Home retreats involve:
1) a meeting to prepare for the retreat; this will take about an hour. We meet with our retreat companions to create a sangha. Reflect on how you’ll meet the time commitments before this meeting.
2) a commitment to practise for at least two hours a day for one week. You will have to give up something to fit it in.
3) the practice period should include:
- a minimum of 30 minutes’ sitting practice
- a minimum of 30 minutes’ walking practice
- metta either sitting or walking
- daily taking of the precepts (This doesn’t have to be a formal chant.)
- a minimum of 30 minutes’ mindfulness of as much of your life as you want to include; activities like housework, gardening, walking, swimming are easier than talking, but the choice is yours.
- dedication of merit (again, it’s the intention, not the formal chant that’s important)
4) attending a weekly group interview at the end of each week for about an hour (though it may take longer if there are a lot of people).
5) individual interviews as requested. If you’d like an individual interview, email before the group meets. Your interview will take place after the group interview.
6) optional email contact as needed; emails will usually be answered within 24 hours.
7) As one yogi has already raised the question of dana, I will say something here. Generosity is fundamental to the practice. It can take many forms. As I may also be doing a home retreat, your practice is itself a support and a form of dana. If you wish to give some other donation, please do it from your heart. Look into your heart and follow its impulse whether or not that involves a material object.