Month of Personal Long Retreat
March 3 - March 31
We are pleased to announce plans to 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.
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.
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.
To benefit from this retreat it is recommended that participants have some previous retreat experience that includes both group and personal retreat. Regardless of experience, each participant will create an individualized practice plan – either by themselves or in consultation with an advisor – to create a structure for their retreat.
For those who do not have much experience with meditation retreat, it is recommended to gradually gather experience, beginning with weekend and week-long retreats in a group, then beginning to practice on one’s own, at first for a few days, and then incrementally adding to the duration of the retreat.
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.
Stay tuned for more detailed information and registration.