LOCATION & DRIVING DIRECTIONS
TARA MEDITATION CENTER AT EARTH SANCTUARY
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Tara Meditation Center at Earth Sanctuary (The Earth Sanctuary House), 2235 Newman Road, Langley, WA 98260. Note: do not send mail to this address - no mail is received here. Direct all correspondence to Sakya Monastery.
Getting to the Whidbey Island Ferry:
From Seattle, take I-5 north. From the Eastside, take I-405 north to I-5 north.
After passing the Everett city limit sign on I-5, take Exit #189, the "Whidbey Island/Mukilteo Ferry" exit, and head west on Route 526 West. After a few minutes, you will pass by the huge Boeing buildings. Shortly after that you will come to an intersection with a signal, where 526 West becomes 84th Street SW/WA-526. Turn right here and go down the hill to a stoplight and major intersection.
Turn right here onto the Mukilteo Speedway, which leads to the small town of Mukilteo where you get the ferry to the town of Clinton on Whidbey Island. As you come down the hill get into the ferry line where the signs tell you to do so or whenever you see the "end of the line" of cars. Do not "cut" into the ferry line, or you may be sent to the back of the line.
Ferries leave every half hour on the hour and half-hour. The ferry ride from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island lasts about 20 minutes. Please note that sometimes there are lines to get on the ferry - especially on weekend evenings in summer.
For visitors renting the Earth Sanctuary House or attending an event at Earth Sanctuary House:
Once on Whidbey Island, drive north on the main highway, Route 525, for approximately 7 miles. Approximately 100 yards past Useless Bay Road on your left make a right hand turn onto Newman Road. Drive about 1/4 mile to Emil Road, which will be on the right. Earth Sanctuary House is located at the Northwest corner of the intersection of Emil Road and Newman Road, at 2235 Newman Road. There are many newly planted trees and shrubs in front of and around the house. Pull into the driveway and park. If you continuing driving and see ponds on the right, you have gone too far!
If you are a day visitor, do not park at the house - please continue driving on Newman Road and park at the West parking lot (see below).
For day visitors to Earth Sanctuary:
Follow the direction above for reaching the Earth Sanctuary House, but continue driving .6 miles past the Earth Sanctuary house. You will see Earth Sanctuary's ponds on the right. As the road begins to go down a slight hill, watch for a driveway on the right (the first driveway on the right once you pass the Earth Sanctuary House). The mailbox at this driveway says "2059." Turn right into this driveway. Go up the gravel-covered road for about 50 feet and go to the right when you reach the Y in the road. The West parking lot is about 100 feel from the Y. Park here. For a map of Earth Sanctuary, click here.
From Port Townsend or Northern Whidbey Island:
Take 524 South. Just after Freeland, watch for Double Bluff Road. Make a left on Double Bluff Road. Go a short way to a “T” with Newman Road. Make a right turn, shortly pass Maple Glen access road on the left, and then in about 100 yards there will be a driveway on the left. There is a mailbox (2059) by this driveway. Day visitors should turn left into the driveway, go about 50 feet and take the gravel road off to the right until you get to the parking area. People who have rented the Earth Sanctuary house should continue on Newman road east 0.6 miles to the Earth Sanctuary house at the Northwest corner of Newman Road and Emil Road: 2235 Newman Road.
- People with serious mental disorders should not come with the expectation that retreat will cure or alleviate their metal problems.
- People with unstable interpersonal relationships and a history of various treatments should not come. It is impossible for us to care for such people with these backgrounds.
- Retreat is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment and is not recommended for people with serious psychiatric disorders.
- The Earth Sanctuary I LLC and Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism are not liable for any personal injuries, for any reason, that may be sustained during stay at Earth Sanctuary.