My fingers have been walking
I have been combing the internet looking for and researching online retreats. In particular, I was searching specifically for online retreats for women and men, couples retreats and retreats for everyday life.
And even more specifically I was looking for the more traditional meditation/spiritual based online retreats that are focused on deepening concentration, insight, raising our awareness and consciousness and getting in touch with our true self.
Really, the conclusion is that many retreats, particularly those that are online are not specifically designed for any of these cohorts, they are suitable for everyone and that’s a great thing. It’s not divisive and the principles apply whether you are male or female, coupled or single.
Few and far between
But, I have to say that the vast majority that are available (and there are but only a few) are live recordings of retreats aside from the ‘in person’ retreats.
The fact that they are recorded isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. They are a great option if you can’t attend a retreat due to time, cost or other factors. See my article Best Ways to Meditate at Home – Top Retreat Tips.
Recorded retreats also give you the opportunity to be exposed to some of the Masters such as Eckhart Tolle that you wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to or perhaps only minimally through the odd YouTube video etc. So, they are great for that and you will feel a greater connection with the teacher than you would ordinarily feel.
Aside from the controlled conditions one experiences attending a retreat in the flesh, there is no reason why you cannot experience great transformation, profound insights or a growth in your awareness, mindfulness or meditation practice.
Read on though if you want a real time connection.
Real Time Connection
But, what if you want to experience a retreat at the time that it is actually running but can’t for some reason actually physically be there, would like to be connected with others (including the teacher) in real time or you just want to be home whilst you do it?
Though it was difficult to find retreats online, I finally have the answer. As I said, I frequently comb the net searching for such things and they are few and far between but I did find two.
Update: I originally provided details of two online retreats in this article, but I have since deleted one. Why?
Upon further investigation and without going in to great detail I questioned the legitimacy and genuineness of the Buddhist Monk upon which this retreat’s teachings were based and delivered.
Although I can appreciate that not all Monks are enlightened and are on their own journey as are we all, my sense was that this person was untruthful, defensive, self-important and very much in ego. Therefore, I would question his ultimate motives.
As a consequence I have deleted information about this particular retreat. I’d rather be safe than sorry as the well-being of my readers is paramount.
So, that left me with one online retreat that I can share with you.
Here we go.
Online Retreats – Meditative and Spiritual
#1 – A New Way of Being
When: 11 March to 29 April (registrations close 8 March)
Cost: $390.00 (scholarships available)
I mentioned in a previous post relating to doing a meditation retreat at home that part of the beauty of being at home whilst retreating is that you can actually integrate what you are learning into your daily life in a very practical and real way.
This is often the challenge if one attends a retreat center for a period of time and then returns home without the support and/or the controlled environment one experiences on a retreat. It can be a little overwhelming following a retreat (as you are bombarded by a cacophony of sound and activity upon your return into ‘real’ life) and therefore it can be challenging to maintain your practise and integrate what you have learnt.
What I love about this online retreat is that that is the premise of this retreat. Adyashanti acknowledges this aspect (i.e. integrating when you return home) and so has developed the retreat on this basis. You are participating in a retreat amidst your life, within your normal environment, as you are going about your day to day life with your work and other commitments and responsibilities.
I think this is wonderful and because of this you will really be able to see the change that retreating and practising at home can have on every area of your life and your interactions.
I can’t actually think of a better way to see how the benefits of retreat can actually impact your life. And at least this way with a teacher with you for two months, you can actually ask questions and be guided (something you can’t do if you use a recorded retreat).
In some cases, people do attend retreats in the flesh for some 2-3 months but these are usually those people that are massively committed to their spiritual growth and therefore have structured their life to allow for such retreats, or it’s a calling e.g. they may be monks, nuns etc.
Outside of that though, most retreats that you attend as a layperson are either a weekend or at the most a week in duration.
This online retreat is for a period of two months. This may sound daunting, but if you are committed you will get so much more out of it. Importantly though, you also need to remember that you will not be retreating all day and night.
I mean this in the sense that you will not be cloistered away or have to sit in front of your computer for 8 hours a day and listen to the retreat teachings or put a stop to your every day life.
The course is designed around the fact that you are living your daily life. Perfect!
But the beauty is that you will have access to Adyashanti through live broadcasts and call in questions and via email direct to Adyashanti.
Also, you are able to participate in conference calls (virtual gatherings) that involve small breakout group with other retreatants to connect, share and inquire together. So, you’ll get your connection here too and the encouragement you may need to keep going.
In addition, after the retreat ends you will have access to all materials for 60 days and you can also download all audio so you can access them at anytime in the future – they’re yours.
Following is an extract of what you can expect:
To learn more about the Adyashanti Online Retreat click here.
#2 Another option
If neither of these options suit, as mentioned, I have sourced a couple of recorded retreats that might be of interest to you.
These are retreats by Eckhart Tolle, a Master. I will always be an advocate of his. He brings much calm and peace to me and others I believe whether one is in his actual presence or not. And, I believe his consciousness transcends the need to be in his presence and thus can still have a great impact on us.
The teachings are the teachings wherever you may be and they can be just as transforming.
Just click on the images below to learn more.
Whatever resonates for you whether it be a recorded retreat, a physical retreat or an online retreat I encourage you to try it out.
Here’s the link again:
Retreats are life changing. I am testament to that.
I wish you well and would love to hear about your experience or your thoughts on this article.
Go forth with ease and just be!