Plan a Visit

You are warmly invited to visit Magnolia Grove to practice with the community for a Day of Mindfulness or a retreat, offered many weeks throughout the year. You don’t need to have any meditation experience to visit us.  Please see our Calendar of Events, and registration page, before you come to find the most accurate listing of when we are open for guests. Please plan for arrival on a Friday for Personal Retreats; for Themed Retreats, the arrival day will be the first day of the retreat.


Overnight Retreats
We offer a number of personal and special retreats throughout the year. Please visit our Register for a Retreat page for information on overnight retreat opportunities, including a description of Personal Reterat and pricing information. You can apply to register for an available retreat by completing an online registration form. We receive overnight guests only on dates that we are open to receiving guests.

While You Are Here
During your time here, you are invited to practice sitting and walking meditation, to enjoy mindful eating with the community, to listen to Dharma talks (teachings) by our teachers, to visit our gardens, and to walk on the monastery’s grounds with your peaceful steps.

Day of Mindfulness sample schedule:

8:30 AM – Walking meditation
9:45 AM – Dharma talk
11:30 AM – Recitation ceremony or circle sharing
12:45 PM – Lunch with Five Contemplations
1:30 PM – Bookshop opens
3:00 PM – Day of Mindfulness concludes

Personal retreat sample schedule:

5:00 AM – Wake up bell
5:30 AM – Sitting meditation
6:45 AM – Exercise time / Walking meditation
7:30 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Working meditation / Dharma talk
11:00 AM – Walking meditation / Personal Practice Time
12:00 PM – Lunch with Five Contemplations
1:30 PM – Mindful rest period
3:00 PM – Working meditation / Dharma talk
5:00 PM – Sitting and chanting meditation
6:00 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Circle sharing or Personal study time
9:30 PM – Noble silence
10:30 PM – Lights out and bedtime


Because of our communal practice, guests cannot bring pets to our practice center.

What to Bring – Overnight Guests

If you are planning to stay overnight, you are encouraged to bring items necessary for your comfort such as the following:

  • N95 / KN95 masks (no longer required – optional)
  • At home Covid test (no longer required – optional)

We do kindly ask that if you’re experiencing any symptoms related to illness to please stay at home and take care of yourself; this will also help to prevent exposing others to illness while on retreat. 

  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock
  • Towel
  • Insect repellents
  • Personal items
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Umbrella
  • Good walking or hiking shoes
  • Warm clothing and footwear, particularly in winter months
  • Sun hat in summer and warm hat in winter
  • Cloth napkin for meals
  • Bedding and/or sleeping bag (We provide a bottom fitted sheet, a pillow case and a pillow. We have blankets/sleeping bags for rent at $10.00 suggested donation.)

“The foundation of a good community is a daily life that is joyful and happy.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

A friend is listening to the sister chanting at the Big Bell.