Isle of Palms Coastal Retreat is a 3-minute walk from the beach and a short drive from Charleston. December is a beautiful time for quiet walks on the beach, enjoying the waves and wildlife. The retreat sessions and group meals will be held in the Coastal Retreat Center.
Comfortable chairs and some meditation cushions will be available. If you have your own meditation cushion that you wish to bring, please feel free to do so.
Each guest room has its own bathroom with shower and independent heating and air conditioning.
Guests are welcome to provide their own linens (sheets and pillow cases) and towels or they may rent them from the Coastal Retreat Center upon arrival (linens $12 and towels $8).
Please be aware that rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis, so early registration is recommended.
Costs (per person):
Retreat, accommodation, and Saturday meals for the entire weekend:
Single Room $335
Shared Room $250
Bunk Bed $210
Retreat and Saturday meals (no accommodation):
Entire retreat $140
Saturday only $100
A non-refundable deposit of 25% will hold your space. No refunds for any cancellations within 7 days of retreat start date.
What to Bring
Breakfast: We will be providing vegetarian lunch and dinner on Saturday (meals are included in the pricing). Please bring your own breakfast foods; a refrigerator is available. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know.
Linens and Towels: Guests are welcome to provide their own linens and towels or they can rent them for an additional fee ($12 and $8 per set, respectively). Note: pillows and travel size soap are included in the rooms.
Layers of clothing: With a large group, it is almost impossible to find a temperature that everyone agrees upon! We will try to make the meditation room as comfortable as possible, but it’s still a good idea for you to come with layers of clothing so that you can adjust as you need to. This also holds true for socks as we will not be wearing shoes inside the meditation room.
Blanket: The meditation room may be a little chilly in the winter and you may wish to bring a blanket to put under your feet or over your lap.
Comfortable walking clothes: We encourage you to enjoy some fresh air and the lovely beach during your stay.
Dharma books: You may wish to refer to your favorite Dharma books during the course of the retreat.
Meditation cushion: If you have your own meditation cushion that you would like to use, we suggest you bring it with you. We will also be providing chairs and some cushions. We will not have enough cushions for every participant, however.
What NOT to Bring
Cell Phones: For the purpose of developing deeper concentration in your mind, we encourage you to take a break from cellphone use. It’s ok to bring your cell phone and check in with your family from time to time. However, we advise keeping your cell phone usage to a minimum and we specifically request that you do not bring it to retreat sessions with you. This will prevent the awkwardness of having your phone go off in the middle of a meditation session.
Music: During the retreat, it is a good idea to refrain from listening to music. For the sake of your own concentration and the sake of others’, please do not listen to music, even on headphones, while at the retreat.
Pets: Sorry, but due to pet allergies, you will need to leave your animals at home.