Here’s the longer version of Jean & Kevin’s thoughts from our testimonials page:
In the very late Spring as it transitioned to Summer, I had the good fortune to attend a Meditation retreat led by David at Star Island. My memories of serenity, light, beauty and discoveries are still so vivid that I realize this retreat to have been not only a high point in my life, but one of personal transformation. He shared lessons and readings that I continue to use. Our walks of nature observation led me to be more observant at home. David created a setting of semi-solitude in a corner of a busy island for our mornings of silent sitting and walking and it is this practice that continues to sustain me. The retreat was so worth me coming all the way from the Pacific Northwest to experience.
— Jean Spohn, Retired
Star Island Meditation Retreat is a wonderful experience. You spend mornings in silent group sitting and walking meditation, as well as individual meditation, surrounded by the natural beauty of this unique island. In the afternoon, you are free to go off on your own and meditate, or bask in the beauty of the island and relax, or take advantage of the many cultural and social programs offered at Star. In the evening, the group comes together again to share an evening candelit spiritual program. I’ve found that the combination of silent meditation mornings combined with social and cultural afternoons help me to better understand how to integrate meditation practice in my daily life. Having been to several silent 10 day retreats in other settings, I was looking for a retreat that would be deep enough to satisfy me. But we wanted to find one that was more approachable for my wife, who had never been on a meditation retreat. We found this retreat to be spiritual, uplifting, and relaxing, and have returned twice.
— Kevin O’Keefe, Engineer