March - April, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: It would be very beneficial for the SCOL staff, volunteer cooks, and retreat team if everyone could register as soon as possible. There are menus to plan, food items to purchase, cabins to prepare, volunteers to organize. Thank you!
The Personal Retreat Season provides an opportunity for individuals with prior retreat experience who can practice independently to do personal retreat in a supportive group environment.
Individuals who wish to take part will need to have approval from their primary mentor and have a specific plan for retreat worked out in conjunction with their mentor (see below).
Both the length of retreat and the specific program of practice should be agreed to in advance. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that people who have not done individual retreat before limit their first personal retreat to a few days. Individuals who have done personal retreat before can consider a gradual increase to the length of their retreat, if so inclined.
Retreatants will follow a common schedule for practice sessions. The schedule of practice provides the basic discipline for the retreat environment. Individuals may of course practice outside of the formal schedule, but they can expect that others may be doing chores or walking around the cloister at that time. While there will be variations in individual practice according to the retreat plan established in consultation with mentors, all are expected to maintain the community discipline and follow the schedule.
In addition to the personal sessions, after dinner there will be a session of about 45 minutes for group practice and the recitation of aspiration prayers. While this retreat is primarily personal retreat with most practice done alone, all participants are be expected to attend the group session. What an individual does during personal sessions can be worked through with a mentor, but retreatants are asked to stay in their practice spaces during the session and not move about the cloister. There will be extended periods of silence each day to limit distractions and to enhance the ability to carry the practice between sessions.
Limited Onsite Mentor Support
For much of the time, mentors from KCC will be onsite during the retreat. Though they will be primarily engaged in their own retreat, it will be possible to check in with one of them should the need arise. Lama Eric will also be available by phone if there is urgent need.
Retreat Application Process
Retreat applicants should fit the following qualifications:
- Be able to practice independently for the duration of their retreat.
- Be willing to commit to following the daily schedule including the evening group practice.
To apply, please do the following:
- Contact your principal mentor to create a plan for your retreat. People you can contact about setting a plan for your retreat include: Lama Eric, Chimey Beran, Loden Gladstone, Zopa Herron, and Peter Wood. If you are not associated with a teacher at KCC, please work with your current mentor to develop a retreat plan suitable for you. Then forward a note from your mentor which indicates that they have approved your retreat plan to one of the people listed above.
- Register. During the registration process, you will be asked to indicate the KCC person with whom you will be working. For registration questions, contact the Retreat Manager.
6:00-7:20 Early Session
7:20-9:00 Breakfast Break (Breakfast 7:30)
9:00-10:30 Morning Session I
10:30-11:00 Tea Break
11:00-12:00 Morning Session II
12:00-2:00 Lunch Break (Lunch 12:15)
2:00-3:30 Afternoon Session I
3:30-4:00 Tea Break
4:00-5:00 Afternoon Session II
5:00-6:30 Dinner Break (Dinner 5:30)
6:30-7:15 Evening Group Session
Three vegetarian meals will be served daily.
Retreatants will assist the cook and ensure that the facility remains clean and orderly throughout the duration of the retreat. You should expect to contribute ½ to 1 hour per day in this effort. Chores will be done during the three meal breaks. There will be extra chores at the end to leave the facilities in a clean and functional state at the end of the retreat. If it snows, chores may need to be rearranged so that able bodied retreatants can shovel snow within the cloister.
There is a three tiered cost structure for the retreat. It is intended to encourage longer retreats and reflects the reduced impact on staff when there is less coming and going.
Seven nights or less: $50 per person/per day
Eight to 14 nights: $45 per person/per day
More than 14 nights: $40 per person/per day
Assistance for those in need of up to 50% of retreat cost may be available. Priority is given to KCC supporting members.
To apply for a scholarship:
Send an email to email@example.com, briefly stating: (1) your financial circumstances, (2) the amount you are requesting and (3) your history as a practitioner.
Wait to register until you receive an email response stating the amount of scholarship funds awarded to you.
For more information, go to KCC Scholarship Guidelines.