Work Retreats at CGRC

Monthly Work Retreats at Common Ground Retreat 

The monthly work retreat is an opportunity for community members to directly contribute to the retreat center by joining together to maintain the buildings, do deep cleaning tasks, and prepare meals for upcoming retreats. These monthly work retreats are designed to deepen one’s practice in the context of this wholesome generous service work. Work retreats are also a wonderful time to connect and deepen relationships with others in the Common Ground community. Please contact if you have any questions.

Timing: Third Tuesday – Thursday morning of each month. Check our Upcoming Retreats at CGRC page for specific dates and for the link to register.

Participants: 3-6 people

Schedule: Please note: all work retreatants are asked to refrain from talking and electronic communication from 8:15pm through 8am on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.


10:30 – 11:30am Work Retreatants arrive and settle in

11:30 – 12:15pm Group Sitting

12:15 – 1:15pm Social Lunch and clean up

2:00 – 4:30pm Orientation Meeting followed by mindful work period

5:00 – 5:30pm Practice Circle

5:30 – 6:30pm Evening meal 

6:30 – 8:00pm Individual slots for suana use and/or quiet time for practice and study.

8:15 – 8:45pm Group sitting, 


6:00am Wake Up Bell

6:30 – 7:15am Group sitting

7:15 – 8:00am Breakfast

8:00 – 11:00am Morning meeting followed by mindful work period

11:00 – 11:30am Clean up, rest, and independent time

11:30 – 12:15pm Group sitting

12:15 – 2:00pm Social Lunch, clean up and rest    

2:00 – 4:30pm Mindful work period

5:30 – 6:15pm Evening meal 

6:30 – 8:00pm Monthly Community Dharma Talk with Mark Nunberg 

8:15 – 8:45pm Group sitting, 


6:00am Wake Up Bell

6:30 – 7:15am Group sitting

7:15 – 8:00am Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00am Morning meeting followed by mindful work period

10:00am Work Retreat Ends – Departure time

photo of7 work retreatants looking happy

Photo from Work Retreat June 2021