I am happy and pleased to share with you
exciting plans about a One Year Solitary Retreat.
Friends, family, neighbors, students, and the woman
in the supermarket checkout line have asked,
what on earth are you planning to do and why?
How are you able to do this?
Others say, I wish I could do that too.
And some have said,
how can I help
or support you?
I hope that
and help you to learn
about this ‘not-so-radical’ idea.
I have done solitary retreats for the past eight years (Thailand, Wales, Mexico, Java, and Bali) but never one of twelve months. "The more I researched such retreats, the more I learned that historically
they are found in many religions and practiced by both religious leaders and
secular thinkers — from Buddha to Christ to Henry David Thoreau of Walden
Pond in nearby Massachusetts." I learned that there have been many who have gone to the hills, at some time in their lives, to live away from society, to listen, to reflect and to meditate.
Since I was a teenager, the idea of such a retreat has captured me, though I didn’t have the words. While I live alone in a small cottage in the New Hampshire woods, I am still involved daily in teaching, organizing workshops, helping friends, planning trips, running errands, assisting at the Center, and staying in touch. I wondered what would happen if all this stopped and I was alone for a year with my meditation cushion? Would there be benefits? Would it be hard? Would my family be okay? Would I miss many things? What?
It is my great hope that I might share this deep longing with others and that it might be of benefit in some way. So I will share what I can, here, with you. May you be well.
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