Santee State Park sits along Lake Marion with stunning views and hiking trails galore.
The park is home to a variety of wildlife including osprey, deer, woodpeckers, and foxes and contains a number of beautiful cypress trees.
The retreat sessions and group meals will be help in the beautiful Village Round community building.
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.
251 State Park Rd, Santee, SC 29142
Participants will be staying in the cabins at the state park. Like a standard hotel room, cabins will include fresh linens and towels, along with a small living area and kitchenette. All cabins have two bedrooms with either a queen or double bed. A Futon is also available in the living area. Each cabin will be shared with other participants, with a shared bathroom, kitchen and a living room.
Please be aware that rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis, so early registration is recommended.
The rooms are expected to sell out. Should the rooms sell out, you can still attend the retreat itself but will have to make your own accommodation arrangements.
Costs (per person):
Full Event with Accommodation:
Single Room $285
Futon Bed $185
Note: For couples sharing a single room, one registers with accommodations and the other “Entire Retreat” no accommodations.
Entire Retreat $150
Saturday only $110
Deposit & Cancellation for Accommodation:
- A 25% deposit will hold your space (the deposit is non-refundable; please contact us if you need to cancel and there’s financial hardship)
- Balance due by June 6 (non-refundable after this date unless we are able to re-sell accommodation)
251 State Park Rd, Santee, SC 29142
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.
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.
Comfortable walking clothes: We encourage you to enjoy some fresh air and the lovely trails and lake 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.