In 2020, Nitartha Summer Institute will return to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon! It is about one hour south of PDX, the Portland, Oregon airport and about 3.5 hours (by car or train) south of Seattle in beautiful Oregon.
Willamette University has a beautiful campus with a stream running right through it. Check out more and take a tour on their website.
Our dorms will be located at the Kaneko Commons of the campus, from there it is a short walk across a sky bridge to our shrine room and the dining hall.
Kaneko Commons was built in 2007 and offers modern private rooms with bath, doubles with a shared bath, triples with a living room and shared bath, and quads with two shared baths, living room, and kitchen. More info on Kaneko Commons here. All rooms are air conditioned and smoke-free. Nitartha’s staff will take care of all room assignments. When you submit your Nitartha Summer Institute registration form you can indicate your preference.
On the campus map you will see Kaneko Commons in the lower right corner, our shrine room will be in in the Putnam University Center, a leisurely 7-minute walk from our dorms. The dining hall is right next to our shrine room.
The campus is entirely wireless. You will receive a password and login to enjoy high speed wireless internet while on campus.
Similar to previous years, the living quarters will be almost exclusively for Nitartha attendees, which will ensure a retreat-like environment.
Salem’s downtown area is a 10-minute walk from the campus. You will find coffee shops, restaurants and all you need there. Several convenience stores are located on campus for your smaller needs.
Nitartha will make all room assignments for participants. If you have any questions or special needs related to housing, please contact our Summer Coordinator, Stephanie Basford (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that most bathrooms will be shared by 1 or 2 bedrooms.
There are several ways you can get to Salem, Oregon.
The nearest airport is Portland, OR (airport code: PDX). International students might have to change planes in Seattle, San Francisco or other locations. From Portland airport, you can take a shuttle, Uber, bus or train to Salem.
If you want to avoid changing planes in Seattle, you could fly to Seattle, enjoy a day or two in the beautiful city and then go down to Salem by train or car.
There is a direct train from Seattle to Salem, taking about four hours.
You can check prices and book your train ticket directly on the Amtrak website. One-way-tickets start at $35. Please note that some connections include transferring to a bus in Portland, so it will be easier if you book transit on the train straight through Salem without transferring to a bus.
Depending on traffic it will be a 3-4 hour drive from Seattle to Salem. See Google Maps for details.
Parking: There is a private gated parking lot at Kaneko Commons with a modest fee for weekly parking. (We will provide more information later).
We will try to help students to arrange rides from Seattle once we’re closer to the summer. Please stay tuned for more information. We will do our best to make your travels as smooth as possible!
900 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
Contact us by email or call us at (+1) 720-310-0422!
Salem, the capital of Oregon state, has a population of 150,000 but the feel of a smaller town. It is in the center of Oregon wine country. Salem`s downtown is about a 10-minute walk from the campus. You will find coffee shops, restaurants and all you need there.
Take a tour of Salem on the city’s official website.
Oregon is a very beautiful state and the Oregon coast is less than an hour away. On your day(s) off or if you have a few days before or after Nitartha, you can explore the beauty of your surroundings.
Below you will find a few suggestions on what to see.