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- Expand your understanding of mindfulness and experience the benefits of a meditation retreat
- Explore your inner landscape and reconnect with your essential nature
- Handle challenges more gracefully, improve your mental health, and inspire those around you
- Recharge, be more at ease and gain new perspectives
And do this all from the comfort of home. No traffic, no airports, and no extra cost.
Do I qualify to attend?
Silent meditation retreats are not appropriate for those completely new to meditation. To qualify to attend you must meet one of the following criteria:
Testimonials from Meditation Retreat Participants
Dr. Dennis McLeod
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Retreat Schedule at a Glance (US ET Times)
Schedule will vary slightly by instructor. Mindful meal break between 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Morning (9:00 am - 12:15 pm)
- Sitting Meditation
- Gentle Movement
- Walking Meditation
- Mountain Meditation
Afternoon (1:15 pm - 4:30 pm)
- Compassion/Loving-kindness Meditation,
- Gentle Movement
- Open Walking Practice
- Small and Large Group Shares
Pricing: Pick What You Pay
By offering a pick what you pay pricing scale we aspire to make this valuable meditation training available to as many people as possible. Our one-day retreat prices are:
- Minimum - $25
- Recommended Price - $50
- Supporter Price - $100
Select tier and payment options during the checkout process
We stand behind our work and unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with your purchase. If you’re not 100% satisfied simply email us before the retreat starts and we will give you a full refund.
Get the benefits of going on retreat from the comfort of your home. Experience world-class MBSR instructors without the cost of travel and accommodations. You will also return energized and recharged, ready to more gracefully handle the challenges and difficulties of life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend retreats?
To attend our retreats, you must meet one of the following criteria: have completed an 8-week MBSR course, attended a meditation retreat before, or meditated regularly for three or more months. If you're completely new to meditation, we recommend signing up for the MBSR 8-Week Course.
What platform is used to host retreats?
Retreats are hosted on Zoom, and the necessary information will be sent to you before the retreat.
Do I have to travel to attend a retreat?
No, our program format allows you to experience the benefits of a retreat without the need to travel to a center. You can meditate comfortably at home.
How do I find out about upcoming retreats?
We offer 4-10 retreats monthly and are constantly listing new retreats on this website. We also announce upcoming retreats to our mailing list when registration begins. Check back on this website or sign up below to stay informed of our upcoming MBSR offerings.
Can I receive a refund if I am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend, please notify us before the start of the retreat, and we will provide you with a full refund.
What are the benefits of attending a retreat?
Retreats offer a safe space and time to cultivate and deepen your mindfulness meditation practice, free from everyday distractions. Longer meditation periods help develop concentration and discipline, relieve stress, improve your mental state, and center yourself with mindfulness. Retreats are also helpful for restarting a regular meditation practice after a break.
How long do meditation periods last?
Most sitting meditations last about 30 minutes, followed by shorter periods of mindful movement. Participants engage in various forms of mindfulness practices, including sitting, lying down, walking, and standing meditations.
Are meditations guided?
Most meditations at the beginning of the retreat are guided by a meditation instructor, but guidance decreases as the retreat progresses. Some meditation periods will be done in silence.
What if I find sitting on a cushion too difficult or painful?
Participants are encouraged to find a comfortable position that works best for them, such as sitting in a chair, lying down, or standing.
What resources should I have available for the best retreat experience?
We recommend having comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, a blanket, a meditation cushion or a straight-back chair, and a yoga mat for the best retreat experience. We also recommend preparing your meals in advance to reduce any potential distractions and having water nearby to stay hydrated.
Do I need to remain silent during the retreat, even during meals and breaks?
Yes, we ask that you remain silent as much as possible during the retreat. We understand that you're participating from home, but we encourage you to coordinate with others in your household to ensure you have the necessary time and space to practice.
How can I reach out for assistance during the retreat?
You can privately chat with an instructor on Zoom if you need assistance during the retreat. Instructors will not regularly check their phones or email during the retreat.
Can I engage in reading or writing during the retreat?
We advise against reading, journaling, or writing during the retreat to fully immerse yourself in the meditation experience and enjoy the rare opportunity of a day without external distractions.
Do I need to prepare specific meals for the retreat?
Please prioritize healthy and responsibly sourced food options for your meals throughout the day.
Can I use any technology during the retreat?
We request that you only use the computer or tablet you connect with for the retreat and refrain from using any other devices or technology for any purpose outside of the retreat for the duration of the five days. Taking a break from technology is recommended to fully engage in the retreat and connect with your instructor and fellow participants.
Is it acceptable to miss any part of the retreat?
Attendance at all formal practice sessions and adherence to scheduled times is crucial to the retreat experience for both the instructors and other participants. If an emergency arises, please inform the instructors immediately. If you know in advance that you cannot attend the entire retreat, please wait and sign up for a later date.
Should I allocate time for transitioning back to daily life after the retreat?
Yes, it is recommended that you take some time to adjust and transition back to your daily routine after the retreat. We suggest avoiding any plans immediately after the retreat to avoid feeling overwhelmed by noise and social interaction after spending time in solitude and silence.
Are the retreats secular?
Our retreats are MBSR-based and led by accredited MBSR instructors, which adhere to evidence-based meditation practices. The retreats are secular and inclusive of all beliefs.
Can I attend the meditation retreat with my partner?
You are welcome to invite others to join you at the retreat, including your partner, friend, or colleague. However, each participant must purchase a separate ticket and use their device during the retreat to avoid confusion with the instructor. Most of the retreat will involve silence and individual practice, even if attending with others.
Can I attend more than one meditation retreat?
Yes, you may attend multiple meditation retreats. Many participants use these retreats as a way to refresh their practice or recommit to mindfulness after a break. Some use the retreats to recharge after a stressful life event or prepare for future challenges.
How can I maintain my mindfulness practice after the retreat?
Continued meditation practice after the retreat is highly recommended. It will help you integrate the benefits of meditation into your daily life. Our global community of practice, Meditate Together, is one option that participants have found helpful. We offer 30-minute sessions with 20 minutes of silent meditation and 10 minutes of guided reflection. You can sign up for free here: Meditate Together. You can also consider taking our MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction program) 8-Week Course, the most trusted and scientifically researched mindfulness meditation training program. Our MBSR courses like our retreats are taught by accredited MBSR instructors, you can find more information about our upcoming MBSR 8-Week Course.