This silent retreat will explore training in the meditative absorptions and how they support deepening insights into emptiness. The meditative absorptions (Jhanas) are taught from the lineage of Ayya Khema. Teachings and awareness practices which support maturing insight into emptiness (Mahasati) are taught from the Thai Forest tradition, with complementary perspectives from the suttas and the Mahayaya teachings. This retreat will emphasize both the embodied & energetic aspects of the teachings & practices as well as the intellectual aspects.
This retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, plus occasional qi gong & simple energy practices. Instructions for the Jhanas (meditatitive absorptions) and MahaSati (how mindfulness matures into emptiness and release) will be offered, along with daily Metta (lovingkindness) practice.
To support deepening practice, participants will check in individually with a teacher every three days for almost 30 minutes.
It will support your retreat if you engage in a daily sitting meditation practice of at least 45 minutes in the month before attending the retreat.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT RETREAT CENTER PREREQUISITES:
We are setting a high bar for retreats for advanced students. In the past, the definition of an experienced or advanced student has generally been characterized by the amount of formal retreat time in which one has engaged. While time logged on the cushion can be an important aspect of experience, we do not find this measure alone to be a meaningful gauge of the quality of a student’s practice.
We see an advanced student as someone who has developed a balanced practice, with sincere and diligent attention to practicing sila (ethical/moral conduct) and dana (generosity), in addition to bhavana (cultivation of mind). Sometimes yogis engage in unwholesome behaviors indicative of a need for additional development.
Some of these behaviors include
All of these behaviors create hardship and have a corrosive effect on our collective ability to keep the Dhamma alive, available and accessible.
It is our belief as a Dhamma organization that those who aspire to take their wisdom practice to deeper levels should not neglect the vital foundational practices of dana and sila. All practitioners are welcome on any of our open retreats. However, in order to be considered a suitable candidate for an experienced/ advanced student retreat, these new criteria are in place to create the most fertile field of practice for all who attend and to provide adequate support for the teachers and retreat center who are gifting these practice opportunities to the world.
2021 CURRENT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
A vaccination requirement is in place for all participants on this retreat. Follow this link for more information about the vaccine requirement, including an avenue for medical exemption.
All participants will be housed in single sleeping rooms.
We will continue to require all retreatants, staff and teachers to remain masked throughout the retreat.
All participants will be required to follow all covid-19 health and safety guidelines in place at Cloud Mountain. Follow this link for comprehensive information about the specific guidelines in place at this time.
The retreat container will be constructed in accordance with the current covid-19 conditions at the time to maximize individual and group health. We reserve the right to adjust expectations of acceptable behaviors within the retreat environment to respond most appropriately to covid-19 conditions. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
Scholarship funds are available on all retreats to assist those with financial challenges. For more information, read the Scholarship section of our overview information.
This retreat is intended for experienced students.
As an experienced student retreat, each applicant must meet all of the following prerequisites to be offered a space on this retreat:
Subsidized fee : $950 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Sustaining fee : $1050 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff
Supporting fee : $1150 plus dana offerings to teacher(s) and staff