Spirituality and Meditation
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Spirituality and Meditation

Spirituality and Meditation

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Free Meditation Retreats?

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What are Meditation Retreats?

Do I need a Meditation Retreat?

Do I need a Meditation Retreat?

Meditation Retreats bring together like-minded individuals, creating an energy and community where one’s meditation practice and inquiry into Life can further deepen and become firmly established. Many meditation retreats allow you to go deeper with your meditation practice and to explore specific topics of meditation in more detail while at the same time offering you a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the process of self-transformation and growth. Retreats are also a time for rest and renewal, when people can relax, walk and enjoy the scenery of wherever they are.

Meditation retreats are generally designed for all levels from beginners to teachers and for those who have never meditated but are curious to begin. Meditation retreats are like a full-immersion course through which you learn how to live in the present and become more spiritually aware of yourself and the universe.

Free Meditation Retreats

Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka means to see things as they really are. It’s one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques and was taught more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for illness.

The international organization of Vipassana Meditaiton teaches a ten day residential course during which participants learn the basics of the method

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and practice during the days at the retreat. The retreat is absolutely free as previous participants basically donate to sponsor your participation. At the end of the retreat though, you can give a donation to help with the cost of the teachers and your stay.

Some important things for you to know are: during the retreat there is no talking, females sleep separate from men, the meals are vegetarian, you must bring conservative and comfortable clothing

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with you, and the retreats are held all around the world.

To learn more about these retreats, see a sample schedule, and register for a meditation retreat near you, you can visit http://www.dhamma.org/en/qanda.shtml

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own home. This comes in really handy for them because they do not have to leave their house, don’t have to take time off work, and don’t have to spend very much money doing it. A good way to begin this is by doing a full day meditation retreat with as many people as you feel comfortable in your home. The majority of people start with 6 to 8 hours of specific types of meditation techniques and move from there.

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Have you ever attended a meditation retreat? What type of meditation technique did you practice while there? Was your meditation experience different doing it with other people around you? Did you feel energy when you meditated?

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  • Bryan K says:

    I am from New York City and I attend a free meditation retreat every Thursday evening at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, NY. Its only about 90 miles outside NYC. Its run by a Buddhist Monk. They do a sitting meditation followed by a Dharma talk. Best of all its free. I highly recommend it.

  • Kayliegh,

    I am very happy to hear about your experience at the Vipassana 10 day meditation retreat! Yes, you most definitely realize just how much we talk on a daily basis when you are meditating straight for 10 days. Your discipline and dedication is admirable! I can relate to the need for sleeping less. It’s incredible how you sleep less now and still have more energy huh? Thank you for sharing your experience with us and I look forward to continuing to hear from you and your journey through meditation!

  • kayliegh says:

    I did the Vipassnia 10 day retreat without ever meditating beforehand…I just sat quietly for about an hour for the two weeks to see what it was like to be quiet being a Miss Chatter box. It was the most wonderful, liberating, life changing experience I hae had. As well as completely energizing! I went from sleeping 8-10 hrs a day to sleep an average of 4-5. And yes I went the whole 9 day with no talking and guess what I loved it!

    Try it you might like it!

  • Akhil,

    You are absolutely right, the more you practice meditation, the easier it becomes. I suggest you don’t limit yourself to time duration of meditation before considering participating in a meditation retreat. There are many meditation retreats in varying levels of intensity. In my personal experience, I went from meditating for about 15 to 20 minutes a day at home to meditating for about an hour. I did this through participating in the Oneness movement which worked for me in lieu of a meditation retreat. Thanks for your great comment and I look forward to hearing more from you!

  • Akhil says:

    I have attended Tushita retreat in the foothills of Himalayas and plan to do Vipassana retreat. But ultimately i feel meditation is all about practice.

    Until and unless, i can not devote 30-45 mins everyday for my meditation practice, no retreat will help me.

    Celia- There is no wrong way to do meditation. Meditation technique is simple- Focus and be thoughtless to experience universal consciousness. It is all about practice. With every day practice, your meditation will improve by leaps and bounds.

  • Hi Celia,

    Yes, I definitely agree with you that there are many meditation retreats out there that charge as if you were going to stay in a five star hotel and spa. You should listen to the podcast interview episode where our guest describes how she did a meditation retreat in her own home for free. This might give you ideas.

    You should also consider taking an online meditation class. That way you don’t have to leave your house and can learn how to do meditation and incorporate spirituality into your life easily. If you are looking for a more advanced and deeper meditation experience, you might want to check out the binaural beats from http://www.meditation-downloads.com

    I hope this information helps you and that you are able to learn more about meditation. I look forward to hearing more from you and supporting you in your journey!

    Sonia Gallagher

  • Celia Marlow says:

    This is fantastic! I had absolutely no idea that there were actually meditation retreats available.

    I have been looking at meditation retreats online to learn how to do meditation. The ones I have found are more like workshops and are very pricey.

    I would love to see if there’s any way I can do a workshop online or an online class. That way I could learn how to meditate without having to spend so much money in travel, lodging, and all of that in addition to a babysitter!

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