Video: Experience ten minutes of an eight-week “Retreat”

By Canadian filmmaker David Cherniack, a new documentary film follows thirty-five Westerners as they attempt an eight-week, silent retreat.

Rod Meade Sperry
28 March 2013

Made by Canadian filmmaker David Cherniack, the new documentary film Retreat follows thirty-five Westerners — some who are beginners at meditation – “as they attempt an intense, eight-week, silent retreat in Thailand with the American Buddhist teacher, B. Alan Wallace. The meditation practice they’re learning is shamatha, or calm abiding, stilling the mind with sustained, one-pointed, concentration.”

Watch the first ten minutes of Retreat here:

RETREAT – the first 10 minutes of the 108 minute feature documentary from David Cherniack on Vimeo.

DVD and high definition Blu-Ray editions of the film, which include “an immersive, surround-sound soundtrack” are now available

More from Retreat‘s official description: “The film follows the retreat from start to finish. We see it through Alan’s eyes and through the difficulties experienced by four of the retreatants recorded on video diaries. Tension builds when one retreatant has a sustained psychotic episode and things threaten to come apart. Afterward they come together in surprising and touching ways.”

Rod Meade Sperry. Photo by Megumi Yoshida, 2024

Rod Meade Sperry

Rod Meade Sperry is the editor of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Guide (published by Lion’s Roar), and the book A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his partner and their tiny pup, Sid.