Registration has Re-opened for Winter Retreat!

If you haven't already registered for a visit to Birken this Winter, here is your opportunity.

During this time, Birken will accept a limited number of bookings from experienced lay meditators who have visited Birken for extended stays in the recent past and who are willing to lend a helping hand towards the daily running of the monastery. All guests will be assigned light chores for the duration of their stay. Priority will be given to those who have attended previous Winter Retreats at Birken or who have been visiting Birken regularly over the last two years.

All arrivals and departures, whether you are driving, flying or taking the bus, MUST be on Wednesdays without exception. The minimum stay is one week; the maximum stay is two weeks. Longer stays may be possible with special permission from the Abbot. 

All Winter Retreat guests will be assigned to private rooms in the main guest house as kutis (cabins) will NOT be available during this time.

There are a limited number of rooms still available during the following weeks (subject to change):

  • February 7-14: 1 room available
  • February 14-21: 3 rooms available
  • February 21-28: 5 rooms available
  • March 7-14: 1 room available
  • March 14-21: 1 room available


If you would like to join us for Winter Retreat, please fill out the Winter Retreat Registration Form at least two weeks in advance of your requested visit. Visit our Book a Visit page for more details and to register.

We look forward to welcoming you to Birken. May you be well, happy and peaceful.