Retreat Special Needs
The structure and schedule of a silent retreat
can be challenging both physically and psychologically.
If you have medical or psychological preexisting
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.
For those with 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 wheelchair accessible.
- Be aware that some accommodations require
using stairs or walking long distances, and not all
paths are lit at night.
- Asilomar’s jitney cart service is available for
transporting special-needs guests onsite.
- Some accommodations at Mount Madonna
Center require walking up a hill and through a
- 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 programs is
“first come, first served.” For this reason, we cannot
guarantee that your specific requests will be met.
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-day or 2-day program 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.