Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is "Sangha"?
"The word sangha means to “bring together” into a group in both Pali and Sanskrit.
It can refer to a flock of crows or a herd of deer,
but the word sangha in the West typically includes
almost anyone with an interest in local meditation communities or affinity groups.
The word can also be extended to encompass all sentient beings,
and even all inhabitants of a unified ecosystem,
as members of a single sangha.
This inspiring vision brings with it a heightened sense of connection,
a greater appreciation of mutual interdependence,
and a shared responsibility for all beings to respect and care for one another."
For details about our twice-monthly sangha gathering
held at the Sanctuary, click here.
2. Where are you located?
We are in Nevada County, California
and we're just 2 miles from downtown,
between both Nevada City and Grass Valley;
65 miles/1 hour and 15 minutes north of Sacramento;
70 miles/1 hour and 20 minutes west of Lake Tahoe;
87 miles / 1 hour and 45 minutes south west of Reno, Nevada;
150 miles/3 hours east of San Francisco;
10,865 miles/several days north east or west of Antananarivo, Madagascar,
which is almost exactly on the opposite side of the planet.
3. What facilities are at the Sanctuary?
Ingenium has a good sized "Common House"
that includes our meditation loft,
several residential cabins,
a special building devoted to creative explorations,
and 48 beautiful acres including
garden space, a swimming pond, forest trails and a creek.
4. What is involved in the "Careteker's Work Trade"?
We have a special cabin that is set aside explicitly for a "Caretaker".
The Caretaker participates in the activities at Ingenium
and is aligned with our common values.
This role can be filled by a skilled person who would exchange
40 hours of work per month (10 hours per week) to stay in the Caretaker's Cabin.
The Caretaker contributes their share of both common and personal utilities.
Skilled Caretaker's tasks may include trail work, landscaping, weed-eating, tractor work, light construction/carpentry, painting/staining, pond work, general maintenance on all dwellings and structures, security, house cleaning, snow removal,
and other tasks as needed.
If you'd like to inquire, please send an email to the address below.
5. Are there any rental cabins available?
At the moment we are not actively seeking renters,
but there may be cabins available in the near future
for devoted Sangha members
who are committed to the values and practices
shared by members of the Sanctuary.
6. Can I bring my pets?
Pets are not permitted in the Common House or Meditation Space.
Residents and overnight guests may bring no more than two pets per household,
If you have a dog, it needs to be compatible with the current residents,
both human and of the furrier persuasion.