In just over a week, I'm going to be staying at a Theravada vihara from the Friday night, through until early Monday afternoon. I'll be staying in the meditation hut, and there will be the abbot there at the vihara too... but I'm not sure if there are any other resident bhikkhus there. The abbot says that a lunch meal will be provided (presumably by the Sri Lankan lay followers, when he eats before noon) and that I should take some warm, comfortable clothes and a sleeping bag. My goal for the trip is simply to work on the Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration aspects of my practice, so as to hopefully develop some wisdom, erode some defilements and help increase my 'mindfulness habits'.
So, I wanted to get some input from people, based on their experiences, on what I should take, what should I do by way of formalities (request refuge etc.), and what should I do by way of daily timetable, and meditation?
My "plan of attack" would be to arrive on the Friday night, discuss arrangements with the abbot, find out what his upcoming daily schedule is like so I can work around that. I also plan to give dana at some stage before I'm gone (should I do that straight away?). He only eats one meal a day, so in readiness for the morning, I'll take some 'breakfast bars' because although I intend to keep to the eight precepts whilst I'm there, I don't think I can do a single meal a day.
By way of meditation subjects, on the Saturday I'd like to start with anapanasati until maybe early-afternoon and then kick off into satipatthana. On Sunday, maybe just an hour of anapanasati, before heading off into satipatthana territory. Then on Monday, satipatthana only, until my family comes to pick me up around 2 o'clock.
Some of the satipatthana will involve walking meditation as I doubt my ability to sit for extended periods of time exceeding a few hours.
Anyway, that's it... just thought I'd throw that all out there, and see if anyone had any ideas or suggestions to contribute. I'm sure it will all be fine, it's just that I don't get the opportunity to go on retreat very often, so I want to maximise the benefit from it. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.