The Gatehouse is the office for Gomde. Here you will find information regarding programs, services, Gomde membership, and the activities of our lineage holders. Stop in here first to register or check in for programs.
Ratna Shop is located in the Gatehouse. Practice books and commentaries of the Chokling Tersar lineage as well as books by various lamas are for sale here, as are items like thangkas, statues, and ritual implements, and Mp3s, DVDs, and CDs of teachings at Gomde.
Sangha House is a larger building where several functions occur. The bulletin board here contains information on upcoming programs and activities, ride-sharing, Yogi Jobs, and volunteer opportunities. Meals are served in the spacious screened dining tent adjoining Sangha House.
The Shrine Room, entered through the sliding doors off the Sangha House deck, accommodates daily practices, meetings and smaller retreats. The Gomde Library is in another room off the Sangha House deck. Here are Dharma-oriented magazines, books, and videos for use during retreats. The kitchen and staff residence portions of Sangha House are not generally open to the public.
The air-conditioned Buddha Hall, a five-minute walk through the woods from Sangha House, serves as the teaching center for programs.
Campground Many participants pitch a tent or park a van in the shady campground past the Dharmachakra Garden. The numbered campsites are cleared of poison oak before the start of programs each year. Campground fees are $15 a night. Bathroom facilities include Port-a-Potties, sinks and heated showers. Drinking water is available from filtered taps at the campground and Buddha Hall and in the dining tent.
Tent Cabins Scattered throughout the campground are several spacious tent cabins available for rent at $25 each double occupancy or $40 single occupancy per night. Set on wooden platforms, the cabins feature two cots, a small dresser, an electric lantern and an area rug. Bring your own bedding and personal gear, and perhaps a futon or air mattress to help pad the cot. If you’d like to reserve a tent cabin, contact the Gomde office directly. Please note tent cabins are available only May-September.
Contemplation Areas Many sites on the land are conducive to meditation and contemplation (please see site map). You will need to bring your own cushion and mat for prolonged sitting practice.
Swimming The Eel River runs through our property, its cool waters providing welcome relief on hot summer afternoons. You can access it by following marked walking trails (or the road) downhill from the Buddha Hall. It’s about a 20-minute walk to the river from the campground. As private cars are not allowed to be driven during retreats, please either enjoy the leisurely walk down, or take one of the river shuttles that may be running.
Areas to explore include Cedar Creek, a five-minute walk down the path to the left below Lama House. This is the coolest and shadiest swimming hole, with a refreshing miniature waterfall. The trail to the other swimming areas branches off from the end of the loop road past River House and heads downhill to cross the river at a shallow rocky ford. A few minutes’ walk downstream is the lovely Redwood Beach, a sandy cove facing a placid pool backed by sun-warmed cliffs. If you’re lucky, you might see a sleek river otter at work here. Jade Lagoon is just a few minutes’ walk further downriver, a deep pool of green water rimmed by a rocky beach.