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KCC’s Month of Personal Retreat
March 3, 2023 - March 31, 2023
We are pleased to be able to once again host our annual one-month opportunity for personal retreat at Ser Chö Ösel Ling, our retreat land in Goldendale, WA. Some may sign up for the entire month and others will come for stays ranging from a weekend to three weeks. Each week of retreat will begin on a Friday.
During the personal retreat time, all retreatants keep the same schedule and practice on their own in their rooms or in one of the meditation halls. Everyone gathers for meals and in the evening after dinner for a short meditation and the recitation of aspiration prayers or inspirational songs. All of the meals will be provided.
The month of personal retreat is an excellent way to deepen one’s practice in the support of other community members. Being able to devote more time to meditation away from our habitually busy usual environs can be very inspiring and nurturing. Each day will have periods of silence, and silence will also be observed each week for a number of days.
Before engaging in personal retreat, it is recommended that participants have some previous experience that includes at least some facilitated group retreat and perhaps some individual retreat. The most skillful approach to personal retreat is to begin with a weekend and gradually increase the length of one’s stay. Beginning with a retreat that is beyond one’s current capacity can undermine the potential benefit of one’s stay and unnecessarily dampen enthusiasm for future retreat.
Regardless of experience, each participant will create an individualized practice plan – either by themselves or in consultation with an advisor. If you are new to personal retreat with KCC, we request that you speak with an advisor about creating an outline for your retreat in order to facilitate a meaningful experience. To design a retreat plan, you can reach out to Lama Eric by making an appointment HERE.
The number of participants for this retreat will be limited to 16 participants in single occupancy cabins only, allowing for a spacious environment to support this longer retreat. Registration is currently open for weekends, 1-week and 2-week retreats. Each begins on a Friday.
Register for one of the following options (includes private cabin and 3 meals per day). You must register at least 10 days before the first day of your retreat for menu planning.
2 Weeks – $950 Must register by March 7 for March 17 start date.
Financial Assistance: Financial Assistance (up to 50% of the retreat cost) may be available for individuals with financial constraints. The number of FA available depends entirely on donations to the Financial Assistance Fund. For those who can afford it, please consider contributing to the Financial Assistance Fund so that others who are less financially fortunate are able to attend KCC retreats.
To apply for Financial Assistance, review the KCC Financial Assistance Policy. Once you have read the policy guidelines, contact the Financial Assistance Team at KCC-FA@kcc.org. After you have received confirmation, you may register for the retreat.
Meals and Chores
Three vegetarian meals will be served daily. Retreatants are expected to contribute up to one hour per day toward chores that will be done during the three meal breaks.
6:00-7:20 Early Session
9:00-10:30 Morning Session I
10:30 Tea Break
11:00-12:00 Morning Session II
2:00-3:30 Afternoon Session I
3:30 Tea Break
4:00-5:15 Afternoon Session II
6:45-7:30 Evening Group Session