Retreat Cabins

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

 

Buddhalocana Cabin

Buddhalocana is one of the original farm buildings, converted into a two-bedroom cottage with a covered porch in the front. The cottage is on high ground overlooking Dragon Lake and there are meadows that are resplendent with wildflowers from May to September.

It has a three-quarter bathroom with a clawfoot tub, a propane stove with an oven, and a standard refrigerator. The cottage can be heated with the wood stove or electric baseboard heating. Inside the vestibule is a large walk-in woodshed. The large bedroom has a queen-size bed and there is a single bed in the main shrine room. Buddhalocana can be used as a solitary retreat cabin or as a retreat cabin for couples.


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Samayatara Cabin

Samayatara was built specifically as a retreat cabin in the mid-1980s from high-quality materials. Designed with an open floor plan for simplicity and to provide a sense of spaciousness and light. It has a three-quarter bathroom, propane stove with an oven, standard refrigerator, and a single bed. Samayatara is equipped with a wood stove and electric baseboard heating. Additionally, it is completely surrounded by the natural environment and there is an open field lined with trees out your front door.


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Mamaki Cabin

Mamaki was built specifically as a retreat cabin in the mid-1980s from high-quality materials. Designed with an open floor plan for simplicity and to provide a sense of spaciousness and light. It has a three-quarter bathroom, propane stove with an oven, standard refrigerator, and a single bed. Mamaki is equipped with a wood stove and electric baseboard heating. Additionally, it is completely surrounded by the natural environment and affords a high degree of seclusion.


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Cabins & Amenities

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.

Location and privacy – 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, are 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.

Meditation shrine – For meditators, there is a full Shambhala Buddhist shrine with pictures, practice table, and meditation cushions.  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.

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

  • Meditation supplies
    • 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 cabin)
  • Heating
    • Efficient Vermont Castings wood-burning stove
    • Split wood ready to use (2 cabins have indoor woodsheds)
    • Optional electric baseboard heating
  • Kitchen
    • Refrigerator/freezer
    • Propane gas range with oven
    • Microwave
    • Coffeemaker and toaster
    • Cooking utensils, dishes, and cutlery
  • Furniture
    • Bed-frame(s) with spring or foam mattress
    • Chairs, tables, lamps, floor rugs
  • Full recycling/composting capacity