YOUR RETREAT EXPERIENCE
Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center is a place of reflection, spiritual practice, and healing. We seek to cultivate and maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to spiritual practice and the well-being of our guests and staff. The spirit and energy of our space is often remarked upon by visitors and retreatants.
Unless otherwise stated, retreats are silent. A detailed schedule is provided when you arrive for registration. Please plan to arrive between 3:pm-5pm on the first day of the retreat. You will be expected to remain for the duration of the retreat unless otherwise cleared with the administration. Wake-up bells ring at 5:30 am and the first meditation begins at 6 am. The final session ends at 9:30 pm. Each student participates in work meditation which is a 15-30 minute period in which you donate your time and energy to helping with chores at the center. Some examples of work meditation are dish washing, cutting vegetables, sweeping and wiping tables.
HOUSING: MALES AND FEMALES ARE HOUSED IN SEPARATE ROOMS, THOUGH NOT NECESSARILY IN SEPARATE BUILDINGS.
In order to maintain this spiritual energy, we request that all visitors – during Flowering Lotus observe some basic guidelines during the retreat.
Alcohol and Drugs
The consumption of alcohol and recreational drugs and other intoxicants is not permitted. Prescription medications may be used.
The retreat center, residential properties, and grounds are entirely smoke-free. Smokers may go off the grounds to smoke, but are asked to wash their hands afterward and to avoid wearing clothing that smells of smoke around other participants.
Couples may not be assigned to the same rooms at Flowering Lotus. We request that all visitors abstain from sexual activity while on the premises.
WHAT TO BRING
Please pack lightly (a carry-on bag is more than sufficient). Please bring modest, loose fitting clothing, avoiding tank tops and deeply cut tops. Blouses with sleeves are preferred. Layered clothing is best. Also please bring an alarm clock (non-ticking), unscented toiletries, shawl, water bottle with air tight lid, easy to slip-on shoes.
Healthy snacks---please bring healthy snacks that can be shared by all between meals.
Once you register you will receive a specific packing list.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Scented toiletries, candles, incense, rustling and noisy clothing like synthetic jogging suits, meat or seafood, alcohol or drugs (other than medically prescribed).
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We provide delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals, blankets, shawls, meditation cushions, and a lovely, peaceful environment.