Nonresidential retreats are usually a combination of silent sitting and walking meditation, and dhamma study and discussion. Days usually start around 9:30 a.m. and end around 5:00 p.m., with a break for lunch. There may be an opportunity to speak with the teacher about your practice during walking meditation periods.
Am I required to participate in the movement session (such as yoga, Feldenkrais awareness through movement, or qi gong)?
The movement sessions are optional. You are always free to do walking meditation instead. St. Timothy’s Church is located adjacent to Cuesta Park and you may use the park for longer walks. There are grassy areas for walking near Foothills Congregational Church.
Yes. If you can only attend part of the daylong, please try to arrive or depart during the lunch break to minimize the disruption to other participants. Beginning practitioners should start in the morning in order to hear any introductory instructions.
Please check the event listing to determine if you should bring a bag lunch or a pot-luck dish to share in a community meal. A kitchen is available to store food. Tea and snacks are usually provided. Bring a cushion or blanket if you would like to sit on the floor. Chairs are provided if [...]
Daylongs typically begin with a sitting meditation followed by an introduction and announcements. We alternate sitting and walking meditation periods and the teacher usually gives a dhamma talk in the late afternoon. Often there is a pot-luck community lunch around 12:15 or 12:30. Check our day long page for more information and our event listings for [...]
Registration is not required for half-days or daylongs. You may simply show up to attend.
IMSB offers a monthly day of meditation. Daylong events usually begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. They may be held at any of our sites in Mountain View, Los Altos, or Saratoga, so please see our calendar or the day long event list for specific dates and details.