residential retreat?

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    Jul 21, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    Has anyone been to a residential meditation retreat? I'm going to my first one this week. Any advice on what to expect? I have a feeling it may be fairly overwhelming at first ...
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    Jul 21, 2014 8:45 PM GMT
    No, but I did a summer of sex down in Key West.

    I've not done one personally, I retreat to my garden, but I've been exposed to the concept since I was a kid. My parents did a few retreats while I was growing up and then into their later lives. A friend does them, recently returning from one and is already planning another. And one of my very favorite cousins who earlier in life was involved with the administration of Tassajara http://www.sfzc.org/tassajara/ is involved with a different retreat center these days.

    I went to summer sleep away camp instead. Does that count?

    If you're not used to going off on your own, as so many younger kids today were so badly helicoptered by their parents, that might be what is your overwhelming sensation. My nephew was just at orientation for going school and not having experience being away from home much, he was freaking out with some major anxiety.

    For those of us who grew up spending summers away from home, it's nothing. Just ride out the weird feelings. You'll settle in fast enough and then just enjoy the experience.
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    Jul 21, 2014 10:42 PM GMT
    Be still.
    Be open.
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    Jul 22, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys, for the advice.

    Lol, the summer in Key West sounds alright indeed.

    Just jumped onto that Tassajara site and it looks pretty cool.

    I'm am used to being on my own, so that encourages me.

    Thanks again, guys.
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    Jul 22, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    One Caution:

    The Meditation Retreat will offer the perfect conditions for your practice. Everything will be orderly and conducive to meditation without distractions.

    THE HARD PART will be keeping up your practice when you return to life back home.

    It's very tempting to try to recreate the retreat environment at home in the hope that then you'll continue the discipline.
    YOU WON'T! You won't create that same environment that is.

    But you can certainly continue your meditation practice. It just takes more discipline---which you can do.

    Enjoy the retreat and delight in the special environment and the good company.

    Resolve to meditate at home as soon as you return.
    Meditate more soundly---but don't attempt the same hours you spent during the retreat.

    Just discipline yourself to do 20 or 30 minutes, once or twice a day.