Orientation was conducted during the first evening, in order to explain and introduce the important guidelines. "Noble Silence" started that evening. The practice of noble silence extend not only to essential verbal communication, it also include all actions for the three days. By making each action slowly with clear awareness, produced the desired results and benefits for meditation.
Each meditation session is an hour long and the Venerable did gave each yogi, especially for the benefit of beginners, the flexibilities to mindfully change postures. Venerable Katapunno emphasized that this is to be the last resort. Also to give people that participate in a long retreat the first time, the last two rows of the meditation hall were setup with both meditation cushions and meditation benches.
In addition, Ven Katapunno discussed about two important aspect that every serious meditators would agreed on: how to overcome Sloth & Torpor (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pesala/Pandita/html/mara.html#Sloth) and vicikicchā/ Doubt (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pesala/Pandita/html/mara.html#Doubt). Both are mjor "killer" of one's meditative life.