We create meditation retreats because it’s such a powerful experience to completely set aside the doings of our day-to-day lives and sink deeply into the practices of silence, simplicity and inquiry. Individually and in community, we let the stillness take root in us and flourish as an exploration of the Dharma with teachers and our companions. An intimacy grows; people and things appear vividly as themselves, and this bright intimacy accompanies us as we make our way back into our lives.
Any time we practice meditation or study together in community we create this field of encouragement, a sacred space for the magic of awakening. Retreats enlarge and intensify it. By giving up some comforts and habits for a period of time, we enact our intention to go willingly beyond the confines of the known. This is true whether we join in for an afternoon or evening or for a week.