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I recently attended and completed a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course at the Northwest Vipassana Center in Onalaska, WA (http://www.kunja.dhamma.org/). While I can’t say that I had “fun” meditating for hours each day, I can say that the experience was worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and others and would consider doing it again.

During the retreat, we were asked not to use our technology devices. In fact, we were encouraged to turn them in to the center before the retreat began. I complied with the request but left mine in my car for the duration of the event.

The retreat began on a Wednesday evening with a light dinner then 8 pm meditation.  Once the 8 pm sit started, our 10-day noble silence began. During the retreat, there were many things that happened that we could not discuss nor could I share them on Facebook as I might usually do. I did, however, take some notes (ok…we weren’t supposed to be writing or taking notes either but I just could not help myself! Maybe next time I will refrain from writing).


Day 0 (Wednesday):

  • 6 pm – last real dinner and talking for 10 days…better make it good!
  • 8 pm – start of noble silence

Day 1 (Thursday):

  • 4:00 am – I KNOW that was not a gong I just heard waking me up at 4 am. Oh, wait, it was.
  • 4:20 am – joined a line of sleepwalkers heading to the meditation hall
  • 4:30 am – first morning sit – this is going great!
  • 4:40 am – oh, now I am getting sleepy…maybe I should have stayed in bed
  • 5:30 am – made it through an hour…heading back to my room
  • 8:00 am – first formal group sit today
  • 11 am – lunch!!!!! and a break until 1
  • 1 – 2:30 optional room sit
  • 2:30 – group sit in the hall
  • 3:30 – 5 optional room sit
  • 5:00 – dinner! Oh wait, nothing to get excited about…tea and a piece of fruit…stomach growl
  • 6 pm – group sit
  • 7 pm – evening discourse
  • 8:30 – group sit
  • 9:30 lights out – first official day is over

Day 2 (Friday)

  • 8 am sit – is someone next to me wearing lavender lotion? Ugh…I can’t breathe!!!! Very allergic!!!! Must talk to course manager. Oh, great excitement to speak!

Day 3 (Saturday)

  • 11 am – lunch – is that a CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE??????? OMG!!!!!!

Day 4 (Sunday)

  • 12 noon – this WAS going to be my shower day but the water is out…so…just rough it for another day. It’s not like people around me can talk and tell me I stink. :-0)

Day 5 (Monday)

  • Water back on but big scare this morning – no power = no hot water = no shower!!!! Good thing the power came back on before lunch. I am sure they would have kicked me out for aroma issues.

Day 6 (Tuesday)

  • Can’t believe I have meditated 30 hours in 6 days. That is some kind of record for me.
  • Finally had to ask for protein at dinner. Tea and fruit were not cutting it. Yeah cottage cheese!

Day 7 (Wednesday)

  • Getting antsy for the days to pass a little faster. When you aren’t talking or working on the computer you sure have a lot of time to be aware of the passing of time.

Day 8 (Thursday)

  • 8 days already? Time for another shower. Woohoo!!!
  • Do I see CHOCOLATE CAKE on the table at lunch?????? Right ON!!!!
  • Big meditation breakthrough today – finally realizing that life is constant change – will I remember this in the morning???

Day 9 (Friday)

  • I am so dreaming of pepperoni pizza today…mmmm

Day 10 (Saturday)

  • We finally got to talk today after the morning sit…didn’t really want to at first but my roommate came over and chatted and helped break the ice. Felt weird to hear my voice. Sounded like it was coming from somewhere else.

Day 11 (Sunday)

  • Retreat ended at 6:30 am. Time for breakfast, pack the car, then drive to Idaho. Worthwhile experience!



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