What to expect on a day retreat

For newcomers to meditation in general, or Insight Meditation in particular:

Day retreats take place mostly in a setting of companionable silence, including during the lunch period. There is a chance to connect with other participants at the beginning and end of the day, and during the day there will be some opportunities for questions and discussion with the teacher. Silence offers an opportunity to attend to one’s own experience without the need to be anyone for other people.

You will be asked to sit quietly for periods of up to 30 minutes, with varying amounts of guidance. These sittings are interspersed with periods of walking and movement.

We recognise that this level of silence may be challenging for newcomers and is not always suitable for everyone at every time. If you have any concerns or wonder whether a retreat is the right thing for you at this time, you are welcome to get in touch with us.