There is no better way to give yourself a break from the daily routine and reassess your life, than by engaging in a meditation retreat. Retreat provides an opportunity to gain deeper experience of meditation. On retreat we withdraw from our usual routine and structure our time and conditions so that we can get the most out of our meditation.
Tara KMC offers a wide range of retreats suitable for people with all different levels of experience, from complete beginners to experienced practitioners. In January there will be an opportunity to participate in a month of special guided retreats.
Here are our retreats for the forthcoming academic year:
Session 1. 7am- 8.15am
Session 2. 10.30am- 11.45noon
Session 3. 4.00pm- 5.15pm
Session 4. 7.30pm- 9.00pm
Guru Yoga and Mandala Offering Retreat: Friday 12th July 2013 – Friday 19th July 2013.
Read about Retreats at Tara
What is Retreat?
Sometimes it is helpful to do a meditation retreat. This can just be one day, or a weekend, or longer if you have the time. On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities in order to emphasize a particular spiritual practice.
There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal, and mental:
- We engage in physical retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we isolate ourselves from other people, activities, and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions.
- We engage in verbal retreat when, with a spiritual motivation, we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence.
- We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy, and strong ignorance from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.
If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat.
Booking for Retreats will be available shortly