Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California welcomes children under 18 on the land and supports parent sponsored cooperative care. Because the land can be rugged and dangerous, children must be supervised at all times and abide by all Gomde policies. We offer different childcare options depending on the size of the retreat, ranging from shared parental care to parent-hired caretakers. If you are interested in bringing your child(ren) to Gomde during a program, you MUST contact the registrar firstname.lastname@example.org, AND fill out the appropriate information one month prior to your retreat so the registrar can make appropriate preparation.
Parents and/or a designated caretaker are responsible for keeping their children safe and knowing where they are at all times. It is the parents’ responsibility to make childcare arrangements, including the hiring of additional caretakers. Gomde staff is not available to provide childcare. Per Gomde policy, one caretaker is required for every four children, and infants and children under 3 should have their own caretaker separate from those supervising older children.
Children are welcome to attend teachings. Children that join teachings sessions are expected to behave and be mindful of other practitioners. Parents should be aware of their children and step outside when they are fussy or disruptive. Parents are responsible for supervising their children in the shrine rooms and Buddha Hall as there are many precious items in cabinets and on altars. Certain restricted programs have been determined by teachers to be inappropriate for children. During restricted programs children are allowed on the land but are restricted from the Buddha hall and its vicinity.
Families are are welcome to eat in the dining tent. During some programs the dining is designated as a silent area. If silence is requested, children can eat in the dining tent in silence or they and their families can use separate picnic tables set up near the dining tent. As our kitchen and storage facilities are very limited, we are not able to offer participants the use of the main kitchen to prepare their own food or store items in our pantry and refrigerators.
It can be challenging for small children to walk several times per day between the campground and dining hall. This should be taken into consideration when making lodging plans.
Parents assume all responsibility for the child’s health (and their own) while at Gomde. Hazard forms must be signed by parents to include their children.
What to Bring?
Parents are required to provide children with adequate clothing, sunscreen, bug repellent, and other forms of protection to keep them safe. Children at the river must be supervised at all times and small children should have some form of swimming life vest or support. River shoes are also encouraged for children.
Cost for Children (food and camping)
Infants and toddler 0-3: No charge.
3-12 years of age: $8 per day.
13-18 years of age: $20 per day.
Caretaker fees –food only: $10 per day.
Caretaker fees – food and camping: $20 per day.
*Please note: caretaker fees DO NOT include access to teachings.