Meditation Retreat Kit Available for Purchase

We are happy to announce the immediate release of our first meditation retreat kit, Bodhi House Retreat.

More details and information about the kit can be found on the Retreat Kit website.  You can order directly from our shop now and for a limited time you can save $3 using the coupon code 3dollars at checkout.

This kit is designed to provide you the components you need to hold a meditation retreat in any setting without needing to have an  experienced or designated leader during the retreat.  All it requires is some basic technology such as an smartphone, computer or tablet and a little bit of time planning and formatting your retreat.

The kit is made up of distinct sound files that you can assemble in any order to create the retreat experience that best meets your needs.  There are tracks that announce activities like silent or moving meditation, tracks that announce the length of the upcoming session and even tracks to announce breaks and meal periods.

Some instances where these kits may be helpful include:

  • You are going on vacation and would like to dedicate anywhere from a couple hours to a couple days to silent contemplation.
  • You want to spend a day at home in meditation, but find it hard to stay focused without some guidance.
  • You have a small group that would like to hold a retreat but no one is comfortable leading the retreat.
  • You really need a retreat NOW, but there is nothing close by, affordable, or that meets your schedule.

There are three main components to this kit:

  1. The Basic Retreat Kit. This kit has fewer options and is simpler to organize.  This is perfect for a personal retreat.  Since there are fewer options to choose from it will allow you to create a retreat quickly with minimal effort. This kit contains 18 audio tracks.
  2. The Advanced Retreat Kit.  This kit has more options but requires you to plan out and arrange, in detail, every aspect of the retreat.  This kit offers you maximum flexibility to build a retreat that meets your exact needs and preferences.  It is very important for the person creating the playlist to double and triple check the order of events to ensure they make sense and will flow smoothly for the participants.  This kit contains 64 audio tracks.
  3. Singing Bowl Meditation Timers. These can be used for personal meditation and in conjunction with the retreat kits.  Each of these timers begins with fifteen seconds of silence, then three chimes of a singing bowl, followed by silence and ending with three more singing bowl chimes. These are perfect for your daily meditation practice.  There are tracks for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45 and 60 minute meditations.  These meditation timers may be downloaded separately for free here.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us but please allow for up to 48 hours for a response.

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French Bread 101: See the video now

Redman Productions is pleased to share with you a sample of our recent project, French Bread 101. In this video we move proofed loaves into the oven and bake them. Then after allowing them to rest we cut into a loaf and give it the all-important taste test. You can almost smell the bread as Marc cuts into it the first time. Marc’s skill as a baker and a teacher shines through as he explains and demonstrates each step of the process clearly and carefully.

This is the last of eight videos in the French Bread 101 course produced for Bakewell Farm. The series was produced as a supplement to Bakewell Farm’s in-person French Bread 101 course. If you want to learn more about how to get the dough oven ready you will need to sign up for their class. Trust us, it is well worth it.

This video was filmed using an overhead camera to help ensure you see the process of bread making just as if you were doing it yourself. You see exactly what Marc is doing through each step of the process. This unique perspective compliments the hands-on aspects of the live class by allowing the student to review the process in detail, pausing and rewinding as needed.  Weeks later when you are trying to remember that special way that Marc kneads the dough, instead of wishing you could remember it, you can instead replay the video of that part of the class.

The filming was done in one day non-sequentially to allow us to keep rolling tape, so to speak, even when we were waiting for dough to rest or rise.  This saved time and allowed us to maintain a consistent energy level and performance throughout the production.

We hope you enjoy this sample of our work and if you have any questions or comments please drop us a note using the contact form.

And yes, we did enjoy the bread that was made that day, but true to the mission of Bakewell Farm, loaves where also shared with others.

Sīvali Needs You

The Sīvali documentary is in production. The primary activity at the moment is recording interviews.  To date we have recorded a total of five interviews, three of these with Sīvali himself.

Now we would like to hear from you…

If you have a story you would be willing to share, on camera, about your experience with John “Sīvali” Mulligan let us know by completing this form.  Please read the entire form carefully before submitting your story.

We will be collecting stories for several weeks and then reviewing them separately from the submitter’s name.  We will then arrange a time for recording the submissions we wish to film for possible inclusion in the documentary.  Please note that neither submission of the form, nor filming of an interview guarantees inclusion in the final film.

Loan of an action camera needed…

We are also looking for the loan of a GoPro style action camera capable of true 4K video with a waterproof housing.  If you have one you can loan us or  you can help with the filming that day if you prefer to keep an eye on your equipment (date TBD), please fill out our contact form and let us know the brand and model of the camera, please also confirm you have a reliable waterproof housing for the camera.

Sīvali and Huey the temple dog check the mail at Bodhi House.

Free Meditation Timers

We are proud to offer you these free downloadable meditation timers. Using these timers allows you to have a period of quiet reflection or meditation without having to look at the clock or wonder about time. If you have five minutes but not ten to sit in meditation this will allow you to do just that and still get to work on time, get the kids off to school or be on time for that important meeting at work (yes, you can meditate at work).

These meditations timers are simple MP3 files. You can use them on any computer or device capable of paying back MP3 files such as smart phone, tablet or other MP3 player.

Each track begins with 15 seconds of silence and then a singing bowl is struck three times to start the meditation. What follows is a period of silence the same length as the name of the track. Finally at the end of the silent period the singing bowl is struck three more times.

This is what the singing bowls sound like.


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Sīvali Documentary in Production

Production is underway on the Sīvali documentary.

John Mulligan , ordained as Sīvali, is a Buddhist Upāsaka or “lay disciple” and currently resides in Adams County Pennsylvania.  He has been active in Buddhist Prison Ministry as well as the Director of Bodhi House, a post release housing facility for men reentering society after incarceration. He also actively supports the Buddhist and mindfulness meditation communities of South Central Pennsylvania as the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Gettysburg.

This is just a small glimpse of the story of Sīvali.  There is much more…

We will soon be collecting your stories for possible inclusion in this documentary.

Sīvali sitting in the meditation room at Bodhi House during an interview.