Retreat Special Needs
The structure and schedule of a silent retreat can be challenging both physically and psychologically. If you have medical or psychological pre-existing conditions, we encourage you to consult with your doctor or mental health professional before participating in a silent meditation retreat to ensure that the intensity and length of this event is right for you.
those who have special needs, the following information may be
helpful when planning for a retreat.
- All retreat sites have some wheelchair-accessible housing
options, and retreat meeting halls and dining buildings are
- All retreat sites have some accommodations
that require using stairs or walking long distances, and not
all paths are lit at night.
- Asilomar’s jitney cart service is available for transporting
- Mount Madonna Center’s tent camping and some cabins
require walking up a hill and through a wooded area. Some housing options at Woldingham School require walking some distance to the main meeting hall.
Although the retreat sites will make every reasonable effort
to find the right accommodation for your needs, all housing for
these events is “first come, first served.” For this
reason, we cannot guarantee that your specific requests will be
The structure of the retreat itself can be rigorous, including
several silent sitting sessions each day that last up to 40 minutes each,
a 1-hour talk, and a 2-hour dialogue per day. Attending every silent sitting is not mandatory. The schedule includes
3 meal breaks throughout the day.
If you need special assistance in order to be on retreat, please make all arrangements prior to arriving at the retreat. If it is not possible for you to participate within this format, we recommend attending a 1- or 2-day event instead. The schedule is less rigorous and does not require participants to maintain silence over multiple days.
Those who would like to explore the depth of retreat teachings in private or are unable to attend a retreat in person are encouraged to create their own retreat experience with one of the MP3 download sets recorded on retreat.
If you have further questions, please call or contact Registration.