‘Dāna’ 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 Dāna, requesting generosity of our guests rather than requiring set fees for our ceremonies and circles. For short events, we establish a ‘suggested donation,’ put out a donation basket and receive what is offered. Some people show their generosity by offering more than the suggested donation–that is always welcome! For full-day events and week-end retreats, we do request a particular fee. However, we are generally willing to negotiate if the requested fee would be a hardship. For the most part, we welcome anyone who feels strongly called to the work we provide regardless of ability to pay.
We give generously of our time and gifts, sharing our beautiful home and land–that is our Dāna practice. We offer our guests the opportunity to give back generously according to their personal ability to pay. We are ever so grateful for money offered; sharing this place is our livelihood, and we rely on the Dāna of our guests to keep our boat afloat. We welcome help with dish washing, housecleaning, set up, clean up, food and firewood contributions. We also consider work exchange offers for body work, gardening, property maintenance work, and other services we might benefit from.
The Dāna of our guests and from those who love us from afar keeps the Groves’ boat afloat. In turn, we share the gifts of this land and our sweet structures with many. This back’n’forth giving and receiving enriches us all. If you would like to make a contribution to support us, we will gladly receive it. Click on the button below to show us your generosity–we will be most grateful! THANK YOU!