Visit Us



Dhammadharini is currently welcoming both day visitors and overnight
visitors who can stay for two weeks or more (following a brief safety quarantine), with some restrictions to protect everyone’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are
not  currently accepting shorter-term overnight visits. 

Welcome to come offer a meal or other requisites (though please be aware that you won’t be able to use the kitchen here, so any meal should be ready to eat without further cooking or heating). Or let us know if you’d like to arrange some outdoor conversation with our community members. For now, all our Dhamma teaching programs are offered online only. See more details here on how to join us online.

Overnight Visitors

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all incoming overnight visitors at both Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage must be fully vaccinated and must be tested for COVID and quarantine prior to joining the daily life of our community.  Because our capacity to support people on quarantine is limited, right now we are only accepting visitors who are able to quarantine locally outside our community before traveling to us, or who may be able to stay two weeks or more after their on-site quarantine with us is complete. Please inquire for more details.

Day Visits

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are welcoming only brief outdoor day visits at both Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage. All day visitors are asked to wear face masks, maintain social distance, and remain outside the buildings at both facilities.


If you are interested in an overnight visit of two weeks or less, welcome to click the button below, and we will notify you when we are ready  to reopen to shorter term visits.


Winter Retreat Monastic Life Immersion
January-March 2022

"Sit and Serve" monastic life immersion and stewardship includes opportunities for service, meditation, traditional chanting, Dhamma study and undertaking precepts while immersed in monastic community. 

Applications Now Open for "Sit and Serve" opportunities for the 2022 Winter Retreat with Dhammadharini Bhikkhunī Sangha at Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove and Aranya Bodhi forest hermitage, Northern California. "Sit and Serve" monastic life immersion and stewardship includes opportunities for service, meditation, traditional chanting, Dhamma study and undertaking precepts while immersed in a Bhikkhuni community. People of all genders are most welcome to apply.

Winter Retreat: January-March 2022

Winter Retreat is a time of greater quiet, as all external community activities are set aside and we turn our focus inwards through deeper formal practice. There is a shared theme of practice and teachings for the community during this time, in addition to a rotation of secluded individual retreat times for all community members, including those in our "sit and serve" monastic life immersion program who are able to offer service for the full three months. 

Applying for Winter Retreat "Sit and Serve" opportunities with Dhammadharini Sangha

First priority will be given to applicants known to our Theravāda Buddhist monastic community who are able to join for the full three months of the retreat. 


The minimum commitment for this "sit and serve" winter retreat monastic life immersion program is one month.


For those applicants not yet well known to our Dhammadharini monastic community or to a closely related monastic community internationally, limited spaces are available for resident visits of 2-4 weeks to our monastery and/or hermitage in November and December to determine if this opportunity is right for you. 

Dhammadharini is a COVID-safe community. All resident visitors will be required to have a negative COVID test before arrival and to quarantine and have a negative COVID test before monastic community immersion, and maintain our community COVID protocols while here.