‘Dana’ is a Sanskrit and Pali term meaning “generosity” or “giving.” In Buddhism, it also refers to the practice of cultivating generosity. Here at Sacred Groves we work with the concept of “Dana,” trusting in the generosity of our guests rather than requiring set fees. For most events, we establish a ‘suggested donation,’ put out a donation basket and receive what is offered.
We give generously of our time, services, homes and land–that is our Dana practice. We offer you the opportunity to give generously back to us according to your personal ability to pay.
Some people show their generosity by offering more than the suggested donation–that is always welcome! Many offer less than the suggested donation, showing their generosity in a more modest way. We are always grateful for whatever people can offer in terms of cash since we have bills to pay too.
If you cannot offer much money, we welcome your help with dish washing, housecleaning, set up and clean up. Food and firewood contributions are also welcome. Several hours of “work exchange” on the land here (from those who have skills and/or physical strength) are welcome in exchange for our two-day retreats. Contact us if interested.
The Dana of our guests and those who love us from afar keeps the Groves afloat so we can share the gifts of this land with you. This back’n'forth giving and receiving enriches us all.
If you would like to offer dana to the Groves using PayPal or your credit card, click on the “donate” button below. Thank you!