Main Sessions, Teacher Meeting Groups and Optional Sits

The rhythm of this retreat will feel very familiar to those of you who have been on a silent retreat before (noble silence info here), with sitting, walking, and guided sessions as well as dharma talks. This is an online retreat and attendance is via Zoom. Once everyone is fully confirmed into the retreat, you will receive a password in the Next Steps email for access to the retreat.  Please find more information about this retreat by reading through these web pages: Home Retreat GuidelinesPreparing for Retreat tips,  During the Retreat, and MMTCP Retreat Info

  1. Here is an overview of the Main Meditation Hall Sessions:
    • Our first day together with the Retreat Orientation, Arriving and Settling, and the Opening Ceremony.
    • Main daily sessions such as Guided Instruction, Sitting and Walking Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Heart Meditation and the Dharma Talk.
    • Our final day together will close the retreat with a variety of reintegration talks and sits during the Closing Ceremonies.
  2. You will automatically be assigned to one Teacher Meeting group and your group assignment will be available once everyone is confirmed into the retreat.
    • Group assignments may be based on any affinity/identification selected during registration. You will be in a group of 8-9 yogis who will meet together 2 or 3 times during the retreat with 2 or 3 different teachers or assisting teachers. You will also need to complete a Teacher Meeting questionnaire.
  3. Here is an overview of the requirements for new MMTCP students
    • MMTCP students needing a qualifying retreat will need to read the MMTCP Retreat Info here and complete the MMTCP Student Agreement and attend both the Orientation for MMTCP Qualifying Retreat Participants and Closing Session for MMTCP Qualifying Retreat Participants. MMTCP must be present for the full duration of the retreat in accordance with the MMTCP Student Agreement for at least 5 formal practice sessions per day including some combination of talks, guided/instructional meditations, Q&A periods, silent meditations, guided mindful movement, and small group/individual teacher meetings. Included in this number must be at least 2 silent sits of 30-45 minutes each every day, and at least 2 small group or individual teacher meetings over the course of the retreat.
GREETINGS & WELCOME!2021 IMCW Silent 6-Day Retreat Daily Schedule
The retreat schedule is in Eastern Time Zone (New York – US) convert to your time zone
First DaySunday, December 26Location (on Zoom)
1:30 PMMeditation Hall opens for Retreat Orientation and Zoom Open House for YogisMeditation Hall
2:30 PMBreak – Meditation Hall closedOn Your Own
or Orientation for MMTCP Qualifying Retreat Participants (MMTCP only)MMTCP Meeting
3:15 PMArrive and Settle for OpeningMeditation Hall
3:30 – 5:30 PMOpening CeremonyMeditation Hall
DailyMonday, December 27 – Friday, December 31Location (on Zoom)
MMTCP students need to attend 5 of bolded daily sessions below each day in accordance with the MMTCP Retreat Info here
7:45 AMPre-recorded Mindful Movement (optional). Visit the Supplemental Resources menuOn Your Own
8:15 AMArrive and Settle – Community AnnouncementsMeditation Hall
8:30 – 9:30 AMGuided Instructions with Q&AMeditation Hall
9:30 – 10:15 AMMorning Guided Mindful MovementMeditation Hall
9:45 – 11:00 AMor Teacher Meetings when assigned (prioritize over other sits, only 2 or 3 times/retreat)Teacher Meetings
or LGBTQIA+ Meeting on WedLGBTQIA+ Meeting
10:30 AMMorning Silent Sitting MeditationMeditation Hall
11:00 AMMorning Walking MeditationOn Your Own
11:15 – 12:30 PMor People with Dis/Abilities and Deaf People Meeting on WedDis/Abilities Meeting
11:45 – 12:30 PMMid-day Silent Sitting MeditationMeditation Hall
12:30 – 2:00 PMBreak – Meditation Hall closed / Meal / RestOn Your Own
2:00 – 2:45 PMGuided Heart MeditationMeditation Hall
2:45 – 3:30 PMAfternoon Guided Mindful MovementMeditation Hall
3:00 – 4:15 PMor Teacher Meetings when assigned (prioritize over other sits, only 2 or 3 times/retreat)Teacher Meetings
or BIPOC Meeting on WedBIPOC Meeting
3:30 PMAfternoon Walking MeditationOn Your Own
4:15 PMArrive and Settle for Dharma TalkMeditation Hall
4:30 – 5:30 PMDharma Talk with a short sittingMeditation Hall
5:30 – 7:30 PMBreak – Meditation Hall closed / Meal / Rest / PracticeOn Your Own
7:30 – 8:15 PMEvening Silent Sitting Meditation with ending chantMeditation Hall
Closing DaySaturday, January 1Location (on Zoom)
8:15 AMArrive and SettleMeditation Hall
8:30 – 9:15 AMSitting Meditation with Dana Talk and AnnouncementsMeditation Hall
9:15 – 10:45 AMClosing CeremonyMeditation Hall
11:00 – 11:30 AMClosing Session for MMTCP Qualifying Retreat Participants (MMTCP only)MMTCP Meeting
See the Zoom Recordings menu item for recordings of the main sessions: Guided Instructions, Live Movement, Heart Practice and Dharma Talk. Recordings will be posted as soon as possible. Time zones: This retreat will be held in Eastern Time US and so the schedule may not be ideal for those in European, Pacific, or other time zones. Eastern Time: 8:15 am – 8:15 pm (Central European Time 2:15 pm – 2:15 am; Pacific Time 5:15 am – 5:15 pm). convert to your time zone