Mindfulness with breathing represents the core of the group instructions. However, Shaila presents the jhāna instructions in the context of a wider and more flexible view of the liberating path. Many additional practices and teachings are offered through group and individual instructions in order to cultivate conducive conditions for concentration and insight.

It is not always the right time for a meditator to develop jhāna. Therefore, even on retreats that are described as featuring jhāna instructions, or mindfulness with breathing, individual guidance may encourage mettā, mindfulness practices, or other insight meditation techniques.