Terms & Conditions

(Updated Dec 1, 2021)

Zen Community Oregon Covid Policy, Terms and Conditions


Great Vow is open for in-person retreats with testing and vaccination (see below). You can also join us online.

For the time being:
• Heart of Wisdom in-person meditation is open on Sundays and Tuesdays, and limited to 22 people. 
Sunday mornings fill up so to secure spot, please RSVP here.

To attend in-person at Heart of Wisdom, please bring your mask and proof of being fully vaccinated.

• Great Vow Sunday Public Program at 10am is now open to in-person attendance. Bring a mask and proof of being fully vaccinated.

How do I practice with the community?

Heart of Wisdom meditation on Sunday morning and evening, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings are still online only. All can be found on the calendar page.

The Great Vow Sunday morning program is open to in-person attendance. Please bring proof of vaccination. You can also join via Zoom or YouTube. Details here.

What about retreats?

Great Vow retreats are open to in-person attendance.

Proof of vaccination is required for attendance at sesshin or other retreats, and for monastery residency.

A negative Covid (see taken within 3 days of attendance is required. Keep reading for acceptable tests.

Please bring your vaccination card to attend a ZCO event in person.


(August 4)

Testing now required for retreat attendance at Great Vow (see below)

Great Vow Zen Monastery is a residential spiritual community whose purpose is to provide Dharma practice in the form of meditation retreats and weekly events open to the general public. Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple provides daily meditation as well as day-long retreats.

 We are following the guidelines for the state of Oregon.

Proof of vaccination is required for attendance at sesshin or other retreats.

Proof of vaccination is required for monastery residency.

Please bring your vaccination card to attend a ZCO event in person.

Heart of Wisdom: masks are required for all indoor events.

Great Vow Zen Monastery: mask are requirements for Sunday morning program. For retreats, a negative Covid test is required within 3 days of your arrival (please keep reading).

     (August 4 – NEW) In response to the sudden rise of the Delta variant we require that all retreat guests take a COVID test prior to coming to the monastery (in addition to being fully vaccinated). Specifically we are asking for a molecular test (NAAT, PCR, etc.), not an antigen test. The molecular tests are significantly more accurate than the antigen tests. The rapid molecular test “ID NOW” is less accurate than the lab tests, but is acceptable.

      It may take a day or two to receive your results so we recommend you schedule your test for within 2-3 days before your arrival.

Testing Locations
        You can be tested for free at: CVS (Click Here)
 or at 
Walgreens (Click Here)
Other locations with various costs can be found through the Oregon Health Authority or Washington State Department of Health,

         For our part we have asked all residents to limit public excursions to short trips to the grocery store and to wear a mask when doing so (all residents are also fully vaccinated).
The shared dorms and general communal nature of the monastery makes it infeasible to wear masks together while on retreat. We are taking these steps not only for the benefit of the residents of the monastery but also for the health of our community(s) as a whole.
To that end, if you live with someone who is unvaccinated or if you are concerned at all about attending and choose to cancel we will provide you with a full refund.
Thank you,

Great Vow Zen Monastery

From the State of Oregon:

“All businesses, employers and faith institutions are required to:
 •    Continue to apply and enforce the mask, face covering and face shield guidance, and physical distancing requirements in state COVID-19 guidance to all individuals unless a business,  employer or faith institution:        
• Has a policy for checking for proof of vaccination status of individuals; and 

• Requests proof of vaccination status from each individual; and

• Reviews   each individual’s proof of vaccination prior to entry or admission. 

A business,  employer or faith institution that has a policy for requesting and checking for proof of vaccination and requests and reviews proof of vaccination may permit fully vaccinated individuals with proof of vaccination to go without a mask, face covering or face shield, and does not need to enforce physical distancing requirements for such individuals.”


• Meals will be provided buffet style or oryoki depending on the retreat.


• Lodging is dormitory style.


We are continuing to offer our programming via Zoom and YouTube. We believe that it is a bodhisattva activity to provide retreats online and your sitting in the zendo supports the practice of people who cannot participate in person due to disability, age, distance, or life circumstance. By coming to an event you are agreeing to be in a room with a camera to allow for people to participate remotely so your image may be seen in the group. Talks by the teachers are recorded.


ZCO/Great Vow/Heart of Wisdom reserves the right to cancel reservations for events due to the pandemic in the case of changing CDC, federal, state, and local guidelines, or the health of the residential community and our teachers. In this case participants will receive a full refund.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, persistent cough, or “feel like you are coming down with something,” please do not come. You will also receive a full refund.


Cancellations less than 48 hours in advance will receive a refund or credit for a future retreat, less $50.

(June 9, 2021)