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.
Residential retreats are silent retreats. We speak only during Q&A sessions, during interviews with the teacher, and during work-meditation periods, when necessary. Days usually consist of alternating sitting and walking meditations, with a dhamma teaching in the morning and/or the afternoon or evening, and breaks for breakfast, lunch, and a light evening meal. The first [...]
Yes, you are welcome to sit in a chair or on a cushion on the floor. You may also switch between a chair and your cushion during retreats. Chairs are always provided at IMSB retreats. Each retreat center that we rent for our programs is unique, but cushions are usually not available and you must [...]
Yes, we are usually able to offer a modest, partial scholarship if you are in need. The amount of scholarship we can offer depends on the amount that is in our scholarship fund when we begin the registration process. You may also structure a payment plan with the registrar, or offer volunteer services in exchange [...]
Retreat fees vary depending on the length and location of the retreat. Retreat fees cover the rental of the retreat facility, insurance, printing costs for any study material, and other miscellaneous administrative costs. Residential retreat fees also cover housing costs, food, and cook’s services. Retreat fees do not include wages or compensation for the teachers. The teachers rely [...]
Attendance at some seven-day or longer retreats may require previous retreat experience. Check the retreat application form and website for prerequisites. There are no prerequisites for attending shorter retreats.
For questions about IMSB sponsored retreats, you may e-mail retreats. For questions about retreats Shaila is offering in other states or countries, please e-mail or call the contact person specified for that retreat on the Retreats with Shaila page.
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