Residential meditation retreats: their role in contemplative practice and significance for psychological research

Brandon G. King, Quinn A. Conklin, Anthony P. Zanesco, Clifford D. Saron

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Abstract

Contemporary investigations of mindfulness and meditation have predominately emphasized the short-term effects of brief inductions or standardized, multi-week interventions in people with little to no prior meditation experience. Considerably less is known about the effects of continued or intensive meditation practice as proficiency and expertise are acquired over time. In this article, we describe the form and function of residential retreats, an understudied class of meditation intervention that holds promise for bridging this gap in the empirical literature. We outline a number of design features that distinguish retreats from other meditation-based interventions, and highlight their utility for informing functional and developmental perspectives on meditation, cognition, health, and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-244
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume28
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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