Visit our Retreat Calendar for upcoming retreats.
Retreats create optimal conditions for the deepening of concentration and insight. They provide the ideal opportunity to set aside the business and pressures of daily routines, and focus intensively on developing the mind, clarifying perception, and opening the heart.
The themes, meditation practices, and schedules may vary from retreat to retreat, however, a common schedule runs from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm with sitting and walking meditations throughout the day, morning meditation instructions, evening dharma talks, group or individual meetings with the teachers, and three nutritious meals per day. Walking and gentle stretching is encouraged.
Our Retreat Calendar lists retreats sponsored by IMSB and Bodhi-Retreats in California, along with other retreats taught by Shaila Catherine that are organized by different sanghas and held at locations worldwide.
- Most Insight Meditation retreats are appropriate for any level of practitioner—beginners and advanced meditators. It will be clearly stated in the description if a retreat is specifically geared for a particular level of practitioner or if pre-requisites are required.
- Shaila periodically offers retreats that emphasize the development of deep concentration and the absorptive states of jhana. Please read the Concentration and Jhana FAQ page if you are seeking a jhana retreat.
- Retreats are generally conducted in silence. Participants speak with the teachers about their meditative experience, but do not engage in social conversation with each other. All electronic forms of communication should be turned off during the course of a retreat.
- Advanced registration is required for all retreats.
- See Frequently Asked Questions, or contact retreats for more information.
Listen to a talk by Shaila Catherine about intensive retreat practice.
“At the spring retreat, I experienced joy and contentment that was beyond words—better than an all you can eat chocolate buffet! I got a taste of happiness beyond sensual pleasure. It has inspired my practice at home.”
“While this work is challenging, I find the sweetest feeling of support and benevolence in the community of other meditators. It is such a rare and sublime experience to actually feel that I can rest and lean into the silence that is so beautifully held by the others.”
“Stress at work dissipates easily now. I feel more refreshed through a long day and I don’t feel ‘put upon’ or in a struggle just to keep up. The more hectic life gets, in fact, the more I am drawn to the places I discover in deep meditation as my ‘real’ life.”
“I feel as if Shaila jump-started my long time Insight Meditation practice, which had plateaued for a while”
“I came to Shaila’s retreat with a couple of burning questions. While I could see the enormous benefit of practice, it wasn’t clear to me how one actually uproots habitual patterns. My understanding was pretty much just intellectual, but the way this teaching was presented enabled me