Multi-Day Residential Retreats are teacher-led silent meditation retreats. Your instructors will explain how silent retreat practice works to support you in having a deep immersion in the practices of mindfulness and compassion. The daily schedule will include gently guided sitting and walking meditation, morning teachings, mindful movement, body awareness practices, and some compassion cultivation and loving-kindness meditations.
Our multi-day retreats are conducted in the non-religious style of modern mindfulness and compassion training with no special beliefs needed or formal ritual. We honor that Buddhism and other contemplative wisdom traditions deeply inform and support this modern meditation-based movement: they are among the "roots" of this work. Our lead teacher, Tim Burnett is also a Buddhist teacher and lineage holder and he includes talks and practices from the Buddhist tradition and beyond. To enjoy the talks from past retreats visit the Roots Homepage.
NOTE: we also offer Residential Trainings in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). These are 5-day residential forms of these 8-week classes and are much more interactive. They include meditation and periods of silence but are not a silent meditation retreat. Please see What to Expect at Residential Trainings for more information.
We are honored to support each participant in their meditation practice regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, age, physical ability, political affiliation, or religion.
Your instructors will go over these guidelines in detail at the orientation meeting on the first evening of your retreat.
Silence practice helps us settle more deeply into the retreat experience and gives space to others to have the experience they need to have. This practice includes:
At our silent retreats we do offer a means to communicate essential information to the retreat leaders by leaving them a note. Please: