Members of FCM have the extraordinary opportunity to experience a solitary retreat in a tranquil space in which to meditate and study at a deeper level under the skillful guidance of Dharma Teacher, Fred Eppsteiner. Two spaces are used for solitary retreats, Empty Cloud Cottage and FCM's Lambright House Apartment.
A private retreat differs from a group meditative setting. In a solo retreat student and teacher set the meditation schedule and choose the focus of the practice. Since solo practitioners have to rely on their own inspiration and self-discipline to practice, there is more opportunity for touching deeper reservoirs within themselves, strengths and abilities that they might have doubted lay within. Also in solitary retreat the students have a unique experience in modern America...an opportunity to spend time away from the myriad distractions of daily life that they conspire with to keep from looking deeply within. In solitary retreat, you as a student can learn how to dwell alone in happiness and well-being. There is also the opportunity to meet daily with the teacher and receive the relentless energy of that individual to prod you out of the familiar and comfortable, to help you wake up. Solo retreats lasting from three to seven days are available to members of FCM who have attended retreats and who have an established relationship with the teacher Fred Eppsteiner.
Frequently Asked Questions About Solitary Retreats