Retreat types

May 28

Cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.

May 28

Cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.

May 28

Cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.

The beginner retreat is an experiential introduction to meditation.  It is a residential 5-7 day silent retreat in which the yogi is trained in basic techniques to build a foundation for a deep-rooted practice.  There are sessions for sitting and walking meditation that are complemented with the appropriate Dhamma teachings based on the Satipatthana sutta.  Each yogi is given individual and personalized instructions for their practice and development.  Although this retreat is primarily for beginners, it is also open to all participants including beginner, intermediate, advanced yogis and non-Nirodha yogis.  Often intermediate and advanced yogis participate to refresh their practice basics

The intermediate retreat focuses on further training to deepen the practice.  Here, training which is necessary beyond the basics are taught especially sustaining the practice and working on habitual thought patterns. Intermediate retreats are the most common retreats of Nirodha and attracts a larger number of yogis. An advanced practitioner with a choice between a beginner retreat and an intermediate retreat would pick an intermediate retreat.  The basic retreat training is needed to join an intermediate retreat.

The advanced retreat are not very frequent in a calendar year and often the yogis are selected by the teacher.  The advanced retreat focuses on longer practice time and often is very challenging and strenuous.  However the results of such retreat for a yogi is far greater than that of other retreats.  The most sought after long retreat the annual three weeks retreat which is usually in the first weeks of January and held in the Southeast Asian region.

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