In addition to the regular Monday evening meditation group meetings, the Bear River Meditation Group regularly offers half and full day retreats which are listed below. For more information on the regular weekly meetings and updates on the focus of Dharma discussions at those meetings, please go to the Weekly Schedule.

Meditation Instruction

Meditation instruction is available at our regular Monday evening meditation group meetings as well as at retreats. Please contact us for more information if you are new to this form of meditation practice and plan to join us.

Full and half day retreats are planned throughout the year. These retreats are led by Senior Teachers of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey as well as monks from other temples within the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The retreat dates for 2016 are listed below. More information on the focus of individual retreats will be posted as it becomes available.

All retreats and activities of the meditation group are offered free and are open to all who would like to attend. Donations, generally referred to as Dana, are gratefully accepted to support the activites of the meditation group and to help support the monastic community of Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery.


In January Reverend Vivian Gruenenfelder, a monk from Shasta Abbey, will be with us for two weeks in January. She will be offering a series of Dharma talks on The Ten Oxherding Pictures. For more information on this series go to the Weekly Schedule.

We are also looking forward to a series of Dharma talks on The Eightfold Path in July. More information will be posted on this series when it becomes available.

The dates of retreats and monastic visits are listed below. Please contact us if you have questions or wish to be included on our email list to receive information about upcoming events via email. Please let us know if you plan to join us for a retreat.

Upcoming Retreat Dates For 2016
The following dates have been set for retreats throughout 2016. More information will be posted when these dates have been confirmed with Shasta Abbey and we have contacted the monks who will lead the retreats.

Saturday, March 5th - Half or full day retreat.

Sunday, April 3rd - Half or full day retreat.

Sunday, June 26th - Half or full day retreat.

Saturday, July 30th
9 am - 3 pm
The Eightfold Path
We are hoping that this retreat will be part of a series on The Eightfold Path, introduced in the form of recorded Dharma talks over several weeks preceeding the retreat. The talks will be available at the Monday evening meditation group meetings as well as online, as was done with a similar series last year. Discussion will be invited following each talk via the blog, Sharing Our Buddhist Practice. More information will be posted here as details for this series and retreat are confirmed with Shasta Abbey.

Sunday, September 11th - Half or full day retreat.

October 27th - 30th
The meditation group is planning to go together to Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery for the Feeding the Hungry Ghosts, Segaki Retreat. For more information about the retreat and visiting Shasta Abbey, visit their website. Each person needs to make their own reservations with the Guestmaster at Shasta Abbey for this retreat. Contact us if you would like to be included in ridesharing arrangements for going to this retreat.

Sunday, December 18th - Potluck celebratory meal, 3 - 4:50 pm, followed by the Offering Ceremony beginning at 5 pm.

Additional events are planned by the meditation group throughout the year including day hikes, movie nights, pot luck meals, and offerings of public talks and classes on Buddhism. If you would like to be notified of such events, please contact us to be put on the email notification list.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings, classes and retreats take place at the Applegate Community Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA