Visiting Dhammadharini at the Monastery and Hermitage

Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage are monastic facilities where we live and practice in community. We welcome visitors up to the capacity of our visitor lodgings.

Visitors will be participating within the general monastic flow of the bhikkhunis' sangha with the monastics, trainees and other visitors.  Visitors are expected to participate in the schedule of duties and practice programs of the monastery or hermitage. Some variations on support tasks and program attendance are possible through discussion with a senior monastic.

Friends and supporters have blessed our monastic community with beautiful facilities for practice as well as the requisite of food.  This leaves a few simple duties shared among residents and residential visitors: preparing food, keeping the spaces clean and maintained, transportation and minor purchases.

Please fill out an application to apply for a residential visit of up to two weeks for your first visit, or for a longer stay for those who have been with us before.

Day visitors are welcome at the Monastery for Dhamma programs, meal offering, evening Puja and meditation.  The monastery is conveniently accessible by car or public transportation (map).

Daily Schedule at the Dhammadharini Monastery

Wake up until 6:00 am

Silent meditation on your own

Meditation Hall and personal rooms

6:00 am

Morning Puja

Devotional and Sutta Chanting

Meditation Hall

6:30 am

Silent Mindful Work Period for sweeping, tidying and preparing breakfast

Throughout the monastery

Silent Period until after breakfast

7:00 am

Optional breakfast

(After breakfast: may start quiet mindful talk)

Community Hall

8:00 am

Morning Meeting for brief Dhamma reflection, work assignments, logistics.

Community Hall

9:00 am

Morning work period

Throughout the monastery

11:00 am

Main Meal Offering; sometimes followed by Dhamma reflection.  Post-meal cleanup

Meditation Hall

1:00 - 7:00 pm

Flexible Time for personal care, Dhamma study and practice, and meetings. OK to continue practical work if one is able to balance practical work and Dhamma activities.

Throughout the monastery

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Evening Tea & quiet informal conversation; wind up community meetings or projects to prepare for evening program.

Community Hall

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Evening Puja Devotional and Sutta chanting and communal meditation

Meditation Hall

8:30 until sleep

Silent Time for personal practice

Meditation Hall and personal rooms

We are not very rigid about the pattern of the day, but gradually aiming to become more and more consistent with it. Even during the busy periods, we aim for a calm and quiet atmosphere.

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Weekly Events


9:30 - 1:00 Community mediation programs & meal dana.

1:00 - 2:30 Sutta Study


Quiet day: No formal programs including pujas. One monastic is available to greet visitors and accept meal dana. For all others, a day of personal practice.


7:30 - 11:00 am Alms Round in Petaluma.  One monastic stays back to greet visitors and accept meal dana.  Lay residents may stay back.

7:00 - 8:30 Community meditation and Dhamma talk




8:15-12:30 Alms Round in Sebastopol 2nd & 4th Friday. During Daylight Savings time, alms round at other venues sometimes on 1st & 3rd Friday. One monastic stays back to greet visitors and accept meal dana.  Lay residents may stay back.


We do not forbid use of internet, rather using it for some collaborations and for sutta study.  However non-dhamma use of internet should be minimal.