Cultivating Concentration and the Jhana Factors

Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness Meditation Practices

A Group Silent Buddhist Meditation Retreat Guided by Shaila Catherine. February 18-28, 2020

Cultivating Concentration and the Jhana Factors Daily group instructions will explore mindfulness with breathing and loving-kindness practices as vehicles for examining the powerful role that concentration plays on the path of awakening. Group and one-to-one guidance will tailor the practices to meet the needs and interests of individual students. This silent retreat is structured with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, dhamma teachings, and teacher consultations. It will provide an ideal occasion for nurturing serenity and calmness, and introducing the basics of concentration practices.

This retreat, nestled in a redwood forest, offers a secluded and intimate environment for deep meditation practice. Just a few minutes’ walk from the meditation hall you will find yourself strolling along creek side paths, surrounded by the powerful serenity of the redwood forest.   This retreat is intended for experienced meditators who already have an established mindfulness based practice. Accommodations are primarily in comfortable single or double hotel-style rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

This retreat will be held in Loma Mar, California at the lovely Redwood Glen Retreat Center. This convenient location is a 15 minute drive from Pescadero State Beach and a 1 hour drive from either the San Francisco airport or the San Jose airport. Details about this retreat, and other meditation retreats in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Europe led by Shaila Catherine, are posted at   SHAILA CATHERINE has led meditation retreats worldwide since 1996. She authored two books on deep concentration (jhana) and insight meditation (vipassana). Shaila is personally dedicated to meditation practice and has accumulated nine years of silent retreat practice. She is founder of Insight Meditation South Bay (, a Buddhist meditation center in Silicon Valley, and of Bodhi Courses ( where she offers two online courses each year on topics related to concentration and insight meditation.

Retreat Location:
Bodhi Retreats at Loma Mar, CA, USA

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