I thought it might be worth exploring the different opinions on the role and benefit of meditation retreats in modern Dhamma practice.
There may of course be secondary benefits associated with meditation, but I'm looking to hone in on the specific "root issue" that meditation retreats are looking to improve or resolve.
Feel free to share your personal experiences, but avoid any criticism of others.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)