Daily retreat schedule

 Every programme and even every day of a retreat is unique and different. Thus the format depends on the retreat and how the teacher sets up the schedule, and responds to the group's needs and other considerations. Nevertheless, to give you an idea of a "typical" programme day, you'll find a description and sample schedule below.

The day starts with a wake-up call at 6:30, followed by a morning meditation session at 7:00 (introductory retreats usually start at 9:00). Breakfast is served from 8:00 - 9:00. Then, at 9:00 there is time for practice, talks, study, contemplation exercises or discussion groups. At 12.30 we have lunch followed by some free time or a work period until 14:30 or 15:30. In the afternoon another practice period is scheduled, including a tea break, until 18:45 when dinner is served. In the evenings there are practice sessions, occasionally talks or other activities scheduled - or just free time.

7:00-8:00 - meditation 
8:00-9:00 - breakfast
9.00-12.30 - meditation, study, talks, discussions
12.30 - lunch
13:00-15:00 - free time
15:00-18:45 - meditation, talks, exercises; including a tea break around 17.00.
18:45-20:00 - dinner
20:00 - meditation, evening activities or free time

Meditation Intensives like a Dathün include more meditation sessions than introductory programmes, that allow more free time for participants.

At most programmes a working period, also called "rota", of about one hour per day is requested from participants. Rota can take place in the kitchen, household, in landscaping and other departments that need support. As always, it is a great opportunity to put meditation into action, in our everyday life, as well as getting a glimpse of community life. Dechen Chöling very much appreciates you joining and supporting our work.


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