July 21 / 7:30 PM - July 21 / 8:30 PM
Join us for a full week of intense practice, July 21st through 27th. This week will follow a regular residential retreat schedule of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. but participants will sleep at home. Those who don’t live close by can ask to be billeted with someone local.
Schedule will include several hours of sitting and walking meditation every day, meals, work period, yoga, meetings with a meditation instructor, and one talk each afternoon or evening (see sample schedule below). We will also be doing Shambhala Buddhist opening and closing chants at the beginning and end of the day; attendees may participate in chants or listen/meditate, as they wish. Three days will be in silence (days 4-6).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, as well as drinks and snacks. As with residential retreats, participants will have a 'rota' work period and help to prepare food and keep the centre clean. Depending on the number of participants, all or some of the food will be cooked at the centre; if not very many participants, some food will be ordered or brought in.
Participants must enrol for the whole week as we would like to have a strong practice environment for the week, which will be enhanced if additional people are not coming and going.
Pre-requisite: previous weekend program meditation experience *or* an interview with meditation instructor.
Cost: $420*. Includes 7 days of intensive full-day practice, three meals daily plus drinks and snacks. (if you are unable to pay the full fee, as always we are open to people paying less; please contact Debbie McCubbin at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further)
Sample schedule for a day:
7:30 to 8:00 Opening chants, meditation
8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:00 to 12:00 Meditation (walking and sitting) with one shamatha yoga break.
12:00 to 1:30 Lunch, free time.
1:30 to 2:30 Work period.
2:30 to 4:00 Meditation
4:00 to 4:30 Tea break
4:30 to 6:00 Meditation
6:00 to 7:00 Dinner
7:00 to 8:30 Meditation, talk, closing chants.