Silent Retreats

Living in intimacy with the Heart

The Hridaya Silent Meditation Reteat – A Homecoming into your authentic Self

The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique immersion experience which uses an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques to access your real and essential nature, known as the Spiritual Heart, the Supreme Self, or atman.

During the retreat, you will explore the Spiritual Heart from a variety of perspectives, including esoteric Christianity, Sufism, and Kashmir Shaivism. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet and merge into the same ineffable Reality.

During this program you will stay in complete silence and keep a solitary attitude while receiving a set of inspiring teachings and lectures  to provide you with the opportunity to reach the deep states of consciousness that enable the revelation of the Heart. The approach is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Tantra Yoga, and Dzogchen.

You will learn a form of Self-Enquiry meditation inspired by the non-dual teachings of the great sage Ramana Maharshi.

Most importantly, this retreat will help you experience what it means to be centered in the Heart. This means to be aware of that peaceful and eternal core of your being, which cannot be perceived by the rational mind but is the source of all inspiration, love, and beauty.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginners and advanced meditators alike.

This retreat is guided in English.


Testimonials from the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats held in France


Content

The retreat includes guided meditations, lectures, and practical methods including:

  • The Self-Enquiry method of Ramana Maharshi (using the question “Who am I?”)
  • Techniques for stilling the mind using breath awareness
  • The symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
  • Methods of Self-centering in everyday life
  • How to maintain awareness of the Spiritual Heart, in the tradition of the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert (from Christianity)
  • Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental principles
  • Methods for moving from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
  • The four fundamental aspects of the process of revealing your True Nature
  • Daily themed meditations related to Self-awareness
  • Poetry
  • Hridaya Hatha Yoga sessions
  • A contemplation of death as a way to transcend desires and the tendencies of the ego
  • An inspiring lecture on the meaning of true love

Accommodation and Meals

During the retreat you will share a room with another retreat participant. These rooms are fairly simple, yet comfortable. Men and women stay in separate rooms. We ask you to take your own linen and towels with you. If this is not convenient, these can be provided for a small fee.

Three delicious vegetarian meals per day will be provided for the duration of the retreat. On the night of arrival there will be Dinner available and on the last day of the retreat we will leave after Lunch.


Schedule

On Thursday August 22nd you will arrive in the evening for an introduction. We will guide you to your room where you can unpack and fully arrive. We will all share a meal together and afterwards Mathijs and Esmé will explain some basic principles in regards to the retreat.

Once the retreat starts we will follow the below schedule:

7:00-9:00 Meditation (beginning in shorter segments)
9:00-9:45 Breakfast
9:45-11:00 Lecture
11:00-12:30 Hridaya Hatha Yoga
12:30-13:00 Meditation
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Karma Yoga
14:45-15:30 Rest
15:30-18:00 Meditation (beginning in shorter segments)
18:00-18:30 Time for personal practice
18:30-19:15 Dinner
19:15-20:15 Daily themed spiritual discourse and Q&A (length depends on the number of questions)
20:15-~21:00 Final evening meditation

 


Pricing and Booking

The price for the August three day retreat is € 325,-. The investment for the full seven day retreat is € 595,-. This includes accommodation, meals and teachings for the duration of your stay.
In case a company invoice is requested the price is excluding 21% VAT.

To book your retreat, please click this link and fill in the form.