Daylong meditation retreats seek to explore different aspects of mindfulness meditation. An important feature of these meditation retreats is that they are held in silence. Silence helps to quiet the many emotions triggered by speaking, listening, and even thinking about what we are going to say. As mental and emotional activity decreases and the body relaxes, it is possible to begin to observe our inner and outer worlds more clearly.
During a daylong retreat, participants alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, emphasizing the continuity of practice. This contributes to develop the ability to focus. A focused mind is characterized not only by the absence of distractions but by the presence of clarity, easefulness, and equanimity. In each retreat, the intensive practice of meditation is complemented by talks on a specific topic related to the foundations and practice of mindfulness, which are offered throughout the day.
Samma Sati offers intensive meditation retreats organized around various topics, including the following:
- Why meditate? A day of practice and reflection on meditation from the perspective of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield
- Cultivating our ability to live in the present through the practice of mindfulness
- Walking meditation: Arriving in the here and now with every step
- Introduction to meditation and the practice of metta
- Mindfulness and self-compassion: The science, practice and wisdom of being kind to ourselves
- Mindfulness and stress: how to respond to stress in more effective, lasting and compassionate ways
Usually, intensive meditation retreats last seven and a half hours and are suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners.
Daylong Meditation Retreats 2020
To be announced.