Community House in Planning

The next phase of development of the Chamma Ling retreat center will be the design and construction of the Community House. The purpose of the Community House is two fold: serve the support needs of small group practice retreats and serve the support needs of retreatants in “rustic” cabins.

When we provide small practice retreats for groups of 20 or less, we will need a place for all to gather for meals, as well as bath house facilities, and an office. This will provide an organizational center for people to check in, and simple sleeping quarters for the retreat coordinator.

As we build more solitary, off-the-grid cabins in the future, retreatants will need a place to wash their clothes, take a hot shower, and store foods in a fridge.  A shared kitchen and dining area will allow a little socialization, if desired.
Our current plans for the Community House call for it to support all of the following functions:

  • Kitchen and food preparation area
  • Interior dining for 20 people
  • Outside picnic tables under an awning
  • Washer and dryer in a laundry room
  • Storage space for tools and supplies
  • Showers with solar heated water
  • Toilets
  • A small office area
  • A modest living space for a retreat coordinator

We are currently working with an architect in the Boulder area, Roland Hower, to develop the design of the building. We will also be using the consulting services of Paul Shippee who is an expert in solar design of buildings. We will use solar designs to both heat the building, as well as provide hot water for the showers and kitchen.

As we develop the designs and go through the various approval processes, watch this space for updates and design sketches. We plan to begin construction in 2008, and will post photos as the building goes up.