Retreat Checklist


  • Opt for modest, loose, and comfortable clothing in dark or muted colors suitable for meditation.
  • Elastic-waist pants are recommended for comfort during long meditation sessions.
  • Consider layering clothing, as temperatures may vary throughout the day. Temperatures range from 17°F to 41°F during the winter, and participants should be prepared for outdoor walks multiple times a day. All indoor areas are heated to about 68°F.
  • Bring warm winter attire, including a coat, hat, socks, and gloves.
  • Choose suitable shoes for walking on woods trails during outdoor walking meditation.
  • Bring shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as all buildings are shoes-off.
  • Consider bringing slippers like clogs or flip flops for use in the dorm.



  • Avoid form-fitting yoga pants unless modestly covered with a long tunic.
  • Refrain from wearing clothing with eye-catching graphics.
  • Avoid brightly colored clothing.
  • Do not wear tank tops or shorts.
  • Avoid clothing that makes a lot of noise, such as nylon ski-pants.



  • Bring personal hygiene items, including bath towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, unscented personal hygiene articles, shampoo, and a shaving kit.
  • Essential bedding materials include a pillowcase, twin-size bottom sheet (even if using a sleeping bag), sleeping bag, and/or top sheet with warm blankets. For guests traveling with weight restrictions, we have a limited supply of bedding that we can rent to you for a fee of $15.
  • Bring any prescribed medications for the entire event.
  • Consider bringing allergy medications if you are prone to seasonal allergies.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • While the center provides a large base mat and meditation cushions or benches, you can bring your cushion, blanket, or meditation shawl for personal comfort.
  • No washing machines or dryers are available, so participants should bring sufficient clothing.



  • Do not bringing outside food, beverages, alcohol, tobacco (in any form), or illegal drugs.
  • Do not bring reading materials, diaries, tablets, laptops, voice recorders, musical instruments, etc.
  • Do not bring an alarm clock.
  • Do not bring pets or animals.
  • Refrain from bringing strongly scented toiletries, perfumes, aftershaves, powders, or products with a strong smell.
  • Avoid bringing jewelry or unnecessary valuables.



  • For the safety of all participants, you are required to conduct a COVID antigen test at home before your arrival. If the result is negative, no reporting is necessary. However, in case of a positive result, please inform us.
  • If you attend a retreat lasting more than three days, bring an additional COVID antigen testing kit. Conduct the second test on the third day of the retreat.
  • Individuals with cold symptoms like coughing or sneezing should wear a mask in public spaces. Otherwise, masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Masks are mandatory during mealtime in the dining hall.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before taking the food.



  • You can check in at the reception hall before or after unloading luggage at your dorm between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
  • Plan to arrive on time, considering possible rush hour traffic on the freeway. In case of unavoidable late arrival, notify DDRC at 845-744-8114 as soon as possible. First-time retreatants are encouraged to arrive earlier to allow sufficient time for orientation.
  • A DDRC staff or retreat volunteer will assist you with the check-in procedure.
  • Inform us of your arrival and settle any outstanding balances at the reception desk.
  • Kindly deposit your cell phones. To enhance the retreat experience and minimize disruptions, the use of cell phones is prohibited. All retreatants are required to deposit your cell phones upon check-in, we can securely hold your cell phone until the end of the retreat. For emergencies, your family can contact you through our center’s number, +1-845-744-8114.



  • A light supper will be served from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • A preparation bell at 7:15 pm will remind participants to proceed to the Chan Hall.
  • The opening talk and orientation by the teacher will begin at 7:30 pm.
  • Orientation includes a brief introduction and assignment of work practices for the retreat.
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