What should I bring for an overnight visit?

You should bring:

  • a tent (if you’re going to use one)
  • a sleeping bag or bed linens
  • a pillow (if you’re going to use one)
  • a sleeping pad
  • a towel
  • a flashlight
  • an alarm clock or watch
  • shoes or boots you can garden or work in
  • comfortable, loose-fitting clothing (see also weather and monastery etiquette)
  • your own snacks if you have special dietary needs and cannot follow the 6th Precept in the evenings
    • Avoid bringing personal snacks that require refrigeration, as the Monastery usually doesn’t have extra space in the fridges.
    • Avoid bringing snacks or supplements that require cooking.

You might bring:

  • an umbrella
  • a sun hat
  • sun screen
  • a personal water bottle

You don’t need to bring:

  • meditation cushions (We have a large and varied supply, but you can bring your own if you want.)
  • electronic devices such as microwave ovens, hair dryers, and irons. The Monastery has a solar system with limited power. More efficient devices such as smart phones and laptops are okay, but you might consider leaving them behind anyway.
  • a wardrobe full of clothes as there are no washers and dryers available. There are tubs for hand-washing and clothes lines for drying.