Kevala Retreat

a contemplative retreat for inner work

Norwalk, WI   |  www.kevalaretreat.org

Mission

The primary purpose of Kevala Retreat is to develop and maintain a Buddhist contemplative retreat facility, in order to support the study and practice of Buddha-Dhamma within the Buddhist community and among other interested people of good will. Kevala Retreat provides facilities and support for individuals and small groups to pursue contemplative retreat and study, in a peaceful setting, for the purpose of deepening wisdom and cultivating peace. Exclusive adherence to Buddha-Dhamma is not a requirement for involvement with and use of the facilities at Kevala Retreat. We welcome anyone sincerely pursuing a contemplative path rooted in wisdom.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Santikaro Robert Larson

Director

Jo Marie Thompson

Main address

PO Box 205

Norwalk, WI 54648 USA

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Formerly known as

Liberation Park

EIN

43-1920530

NTEE code info

Buddhist (X50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We believe the suffering, violence and destruction evident in the world have their deepest roots in greed, hatred, and ignorance. We believe the birthright and responsibility of all people is the cultivation of wisdom to eradicate these roots and awaken their counterparts of generosity, compassion and clear seeing.

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Contemplative Retreat

Kevala Retreat provides facilities and support for individuals and small groups to pursue contemplative retreat and study, in a peaceful setting, for the purpose of deepening wisdom and cultivating peace.

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Where we work

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We believe that peaceful retreat settings, dedicated to contemplative disciplines and the cultivation of wisdom are vital to humanity. Kevala Retreat aims to be such a setting.

Kevala Retreat provides facilities and support, on a donation basis, for individuals and small groups to pursue contemplative retreat and study, in a natural, tranquil setting, for the purpose of deepening wisdom and cultivating peace. Kevala Retreat is grounded in Buddhist practice and the early teachings, particularly as taught by Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu of the Thai forest tradition, but the retreat facilities are available for contemplative retreat to people of all religious traditions.

Kevala Retreat maintains guest spaces for up to five people to pursue short or long term solitary retreat. The facilities include hermitages and a guest house with kitchen, showers, library and gathering space. We are located on 70 acres in a beautiful valley of Southwest Wisconsin. Founding teacher Santikaro is available for guidance and on-site classes when he is not traveling to teach. Spiritual direction, equine assisted contemplative practices, and reiki or cranial sacral treatments are also available on site to support contemplative practitioners in their retreat. Study groups related to other wisdom traditions also take place at Kevala Retreat including but not limited to Enneagram and Jungian depth psychology.

Facilities have been created over the past decade to support up to five practitioners at a time in sustained contemplative practice. Work has been made possible by generous donations of supporters and much volunteer labor. Facilities placed on the land include all infrastructure such as utilities, roads & outbuildings, 2 four season hermitages, two guest rooms in the main building, and a tent/camping site, as well as kitchen, showers, library, and indoor and outdoor gathering spaces. A caretaker's cabin is also in place. In 2018 a solar array was added with the capacity to produce up to 90% of our energy on site. If funding and guest use allow, future plans include up to three additional hermitages, and a dedicated group meditation hall.

Financials

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Kevala Retreat

Board of directors
as of 7/18/2020
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Board chair

Robert Larson

Rodney Sanchez

Joseph Orso

Bethany Sanchez

Jo Marie Thompson