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 will be based on whether you are a newcomer or an experienced retreatant as selected during registration. You will be in a group of 7-8 yogis who will meet together 2 times during the retreat with 2 different teachers. You will also need to complete a Teacher Meeting questionnaire.
  3. Here is an overview of the Optional Sessions and 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 two 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 DayFriday, July 23Location (on Zoom)
5:15 – 5:45 PMOrientation for MMTCP Qualifying Retreat Participants (MMTCP only)MMTCP Meeting
6:00 – 6:45 PMMeditation Hall opens for Retreat Orientation and Zoom Open House for YogisMeditation Hall
Break – Meditation Hall closedOn Your Own
7:00 PMArrive and Settle for OpeningMeditation Hall
7:15 – 8:45 PMOpening Ceremony: Evening Talk & MeditationMeditation Hall
MMTCP students need to attend 5 of bolded daily sessions below each day in accordance with the MMTCP Retreat Info here
DailySaturday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 28Location (on Zoom)
8:15 AMArrive and Settle – Community AnnouncementsMeditation Hall
8:30 AMGuided Instructions with Q&AMeditation Hall
9:45 AMMorning Guided Mindful MovementMeditation Hall
10:30 AMMorning Walking Meditation and/or Sense and Savor WalkOn Your Own
11:15 PMMid-day Silent Sitting MeditationMeditation Hall
12:00 – 1:30 PMBreak – Meditation Hall closed / Meal / RestOn Your Own
1:30 PMGuided Heart MeditationMeditation Hall
2:15 – 3:00 PMOn Your Own Practice: Sit or Walk or Pre-recorded Mindful Movement (optional).
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On Your Own
2:15 – 3:30 PMor Teacher Meetings when assigned (prioritize over other sits, only 3 times/retreat)Teacher Meetings
3:00 – 3:30 PMAfternoon Silent Sitting MeditationMeditation Hall
3:30 PMAfternoon Walking Meditation and/or Sense and Savor WalkOn 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
8:15 PMFurther Practice or SleepOn Your Own
Closing DayFriday, July 29Location (on Zoom)
8:15 AMArrive and SettleMeditation Hall
8:30 AMSitting Meditation with Dana Talk and AnnouncementsMeditation Hall
9:30 – 11:00 AMClosing CeremonyMeditation Hall
11:15 – 11:45 AMClosing Session for MMTCP Qualifying Retreat Participants (MMTCP only)MMTCP Meeting
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