A new style retreat

Here’s an idea for a new, self supporting retreat model at Te Moata.

I’ve been talking with some friends about a new type of leaderless retreat that would support everyday-life practice. I’d like to know if this would interest others.

My idea is a retreat pitched somewhere between a scheduled, teacher-led, silent retreat, and home life: it would be essentially silent, with some structure.

My current thinking is that we would be our own cooks and service team, largely structure our own time but with several group sits – and possibly group talks – per day.

There would be some allowance for mindful talking and listening – because we aren’t generally silent at home and work, perhaps in the kitchen. And with a chance for the group to share and listen about the practice once, perhaps twice, a day.

I’m thinking 10–15 people and running Wednesday evening till Sunday morning as a trial, perhaps November or December this year.

I’m not sure of the cost but obviously less than usual with no teacher dana and no cooks to pay for.

We could develop this through this blog or you can email me your interest or ideas.

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  1. Edster
    Posted June 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Great idea…reminds me of some events at Springwater Center, located in the little town of Springwater in upstate New York.

  2. Tony Reardon
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Edster I’ve just come back from cooking at Te Moata so have just seen this. Can you tell me more about the Spring water thing? Is there a web site I can look up?

  3. Carol Smith
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tony – this is the website for Springwater Center


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