

  • Meditation bench or cushion (Zafu)

  • Meditation pad (Zabuton) or folded blanket

  • Any pillows required to aid with sitting in a *chair

  • Back Jack or seat with back support if you want to sit on the floor during dharma talk


Other Supplies:

  • Flashlight

  • Alarm Clock - although the Centre has a supply for those who wish to NOT use their phone

  • Yoga mat

  • Coffee/tea mug to avoid disposables

  • Water bottle (filtered water is available)

  • Notepad and pen

  • Earplugs (in case you are a light sleeper)

  • K-cups for own private use as 1-2 Keurig Coffee machines are on hand, but coffee is also provided by Mt. Carmel in the lounge.

 * Cushioned chairs are available in the zendo (meditation hall), so if using a chair you do not need to bring any sitting gear if 

      you don’t want to.   Bedding & towels are provided, and the Centre has a supply of alarm clocks if needed.

Just in Case

If it happens that you’ve forgotten a necessary item (i.e. toothpaste, earplugs, etc.) there is a small supply of ‘essentials’ available, so please see the Retreat Manager before going to a store. 

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