Warm greetings, with every good blessing. I hope this note finds you well, happy and at ease.
Yesterday, my birthday, we visited a Insight meditation teacher friend living up the coast from San Francisco.
She had invited us to visit the 200 acres of incredibly beautiful mountains and forest several months ago.
The use of the land has been offered for short term or extended retreats for the women of our developing Bhikkhuni Sangha in North America, as well as for our associated samaneris (female novices), anagarikas (8 precept nuns, and postulants/aspirants-in-training), and dedicated upasika (laywomen) practitioner friends.
Of course, approval for retreat time may be on an individual basis.
The owner is thinking about the possible building of a few more monastic kutis and a sala/meeting hall/uposatha hall up in the meadow that it may transition into being a women's forest monastery. Just an idea. It has been a place of women's spiritual practice now for the past 20 years. It is her hope and vision and dedication that, if possible, it might remain so for indefinate future time. I have offered my collaboration with her in this.