Shasta Abbey was founded in 1970 by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett as a training place for Buddhist monastics and a place of practice for lay people. We offer the Dharma to all who wish to come.
Opportunities for first time visitors include: coming for a tour of the beautiful Abbey grounds, attending a Sunday festival ceremony, receiving meditation instruction, or participating in an Introductory Retreat. More information is available on each of these on the First Visit page.
We also offer a range of residential retreats, during which you can stay and train at the Abbey for a longer period of time. We ask that you come to an Introductory Retreat before attending a Refuge, Celebratory, Meditation, Week Long retreat or come for an extended stay. Please visit the Retreats page for more information on the different types of retreats offered, and information on extending your stay and residential lay training at the monastery. Go to the 2017 Retreats pages for see specific dates and retreats being offered this year. The Guest Information page includes details on our location and how to get to the Abbey, what to bring, accessibility, completing an application, costs and other topics. For additional information, you may find it helpful to read through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ.)