Visting Birken: COVID Update
Posted: January 23, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Birken Monastery remains closed to all day and overnight visitors for the foreseeable future. This closure will extend beyond our winter retreat. When Ajahn Sona deems it safe to re-open the monastery the information will be posted here, announced in our e-newsletter (subscribe below) and displayed prominently on our website main page.
Frequently asked questions
I see this page was updated in January. When will a further update will be available?
This is uncertain. We can’t begin to think about timelines for opening to the public until the entire resident community has been vaccinated. Even then it will take time beyond that. This page will be updated as soon as we have new information.
I have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Can I visit?
No, not until Ajahn Sona has re-opened the monastery to visitors.
May I drop off meal Dana to the monastery?
Not at this time. Any changes will be announced on the website. Anumodana for your kind intention.
May I drop off material Dana to the steward in Kamloops?
Not at this time. We only go to Kamloops once a week and meeting people in town complicates matters for the steward. However, Dana may be sent to us via our post box. Please see our Dana offerings / support page for more information. Anumodana for your kind intention.
Will there be any scheduled on-site retreats in 2021?
Likely not. When we re-open to guests it will be on an individual basis for personal retreats.
Will there be any virtual retreats in 2021?
Likely yes. Scheduled virtual retreats will be announced on the main web page and go out in our e-newsletter. Visit Ajahn Sona’s YouTube Channel for more virtual Dhamma.