Retreats are an invitation to nurture a continuity of mindfulness. The “Retreat for New Retreatants” is a supportive opportunity for those who have little or no retreat experience to practice for a full day in the company of others who are new to silent retreats. Our time together will include instructions on how to be on retreat, meditation instructions and guidance as well as a sequence of relatively short sitting and walking meditation sessions. The day will be spent mainly in silence, however, there will be adequate time for questions and discussion, including an exploration of how to sustain formal practice in daily life.
Retreat for New Retreatants
|Program Type:||Retreat, Beginner|
|Time:||9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Start Date:||Sunday - October 15, 2017|
Registration for this program is closed.
There are no prerequisites for this program. All are welcome.
- CIMC retreats are non-residential; overnight accommodation is not available.
- Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in and to find a comfortable place in the meditation hall.
- At check-in participants will be asked to volunteer for a short period of mindful work during the retreat—a “yogi job.” Yogi jobs enable the smooth running of the retreat and offer an opportunity to practice alongside other retreat participants. (Half-Day Retreats do not include yogi jobs.)
- Retreats are held in silence. Teachers expect all retreatants to honor a commitment to abstain from using cell phones or other electronic devices—whether inside the building or not—for the duration of the retreat.
- Parking at CIMC is limited; we suggest taking public transportation to the Center whenever possible.
- CIMC provides delicious meals at all day-long, weekend and multi-day retreats. These vegetarian meals are prepared by CIMC volunteer cooks, and a list of ingredients will be provided for all dishes.
- We are unable to accommodate special dietary needs. If you have dietary restrictions, we invite you to bring your own vegetarian meal. Please note that nuts may be used in our kitchen.
- Please register before noon on the Thursday preceding any retreat for inclusion in the meal count. This allows the cooks to plan appropriately for the meals they provide and will help us ensure that there is enough food for everyone to enjoy. (Half-Day Retreats do not include meals.)
- RETREAT MEAL DANA: In keeping with tradition, we invite you to sponsor a retreat meal as a simple and meaningful act of generosity. You will have the option to share a dedication of your generosity, perhaps to someone in your life, to a special occasion or to an aspiration. Please contact the office for more information on offering Meal Dana for this retreat.
- Food and beverages, including water, are not allowed in the meditation halls.
- We strongly recommend you dress in layers since the temperature in the meditation hall will vary throughout the day. The hall thermostat is set to a comfortable temperature; however, please give yourself a range of clothing options, as individual preferences for warmth or coolness differ widely and cannot be accommodated.
- Please be sure to leave shoes on the shoe shelves on the first floor, and to keep your valuables with you at all times.
- CIMC provides zafus (round cushions), zabutons (large mats), meditation benches, blankets and chairs for your use. At the end of the program, we request that participants brush off their zabuton and plump up their zafu. All other items should be returned neatly to where they were found.
- While at the Center all phones, pagers, beeping watches and other electronic devices must remain completely turned off.
- Some people who practice at the Center have chemical sensitivities or environmental illnesses and experience adverse reactions when exposed to scented products. CIMC is a refuge. Out of compassion for those with chemical sensitivities, please avoid using scented products—lotions, deodorant, after-shave, hair products, perfume, clothes laundered with scented detergent or dryer sheets—before you come to the Center.