This is no commentary on this center, which I have never been too. Given the huge expenses of running a retreat center in the popular parts of the U.S., centers really need to operate successful businesses to fund operating expenses and staff, in order not rely on making a profit on Dharma programs. That's not easy, though!
The other alternative is to build centers in the cheapest places in the country--way down in Texas near the border, where they eat liberals for lunch, and those young folks who want to camp will have scorpions and rattlers to deal with:
"The town with the nation's lowest cost of living is Harlingen, Texas, located in the state's southernmost tip and with a population of 74,950. The after-tax cost to maintain a standard of living enjoyed by the average company manager or other professional is roughly 17 percent lower than the national average. A pound of ground beef in Harlingen costs $2.35, compared with $3.30 nationally as of January, while a night out at the movies will run you $9. The average price of a home is $229,558." CBS News
"Brownsville, TX--This metro area, which includes Harlingen and San Benito, is at the southwestern tip of the Lone Star State, hard against the Mexican border. The Gulf of Mexico and the popular beaches of South Padre Island are just a stone’s throw away. Rents in Brownsville average $659, that's 4.2 times less than New York, the most expensive city in our annual rankings, where rents average $2,778. Utilities can be pricey, but costs for groceries and other consumer goods are exceptionally low. An affordable South Texas alternative to Brownsville is the McAllen metro area, just an hour’s drive away along the Rio Grande."-- Kiplinger
Yeah, but did they count the cost of air conditioning?