I would like to hear how other people's first experience at a retreat was.
I want to know whether it was easy for you or was it difficult your first time.
Thank you for this topic Paliut. I hope it benefits all who read it.
My first retreat was a silent shamatha/vipassana retreat for 5 days. It involved sitting and walking meditation (apparently an idea Chogyam Trungpa developed for western students) so a little bit easier on the body.
I thought I would find not speaking fairly easy as I'm a bit of a loner but it was actually quite hard. Weirdly, what was really difficult was my perception that I was not being polite by not greeting people, saying please and thank you etc.
The emotional highs and lows were challenging but I did come to the rather useful conclusion that the highs were just as problematic as the lows. Something I now tend be more mindful of in daily life.
After the retreat some of my work colleagues asked me what it was like. I shared this article http://www.thechristianmeditator.com/10dayretreat.html
with them which, being in a Christian context, they could better relate to but still seemed to be quite a good description of a retreat situation.