To register, complete this online form by 8/29. The program fee (check/money order) can be mailed to the address below OR you may bring cash, check or money order payable to Oregon State University to the first evening session. Timely cancellations are appreciated.  

Cost: $200 Community | $150 OSU Faculty/Staff | Free for Students

John Edwards/Contemplative Studies
218 Bexell Hall 
2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR  97331

As a way to keep each other healthy and safe during this indoor-outdoor program, we request all involved take an at-home, rapid Covid test within 24 hours prior the start of the retreat. Free tests are available for all at OSU's Memorial Union info desk. 

Most of the practice sessions will be held in open-air, covered spaces and outdoors; the event is designed for flexible indoor-outdoor participation as each person is comfortable.  

Masks are welcome, but not required. 

The event will be held on a large property and private residence 20 minutes SW of campus. Carpooling is encouraged as parking space is limited! Please use this spreadsheet to self-organize requesting/offering rides

The approximate retreat schedule follows.  Most events will take place in open-air, covered spaces.  One practice session each day may take place indoors. The land is expansive with places to walk, practice solitarily in the shade, or join in community practice. Participation in each portion is flexible.  


4pm Check-in Opens

5-6pm Community Meal 

6-8pm Opening the retreat: logistics, introductions, settling practice

Saturday & Sunday:

9am-10am Practice Session 1 Gentle Movement and Meditation

10:00-10:15 Self-Care, Walk

10:15-11:15am Practice Session 2 Gentle Movement and Meditation

11:15-11:30 Self-Care, Walk

11:30-12:15pm Tending the land/Serving the community: picking blackberries, sweeping, etc. 

12:15-1pm Lunch

1-2pm Special Topic/Practice

2-3pm Closing Practice or Circle 

  • Yoga mat
  • Meditation cushion/bench and yoga blanket if you have/use them. (Folding chairs will be provided, cushions are available). 
  • Water bottle
  • Your own plate, bowl, napkin, fork, spoon, knife, small kitchen towel
  • Journal and pen
  • Sunscreen, hat, clothing layers, sun glasses
  • A new library is being established at this retreat center, and you are invited/requested to contribute a book that has been meaningful to you. Used copies are preferred! :)
  • If you're not an OSU student and you didn't pay the retreat fee by mail, please bring cash or check/money order made out to Oregon State University.
  • Optional: meditation timer/non-cell clock, work gloves for outdoor work service
  • Optional: hiking poles if helpful to you

This is a 3-day, non-residential retreat beginning on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon. Participants will come for each daily session, and go home to sleep in the evenings - continuing the retreat orientation in ways that are feasible for their lives/home situations. You can read the retreat guide for more suggestions about maintaining the retreat "container" at home.