This talk reviews the commitments that support an effective retreat experience: The Three Refuges–Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha–and the Five Precepts–Noble Silence, Harmlessness, Avoiding Intoxicants, Avoiding Sexual Preoccupations and Respect for Another Person’s Property–in ways that are relevant for a secular participant in a week-long residential retreat.  Other suggestions regarding the practice of mindfulness of breathing meditation are provided to increase the benefits of the retreat.