Silent Meditation Retreats
Take a break from all the noise to refresh and recharge with our online silent meditation retreats.
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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
Dr. Marnie Aylesworth
Retreat Schedule at a Glance (US ET Times)
Between the morning and afternoon sessions we will take a12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Meal Break
Morning (9 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
Meditation Retreat 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:
- Pick What You Pay - $25 Minimum
- 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
Are retreats open to beginners?
Our retreats are not appropriate for people completely new to meditation. To qualify to attend you must meet one of the following criteria:
If you want to learn how to meditate we suggest signing up for the MBSR 8-Week Course.
What platform will retreats be hosted on?
Retreats will be hosted on Zoom. Zoom information will be sent to you prior to the retreat.
The format of our programs allow you to receive all the benefits of retreats without the need to travel to a center. You will get the benefits of meditation from the comfort of your own home.
When will the next retreat be?
We will announce the next retreat to our mailing list when registration begins. Sign up for our mailing list below to be notified about our upcoming MBSR offerings. We offer several meditation retreats throughout the year.
Can I get a refund if I can't attend?
We put a great deal of effort into packing incredible value into this program and our retreats. If you’re not able to attend email us before the retreat starts and we will give you a full refund.
What are the best benefits of a retreat?
Retreats offer safe space and time to cultivate and deepen a mindfulness meditation practice away from everyday distractions. Longer meditation periods also allow participants to develop their concentration and discipline. The meditation retreats can help relieve stress, improve your mental state, and center yourself with mindfulness. A retreat can be very helpful for restarting a regular meditation practice after a hiatus.
How long are meditation periods?
Most sitting meditations last about 30 minutes, followed by shorter periods of mindful movement. Participants will engage in many forms of mindful exercise, including sitting meditations, lying down meditations, mindful walking, mindful moving, and standing meditations.
Are most meditations guided?
At the beginning of the retreat, most meditations will be guided by a meditation instructor. Guidance will lessen throughout the retreat. Some meditation periods will be done in silence.
What if sitting on a meditation cushion is too difficult or painful for me?
Participants are encouraged to practice meditation in a position that works best for them, whether sitting in a chair, lying down on the floor, or standing. If you would like to discuss meditation accommodations, please contact us in advance of the retreat.
What should I have available to have the best experience during my retreat?
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing
- Meditation cushion or a straight-back chair
- Yoga mat
These resources will help you get the most from our meditation programs.
Do I have to be silent the whole time, even during meals and breaks?
Yes. We do understand that you are doing the retreat from home and may occasionally have to break your silence. However, it is best to remain silent when you can. We ask that you coordinate with others in your household in advance to ensure you have the time and space necessary to practice and can remain silent for as much of the retreat as is possible.
How do I reach out if I have a problem or need something during the retreat?
If you need to reach an instructor during the retreat, you can chat with them privately on Zoom. Instructors will not check their phones or email regularly during the retreat.
Am I allowed to read or write while on retreat?
We recommend you do not read, journal, or write during the retreat to enhance your meditation experience and get the most from the retreats. A day without external input is rare.
Should I prepare specific meals?
Please consider using healthy, well-sourced foods for meals throughout the day.
Can I use technology during the retreat?
We ask that the only technology you use is the computer or tablet you connect with. Please do not use your phone, another device, or the device you connect with for any purpose outside of the retreat for those five days. It is good to take a break from technology. We recognize that the temptation is there, but please be present with your instructor and fellow participants throughout the retreat.
Can I miss any part of the retreat?
No. It is important to the meditation instructors, and to others in the retreat that you attend all the formal practice sessions and that you arrive at the scheduled times. If an emergency comes up, inform the instructors as soon as possible. If you know in advance that you will not be able to make it to the entire retreat, please wait and sign up at a later date.
Is it best to take some time to transition at the end of the retreat?
Yes, it is best to take some time to transition back to daily life after the retreat. We recommend not planning anything afterward and allowing yourself time to transition and reacclimate after your meditation retreat. This is because noise and too much social interaction can be overwhelming after spending time alone and in silence.
Is the retreat trauma-sensitive?
The retreat is trauma-sensitive and instructors have trauma-sensitive mindfulness training. If there is a specific concern or request that you would like to make please share it in the participant questionnaire during the registration process.
Are the retreats secular?
Mindful Leader courses and retreats are MBSR-Based and lead by MBSR instructors. Similar to MBSR, retreats are secular and adhere to research and evidence-based meditation practices. Little to no religious language will be used during the retreat.
Can I do the meditation retreat with a partner?
We encourage you to invite others to join you at the retreat, whether it’s with your partner, friend, or colleague! Each participant is required to purchase a separate ticket and it is best that each participant joins on their own device, to avoid confusion for the instructor. A good portion of the retreat will be silence and practice and with inner exploration. Therefore, a retreat participant would have to limit communication to the times designated by instructors, even with a partner or any friends that join.
Can I participate in the meditation retreats more than once?
Yes, you can participate in our meditation retreats more than once! Many people participate in meditation retreats as a way to refresh their practice on a semi-regular basis, or as a way to keep in touch with their meditation practice after finishing an MBSR course. Others will use a meditation retreat as a way to re-commit themselves to mindfulness after a break or hiatus. Coming back and participating in another retreat can also be a way to recharge after a stressful life event, or to prepare for challenges to come.
How can I keep practicing what I've learned from the meditation retreat?
Continued practice after the meditation retreat is ideal! If you’re looking for a place to drop in regularly for group meditation, sign up for Meditate Together, which hosts 30 - minute silent meditation and guided reflection sessions 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. Meditate Together is free, and has a thriving community of meditators and volunteers. If you’re looking to cultivate a regular mindfulness practice, consider taking the MBSR 8-Week Course with Mindful Leader. MBSR is a science-based, inclusive, and highly effective program for those new to mindfulness and experienced meditators alike. Your retreat instructor will likely be leading an 8-Week MBSR Course soon. Of course, you can also take some time after the retreat to reflect on which practices you found the most effective. Try slotting each practice into its own time in your weekly calendar, to create a holistic meditation routine. During this time of reflection, it may be helpful to journal about how the retreat has affected you. You can then return to these journal entries to help you remember the retreat, its practices, and any feelings about it you may have had.