In 2018, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo began a two year commitment to be co-abbot with Ajahn Ñāṇiko, to help with the transition period after Luang Por Pasanno stepped back from being the abbot and began a one year sabbatical.
Having just finished his two year commitment, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo will be going to the Pacific Hermitage for the vassa and Ajahn Ñāṇiko will be the sole abbot for the foreseeable future.
With this transition, there has also been a decision to re-arrange the seating in the Dhamma Hall and the Monks Dining Hall, with Luang Por Pasanno, Guiding Elder, and Ajahn Ñāṇiko, Abbot, now both seated in the front and center.
Ajahn Karuṇadhammo plans to return to Abhayagiri after the vassa. However, upon his return he will be entering a period of retreat.