“Beginnings and endings are important” - Sangharakshita
We ask you to commit to attending the entire retreat. It is important that we value the time that we and others are putting aside to be here on retreat. A successful retreat is the fruit of everyone’s wholehearted participation. For the support and benefit of everyone, we ask that all participants arrive for the beginning of the retreat and stay until the end. We also ask you for the duration of the retreat to not to use your car, if you bring one, and to stay within walking distance of the retreat centre.
This creates a strong ‘container’ for the powerful transformative experience that being on retreat can be. A retreat needs to be approached with a degree of care and respect, both for ourselves and for others. We may be surprised at the greater degree of sensitivity we develop when on retreat. Therefore not to be present for the whole retreat can have a jarring effect that can lessen the experience both for ourselves and for other retreatants.
Being on retreat is a communal as well as an individual practice. Your wholehearted commitment also supports your fellow retreatants.