The Cabins

All cabins offer a choice of heating methods:  efficient modern wood stoves, electric baseboard heaters, or a combination of the two; flash heaters keep up a constant supply of hot water.  Each cabin has its own well and septic field, and reliable electricity supply from the provincial grid.  Buddhalocana has a bathtub, and Samayatara and Mamaki have walk-in showers.  All cabins are equipped with a four-burner propane stove and oven, coffee-maker, microwave, toaster, teapots, all types of basic cookware, and plenty of kitchen knives, dishes, and cutlery.

All cabins are furnished with bed-frames and foam or futon mattresses, dining tables, chairs, smaller tables, lamps, floor rugs, storage shelves/cabinets, and cupboards and dressers for clothing.  There are entry vestibules for shoes, boots and outdoor wear.

Buddhalocana is located near the main house and barn, but faces the lake and is regularly used for solitary retreat.  Samayatara and Mamaki, although only a short walk from the main buildings, is hidden among the trees, out of sight of human activity (although we can’t guarantee that you won’t see the deer family grazing outside your windows!).   As the two most secluded cabins, they are ideal for a solitary retreat for any length of time.  You can drive to all cabins for loading and unloading and can park your car at your cabin for the duration of your stay.

For meditators, there is a full Shambhala Buddhist shrine with pictures, practice table, and meditation cushions.  There are also daily practice and feast implements and shrine objects available for those practicing the Werma, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, and Vajrakilaya sadhanas.  If you are doing an advanced Buddhist practice or a practice from another tradition, before packing all your practice implements you might want to discuss your specific material needs with Milk Lake’s directors to see what is already available for your use here.

There are three cabins available to rent:  Samayatara, Mamaki, and Buddhalocana

The three, wood-built, well-lit cabins are all (unless otherwise noted) equipped with:

  • Meditation shrine with implements and pictures (Shambhala and traditional Buddhist)
  • Meditation cushions and practice table
  • Electricity
  • Running hot and cold natural well water
  • Indoor bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower (2 cabins) or bathtub (Buddhalocana)
  • Efficient Vermont Castings wood-burning stove
  • Split wood ready to use (2 cabins have indoor woodsheds)
  • Optional electric baseboard heating
  • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Propane gas range with oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffeemaker and toaster
  • Cooking utensils, dishes, and cutlery
  • Bed-frame(s) with spring or foam mattress
  • Chairs, tables, lamps, floor rugs
  • Full recycling/composting capacity