Meditation Retreat Guidelines (Partial)

NamePeople InteractionsElectronicsEntertainmentRetreat ScheduleTeacher InteractionsMeals
In-Person Retreat
Noble silence unless speaking with teachers for practice discussions
Strictly no phones allowed
No access
Full day of alternating between sitting and walking meditation (~45 min each) with dhamma talks and chanting.
Private practice discussions with teachers
Vegetarian meals provided on-site
Virtual Retreat
Some noble silence, inform people living with you that you will be in a retreat. OK to conduct basic life chores and attend to family needs, but avoid unnecessary speaking
Ideally no phones, but ok to keep on for family needs
All reading and music discouraged
Same as in-person, but by Zoom
Private and group practice discussion with teachers by Zoom
Advised to mealprep/order delivery of vegetarian food
Virtual Retreat Auditing
Same as virtual, with allowance to skip sitting/meditation sessions as needed
Same as virtual
Same as virtual with allowance for work-necessary reading
Attend sessions as one's schedule allows
Group practice discussion with teachers by Zoom
Advised to mealprep/order delivery of vegetarian food
What I Actually Did
I had the apartment to myself this week, so it was easy to be quiet at home. I tried to not initiate conversations with people online but still ended up chatting with a few friends 😅
Muted all social media, deleted some apps altogether (LinkedIn, Twitter.)
Deleted YouTube, music, podcasting, book apps
1-2 sitting sessions for 4 days, a few dhamma talks and chanting sessions
Attended 1 group practice discussion and asked a question or two
Got delicious Indian vegetarian food delivered 🍛