A very warm welcome!

Thanks for visiting this, my second blog! You can visit Heart and Soil to see what I get up to on our 40 odd acres of land in Exmoor, basketry, crafts and general things and stuff.

I thought I would start this blog off by doing a day by day diary of my 2008 solitary retreat. You can find my posts on the preparation for this retreat over at Heart and Soil on this link:

Many people have said to me that they wish they could do a solitary retreat, because 'they really need one'. That's why I decided to share one of my retreat experiences, to hopefully make going on retreat alone, a bit less mysterious and a bit more 'doable'.

Offered with much love for your continued happiness!

Solitary Retreat Diary

Please remember that in order for the diary section of this blog to make sense you should start from Day 1 and work your way through. At the moment the best way to do this is by using the labels list on the right.

I will compile a links list to make this easier when I have posted the last day... and when I have a minute!


Monday, 22 September 2008

Solitary Retreat - Basic Daily Schedule

This schedule is what I ended up doing naturally after a couple of days of settling in to the little solitary retreat cottage. I stayed there for a couple of weeks and got more out of it than I'd hoped!

  1. Wake up when I want
  2. Quick stretch
  3. Morning meditation - 20 mins to 1.5 hour (Breathing meditation followed by Just sitting meditation )
  4. Precepts and short puja
  5. Brekkie
  6. Study and writing
  7. Walk/Yoga/stretching
  8. Creative thing
  9. Midday meditation - 20 mins to 2 hours sitting meditation (Metta Bhavana and Just sitting)
  10. Walking meditation
  11. Lunch
  12. Study and writing
  13. Walking meditation
  14. Walk
  15. Dinner
  16. Study and writing
  17. Evening meditation - 1 - 3 hrs Breathing meditation, Sevenfold puja & Mantra recitation , Just sitting meditation
  18. Bedtime


PG said...

Two weeks is a long stretch. Well done for getting past that first bit and sticking to it.

At the moment I think I would welcome just one day to myself with nothing to do except write.

hen said...

It wasn't easy, by the third day I nearly came home!

If you need a break, go out of your way to make the time for one. Everything else in your life will benefit from it, even if it all has to wait a day or two.


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