The retreat synthesises Theravada and Mahayana, in particular drawing from Insight and Kuan Yin practices and teachings that highlight depth realisation and compassionate response. Throughout the retreat there will be an interweaving of Theravada and Mahayana streams that co-inform each other and present an integrated whole. The retreat is held in noble silence and includes meditation instruction, Dharma talks, Qi Gong, mantra and chanting practice, and has a strong emphasis on devotional and ceremonial practice. Participants are offered regular individual guidance from Kittisaro and Thanissara.
Attendance at the retreat requires previous experience of long silent retreats (minimum 10 days) primarily either Kittisaro and Thanissara or Insight teachers and a core familiarity with Theravada / Insight teachings and practices, and an openness to Zen and Pure Land, in particular informed from Chinese Mahayana.