Turning in of Consciousness - Five Day Silent Deprivation Retreat
We are creating a one of a kind journey that will be held in complete silence for all participants. Not only will we be silencing the voice, we will also incorporate the majority of our practices with closed eyes and sometimes closed ears also. We are exploring the yogic practice known as Pratyahara, or withdrawing the mind from the external sense world. A mind perpetually focused on the external cannot know the deeper facets of consciousness.
Type of Event
Retreat Space is limited to twenty four participants. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve your space. Payment can be made online through
WHY WOULD I DO THIS?
Often we look outside ourselves for answers and validation instead of slowing down, getting silent and seeing what arises. Life may appear too busy or laden with responsibilities to cultivate the time for personal retreat. For some, we may lack the self-discipline required to work and create lasting shifts in personal awakening. When we join as a sangha (like-minded, spiritual family) we can create an environment that supports and encourages processes that may lead to a more abiding sense of self.
Darkness or deprivation is an ancient Tibetan practice created to bring one to a space that is 'absent of light'. Originally this practice was taken from years to decades to aid the monks in learning to navigate the space between death and the next rebirth and also cultivating the rainbow light body. This practice in its gentler form is now being revived all over the world as a means to naturally facilitate shifts in consciousness. Tao Master, Mantak Chia has also written extensively on the benefits of this practice. Although we will not be entering a deprivation chamber we can begin to open ourselves SLOWLY to this powerful practice.
HOW IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN?
We have created a tentative schedule (subject to change) to provide an idea of how the retreat will be run. All activities are optional and many activities will be offered as a 'closed eyes/blindfolded' practice.
6:30 am - SILENT DEPRIVATION MEDITATION
7:30 am - GENTLE HATHA YOGA WITH SUBTLE BODY FOCUS
9:00 am - PRANA VIDYA (MOVEMENT AND MANIPULATION OF PRANA THROUGH BREATH)
9:45 am - METTA (LOVING KINDNESS TO ALL BEINGS)
10:00 am - FRUIT BREAKFAST AND GREEN SMOOTHIE
11:30 am - LECTURE OR GROUP ACTIVITY (1.5 HOURS)
1:00 pm - VEGETARIAN LUNCH
3:00 pm - GROUP ACTIVITY (2 HOURS)
5:00 pm - LIGHT FRUIT/VEGGIE SNACK AND TEA
7:00 pm - SILENT DEPRIVATION MEDITATION (1 or 2 hours)
10:00pm - LIGHTS OUT
We do not want to give away all that we are doing in advance but here are a few of the activities we are honored to share:
*SOUND HEALING BATH
*CLOSED EYES PARTNER EXERCISES OF SURRENDER
*CLOSED EYES SLOW CONTACT MOVEMENT
*SHAMANIC DRUM JOUNEY
*LECTURE ~ LETTING GO OF EGO IDENTIFICATION