Beginner’s Tip of the Week: Go on Retreat

Meditation retreats are one of the most useful things we can do for our practice. Whether you have been sitting for years or are new to the practice, a retreat can really help provide a great foundation for insight. Retreats allow people to dive a little more deeply into their practice without the distractions of the outside world. I make it a point to go on several retreats a year, as I have found them that important to my practice.

Going on retreat may seem scary to some people. Spending so much time in silence is foreign to most of us. It’s okay. Many people feel that way before going on retreat (even if they’ve gone before). You may start by attending a short retreat or a daylong retreat. Daylongs take place over a day in which meditation instruction and practice periods are offered. There are many different things going on across the world and online at varying prices. If you would like help finding something that would be a good fit for you, you’re always welcome to email me at and I will do my best to point you in the right direction!

I also offer Beginner’s Tips on my podcast “Dharma Talk.” Listen to a friend and me talk about these tips in more depth at

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