Just thought it would be a good idea to compile online retreats. I’ve done several at home alone and found them both very challenging and helpful over the years. I will try to do another at home retreat this year.
The Goenka retreat was the first place I was exposed to the teachings of the Buddha in a meaningful way and he is a good Dhamma teacher.
I have done 3 at home meditation retreats. I did 1 bhante Vimalaramsi Metta meditation retreat (however I switched to anapana about half way through and then back to Metta. Doing my first at home meditation retreat was incredibly challenging (much more so than at a center with meditators and no support aside from the Dhamma talks)
I did Doug Kraft’s online Metta meditation retreat next and it was absolutely wonderful. A very gentle and insightful teaching into the Jhanas and dependent origination and forgiveness.
My last at home retreat I aborted halfway, but it was Metta (walking and sitting) and I benefited immensely, even though I short changed myself (I was going through an incredibly challenging personal situation at the time, but I will never abort another retreat.
I also did a 3 or 4 day retreat about 7 years ago before I knew what the Buddha’s teachings really were.
In conclusion, for me, retreat centers and monasteries provide a much needed structure and support (even Goenka albiet not as good as speaking with monastics by a long shot). At home online retreats can be challenging, but if we can’t get to a center, they provide a great way to strengthen our concentration and ability to make deeper strides in our path to insight and liberation through the Noble Eightfold Path.
Every retreat I’ve done, whether the 3, 4, 8 or 10 day retreats, has given massive benefits to my life, my views and my understanding and seeing of the Dhamma.
From time to time, I will do 1 day retreats and I plan on doing them once a month going forward.
Doug Kraft’s Retreat (8 Days Metta and Jhana)
Bhante Vimalaramsi (8 day online forgiveness retreat)
Bhante Vimalaramsi (14 day Retreat)
Bhante Vimalaramsi (9 day retreat series of talks and instruction)
There are tons more retreats on Bhante Vimalaramsi’s YouTube channel under playlists.
Bhante Saranpala (Urban Buddhist Monk)
Bhante Punnaji (this one is not complete yet but first day uploaded today)
Ajahn Sujato Metta Retreat
Ajahn Brahmali Sutta retreat (9 days)
Bhante Rahula (Vipassana and Yoga Retreat)
Ajahn Sumedo retreat
Ajahn Brahm Retreats YouTube Channel
Ajahn Kalayano (6 day retreat)
Bhavana a Society YouTube Channel (Playlists with many retreats)
Bhante Suddhaso (Jhana Retreat)
Goenka 10 Day Vipassana Retreat