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The Practice Community at Southern Dharma

The Practice Community at Southern Dharma is a non-sectarian, intentional sangha or practice community where individuals with a long-standing spiritual practice can live, retreat, study, and meditate with the support of others. Members of the community commit to gather at least four times each year, sitting twice daily when in residence together.

The Practice Community is located adjacent to Southern Dharma Retreat Center and reflects Southern Dharma's founding purpose in that Practice Community members share Southern Dharma's respect for all spiritual traditions and desire to live in harmony with others and with nature. The Practice Community is owned and governed by its members who work with the Board of Directors of Southern Dharma to establish guidelines for co-existence and mutual support, with a goal to support and strengthen Southern Dharma as a non-sectarian center practicing tolerance and respect for all spiritual traditions.

Southern Dharma Retreat CenterThe Practice Community currently consists of eight "holdings" that are divided into three clusters along the Dharma Path road on which the holdings are located. The word "holding" is the term used to describe the property that members of the Practice Community personally own. Each holding consists of a cabin with its surrounding land and an equal share in a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The LLC in turn owns a 72.5 acre tract of land adjacent to Southern Dharma as well as a community building used for meditation, meetings, shared meals, and laundry. One holding is currently available for purchase, and additional holdings may be available in the future. Members of the Practice Community desire to live simply and quietly in community either part time or full time. If you are interested in learning more about the Practice Community—or if you would like to explore the possibilities of a cabin rental for your own private retreat—please contact community member Peggy DeBell by phone at 828-275-4141 or by email at debellp@aol.com.