This year introduces two new retreats for experienced meditation practitioners:
10-Day Metta Retreat: December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018
This is a retreat for ‘Experienced Meditators’ – those who have had a regular meditation practice for some years and have previously attended a 10-day residential retreat. Priority will be given to those who have visited Birken for a Personal Retreat or Scheduled Retreat of at least 10 days in the recent past. The retreat includes some instruction, as well as extended meditation periods (2 to 3 hours), allowing meditators to alternate sitting and walking meditation at their discretion. For more information and to register, see our Book a Visit page under "Scheduled Retreats".
One Month Jhana Retreat: January 10 - February 7, 2018
Optimal conditions for jhana meditation practice will be maintained during this very special retreat. Individualized jhana instruction from Ajahn Sona will be provided to each meditator, as well as extended meditation periods throughout the day, with a focus on solitary practice in each meditators' room. For more information and to register, see our Book a Visit page under "2018 Silent Winter Retreat".
Registration for both retreats will remain open from July 1-September 30, 2017. Ajahn Sona will review all applications and select those who can best benefit from these periods of quiet practice. Accepted candidates will be notified by email in early October and asked to reconfirm their commitment to attend the retreat. All others will be notified that they have been placed on a waitlist.
Visit our Book a Visit page for more details and to register.