Retreat Special Needs
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.
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 satsang per day. A full retreat day begins at
7:30 am and ends by 10:00 pm. 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 for retreat. If it is not possible for you to participate within this format, we recommend attending an intensive instead. The schedule for an intensive is less rigorous and does not require participants to maintain silence throughout the event.
For those who wish to explore the depths of retreat teachings in private or are unable to attend a retreat in person, audio recordings of Adyashanti’s retreats are made available to the public about two months after each retreat.
These download sets include the talks and dialogues recorded live on retreat with Adyashanti. Each album explores numerous topics unique to the retreat in which it was recorded.
To find the latest retreat recordings, go to the Audio Library and search the word "Retreat."
As a companion to the album we also recommend Adyashanti’s online article entitled “True Meditation.” For many years Adyashanti has made this article available to participants on retreat.