There’s an “assistant teacher” who, unlike Goenka, is physically present at the retreat; his job is basically to press play on the DVDs
You can also sign up for 5 minute post-lunch “interviews” with the assistant teacher (the only time you’re allowed to talk)
The assistant teacher for my retreat was Bob Cannon, an allegedly masterful electrician who wore head-to-toe khaki, never smiled, and walked like a bot.
Bob was really cool actually. My answer to the “what prescription drugs do you take?” question on the course application prompted a call from Bob a couple weeks before the retreat:
Bob Cannon: 20 milligrams of Celexa, that’s for…?
Me: Depression. But I stopped taking it. I’m totally fine now.
Bob Cannon: …
Me: Totally 100% totally fine.
Bob Cannon: So you know, difficult emotions and traumatic memories can and often do bubble up during these retreats.
Me: Uh huh.
Bob Cannon: If you want to share a little bit about the nature of your depression, how it used to be, or if any of those symptoms linger in the present, I may be able to give you some advice based on my own experience.
Me: (mumbles something about being totally fine)
Bob Cannon: Okay, fine..1 milligram of finasteride, what’s that?
I had stopped taking Celexa, but I was not totally fine at all (muahahaha)! In any case he encouraged me to check in with him the first couple days during teacher interviews
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