Retreat Etiquette and Schedule

During the retreat, meditators are expected to maintain the rules of the centre and participate in all group activities. This is to support your meditation practice and harmony with other meditators. All initial retreats at this monastery are for a minimum 4 nights and maximum of one week. If you would like to extend your stay, please ask the head monastic at the end of that period.

Daily Routine

5:00 - 6:00 am - Group Meditation (Dhamma Hall)

6:30 - 7:30 am - Breakfast and Cleanup

8:00 - 10:00 am - Working Meditation

10:15 - 11:15 - Individual Meditation (Dhamma Hall)

11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch

After lunch no food is allowed. Beverages are okay at any time.

12:30 - 1:00 pm - Rest

1:00 - 2:00 pm - Dhamma Discussion (Dhamma Hall)

2:00 - 5:00 pm - Walking and Sitting

5:00 - 6:00 - Tea Time: Hot Drinks (Maintain Silence)

6:00 - 9:00 pm - Evening Group Meditation (Dhamma Hall)

9:00 - 10:00 pm - Meditation in your room

10:00 pm - Lights out

Awareness: Whatever you are doing, try to bring awareness to each action. Whether you are gardening, walking, showering, cooking or drinking tea, these are all opportunities for meditation practice.

Keep to the schedule: Please stay aware of time and be punctual to group meditation practice and meetings. Observing this schedule is part of meditation practice.

Meditation schedule: Visitors should meditate for at least four hours each day in the meditation hall. Traditionally, a schedule of 13-15 hours of meditation was observed in order to help you progress your practice to the next stage.

Silence: Please maintain silence, except for necessary communications or talking to the teacher.

Please limit the use of telephone, email, reading, and music: However, if you really need to contact someone you may ask the head monk. Reading and listening to music are not allowed during meditation retreats. Please make sure your family knows you will not be taking messages while on retreat. You must keep your mobile phone, MP3 player, etc. in the office while you are staying at Santipada.

Conserve Resources: Please be mindful of using lights, gas, water and other resources while at the temple.

Food: All food is to be kept and consumed in the kitchen and dining area. The centre does not allow any alcohol, drugs or cigarettes on the property. We do not allow the consumption of meat, however milk, cheese and eggs are allowed. Unless you have a medical need, food is not to be consumed at the temple after 1pm. Beverages are okay at any time.

Accommodation: During your stay please keep your room neat and clean at all times. When you finish your stay, please put any dirty linen from the temple in the laundry room.

If you cannot keep these rules for any reason please speak to someone in the office.

Retreat cost: The centre is a not-for-profit organization and relies on the kindness and generosity of others to sustain it.

A contribution of $60 a day would cover the food, accommodation and general maintenance of the centre.

To apply for a retreat click here.


Sunday Meditation: 10am – 12pm and potluck lunch. Dana: koha or food for monk.