Choosing a Date
The number of participants enrolling in the retreats varies over the year. In the main season (December to April) the retreat may get quite crowded, while from June to November it is very peaceful and calm. If you can choose the time to come, you may want to pick
the latter period.
The diagram shows how the number of participants varies through the year.
Female (46%) and male (54%) participants have a fairly even share.
For most of the participants, a retreat at the International Dharma Hermitage is their first contact with meditation. However there is a more or less constant percentage (about 9%) of "old friends" (participants who have done at least three retreats at the International Dharma Hermitage) supporting the newcomers.