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You may arrive at the retreat center on Friday after 4pm. We will begin our opening circle and partner work at 530pm, sharp so please be in the group space with your stuff and ready to go. Dinner is at 7:30pm. We don't have a lot of time this weekend. It will pass by very quickly.. and I have a lot planned for you all!
Although this is marketed as a "silent" retreat, it's more of an introduction to silent retreat. 2 days to explore this practice is simply just not enough time. If there is enough interest, I may make one of my 4 or 5 day retreats next year a true silent retreat with catered food. But this weekend, we will have dialogue on Friday and Sunday. Friday will be the preparation for our Golden Silence practices by going over theory and best practices. Saturday will put it into action/practice. Sunday will be review and closing.
We plan on having a fire-pit and Cesar will be our fire-keeper. If it's too hot, we will pass. He will also be camping by the pond, so if anyone wants to camp, you are welcome to. Just need to leave the area as you found it. Let me know if you plan to camp. Bring mosquito repellant, etc.
IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO STAY ON SITE, PLEASE LET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE ON RETREAT THIS WEEKEND AND THAT YOU WILL BE PRACTICING GOLDEN SILENCE. PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS SO THEY ONLY REACH OUT TO YOU IN CASE OF LIFE OR DEATH EMERGENCIES, ESPECIALLY ALL DAY SATURDAY. IF THEY MUST COMMUNICATE, KNOW THAT IT WILL DISTURB YOUR SILENCE AND YOU MAY NOT GET THE INSIGHTS YOU WERE DESTINED TO GET HAD YOU BEEN ABLE TO FULLY ENGAGE IN SILENCE.
Remember to bring your own meals. The simpler, the better. Also there are restaurants close by, but you risk having to break your Golden Silence.
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“It is not possible to control the outside of yourself until you have mastered your breathing space. It is not possible to change anything until you understand the substance you wish to change.”
― Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit