A group in Port Townsend offers day-long Saturday sits, often on the second Saturday of the month, usually in a private home.
These day-long retreats provide an opportunity to deepen practice, to engage in longer meditations and for dharma study.
The program offers two formats for these monthly Days of Mindfulness (DoMs): A “Teacher-led DoM” or a “Quiet Day”.
The Teacher-led DoM is focused on instruction, with either a live teacher or a recorded video of a teacher.
A Quiet Day gives more time to silence and extended meditation practice (walking and sitting), with perhaps a brief guided meditation in the morning and a taped (audio) dharma talk in the afternoon.
A typical retreat day begins at 9:00 or 10:00 AM, and finishes between 4:00 and 5:00 PM. A shared lunch is taken in silence, and participants bring their contribution to the shared lunch.
Participants are requested to hold the intention of committing to the whole day when they register. This helps to strengthen and stabilize the group energy throughout the day. Participants bring any meditation items (cushions, shawls) needed. Chairs will be provided.