Group Energization Exercises which were originated by Paramahansa Yogananda and are taught through the Self-Realization Fellowship home study lessons. Away from the chaos of a busy city whose daily needs drain a person of his balance, a retreat is an occasion that helps mankind to kindle the link between his life and spiritual revelation.
The retreat activities included morning and evening energization exercises, morning & evening long group meditations, along with the provision of watching audio and video screenings of various inspirational SRF teachings. The observation of strict silence for a few days helped in anchoring the mind into its true state of being.
All facilities provided at the retreat were conducive to extracting maximum benefit out of the time spent there. For stressed-out city dwellers, silent retreats -- being dubbed one of the biggest "travel trends" of 2013 -- may be the perfect antidote to the constant noise of busy, work-driven urban lives. If you're ready to completely unplug and recharge, you might want to consider taking a temporary vow of silence at one of the country's best spiritual centers. Located in a stone mansion on the scenic Massachusetts coast, the Jesuit-run retreat center offers silent retreats ranging from four days to one month in length.
With single-room accomodations for up to 50 guests, the retreat house offers greater privacy than many other meditation and retreat centers. The silence all around reflects back to your own inner silent space allowing a deep inward dive, the spaciousness contains and absorbs whatever needs to pass through you. Take a voyage through your mind and remove inner hindrances by spending some time in silent practice.
As you begin the silence of your retreat, you might be asking yourself what you are leaving behind and what you are beginning.
Sanjay has spent 3 months meditating at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, with half of this time in complete silence.
Each morning on this silent yoga retreat will begin with meditation, chanting, pranayama and  Ashtanga yoga (based at your physical yoga level). Before lunch on Saturday we take some time to learn about Self-Inquiry meditation and then work through this amazing meditation practice. Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic series, linking breath with postures and movement (sun salutations) to create a challenging, flowing yoga practice.
The practice room has a heated floor, and stunning bay windows which overlook the large mountain ash forest of the Yarra Valley National Park. Connecting inwards isn’t always easy with all the distractions of our busy city lives. Over the weekend we will develop a friendship with ourselves and with all other beings through a series of meditations designed to open the heart and develop loving kindness.
Ami Hasson is coming to join us on the Saturday of this silent yoga retreat for a special Crystal Sound Healing!
Using a full set of Crystal singing bowls and energy chimes, which are tuned to the tones of our Chakra energy system, Tibetan Bowls, Gong, voice toning and harmonics, Ami creates a deeply transformational journey. The frequencies that are being absorbed by the body transform the entire molecular structure of our being, promoting a good flow of prana by opening the energy channels, clearing the human body and energy field. Ami Hasson is a Melbourne-based sound therapist, musician, and music producer, originally from Israel, and working professionally in Australia since 2007. What It's Like to Go on a Silent Meditation Retreat: The Strange, the Challenging, and the Ahh-MAZE-ing!
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What It’s Like to Go on a Silent Meditation Retreat: The Strange, the Challenging, and the Ahh-MAZE-ing! I’ve just returned from a weeklong retreat in Northern California that was part silent meditation retreat and part mindfulness education training. I worried about the silent portion of the retreat {see Exhibit A}, but it ended up being delicious. It’s a very different way of being in the world when you “go inside.” We were told not to make eye contact with others or do things like holding doors for people.
It hadn’t even occurred to me before the retreat how liberating it would be to have permission to not engage in small talk, to not feel like I needed to fill the silence to avoid a sense of awkwardness.
It’s amazing to live for a few days with EVERYTHING stripped away — so many of the “things” we do during the day are often strategies to avoid our thoughts and the mess in our heads. Once we broke silence, I noticed after just a few minutes of speaking and engaging with people again that my heart rate sped up dramatically. Two days of complete digital and social detox revealed to me just how much energy my engagement with the world requires, and how much stimulation the digital world delivers. We practiced walking meditation sessions of 30-45 minutes each, in which we walked slowly and deliberately, eyes focused just a few feet in front. With my eyes open, there was a lot more distraction — I wanted to look at the trees, the mountains, the sheep, the sky… It was a powerful taste of the way in which our attention shifts and flows inward and outward, inward and outward. Remember that time Abby got a tick in her head and we noticed it in the bathtub and we just tried to pull it out and a leg came off and then just the leg was stuck in her head? While the purpose of meditation is to find the moments of awareness, discovering the destinations of my flights away from the present was powerfully instructive. A journey is emotional, perhaps spiritual, an exploration of new part of your identity, your soul.  It moves you inward … yet still possibly away from your known universe. Loved this…especially the part about waiting for the bell to ring…you never fail to make me laugh! My name is Sarah Rudell Beach, and I am a teacher, writer, mother, and mindfulness ambassador! Sunni has been a featured performer at many premier spoken word venues, including HBO's Def Poetry Jam.A  She has also had the privilege of speaking at the Panafest in Ghana, West Africa.

An Aborisha (Omo Oshun) and advocate of Holistic Health, Sunni has trained under such greats as Oluwo Afolabi Epega, Dr. Sonya Renee is easily one of the most distinguished, accomplished and recognizable females in the world of Performance Poetry and rightly so.A  She has redefined the role and impact of women in poetry slam since her whirlwind arrival on the scene in 2004, consistently ranking at the top of every major national and international poetry slam she has competed in.
It is a 3-day retreat from the Friday evening meal until Monday after lunch, with an option to stay for 2 days only.
Paramahansa Yogananda said, “Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization. The fragrance of lush trees tickled my spirit while entering Hartzar Park, 1.5 hours out of Sydney, for a 3 day SRF retreat. Each service was conducted with utmost devotion and aspiring affirmations for one’s spiritual advancement. The Romanesque architecture of the chapel overlooking the vast green fields helped to provide an environment satiated with calmness and natural magnificence. And I felt better equipped to endeavour again in my daily responsibilities, with a fresh outlook, faith and gratitude towards God. Although these Walden-esque getaways are not for the faint-hearted (the retreats require days of solitude and zero interaction with technology, in most cases), their restorative benefits are many.
From a lodge in rural Oregon surrounded by natural hot springs to a coastal California getaway, these 10 meditation facilities offer group and personal silent retreats for a few days to a full month of nothing but stillness and de-stressing. The retreats are guided by Tyohar or Anamika, both are spiritual guides and mirrors of consciousness. By keeping thoughts and feelings contained during these ten days gives a much needed pause from constantly relating on the level of the mind, now is the time to drop into the heart space, become vulnerable in the safety and security of PachaMama. The food is kept simple with a delicious choice of live foods to support your body and emotions through this strong process of dropping into the deepening silence. Free of distractions you will be able to find clarity and perceive your inner beauty more easily. You are leaving behind the many noises that come from the world you live in, and you are beginning an inner journey so that you can see your deepest truth. When something comes up in the conversation that is really significant, you listen more attentively. It is created by people leaving behind the noises caused by work, computers, tablets, mobile phones, newspapers, TV, radio, cooking, shopping, cars and any other type of activity that keeps them concerned about other things.
Following breakfast there will be free time to enjoy the native Mountain Ash Eucalypt forest, walk and listen to the native birds. On Sunday we have the wonderful Ami Hasson coming to lead us through a beautiful Crystal Sound Healing Journey, realigning and grounding after a weekend of inner cleansing. After a second break, the afternoon program includes a restorative yoga practice, to limber and refresh the body, and a second meditation practice to go further into the mind. You will be required to remain in silence from the time you awake on Saturday morning until the final session on Sunday afternoon.
This increases strength, flexibility and focus while clearing the body of toxins, leaving you feeling calm and centred.
Slow movements combined with deep stretching for the hamstrings, hips, spine, chest and shoulders nourishing the body and bringing greater ease and comfort for our seated Meditation practice. Following a day and half of silent reflection, this sound healing will wash away all our negativities and mental afflictions and allow our inner beauty to shine through.
He has contributed as a session musician to a diverse number of professional International and Melbourne-based musical projects. While I know this post cannot possibly convey the full extent of the AMAZINGNESS that I experienced on retreat, I want to share what it was like to take a brief dip into the deep-end of the meditation pool!
It was incredibly powerful to have the gift of time to explore my inner world, to finally have continuous silence in order to listen to myself.
Even though no one is speaking, car engines run and air conditioners hum, birds tweet and doors creak.
The point is to bring your mindful awareness to walking — to the sensations in the bottom of the feet, in the legs, the torso, and to the feel of the wind and the sun. And all the zombies slowly walked back into the meditation hall, heads down, silent, as if we’d joined some creepy cult and we were all heading in to drink some Kool-Aid. Our instructor told us that when we noticed a thought {or that we had been lost in thought for several minutes!}, we should stop, and allow the thought to pass. It’s a LONG time to watch the random cognitive vomit that the mind throws up when the body takes a moment to rest. But I do have a clearer understanding of what’s important to me and of the path ahead.
At Left Brain Buddha, she writes about her journey to live and parent mindfully, joyfully, and thought-fully in her left-brain analytical life. I have been better about limiting my social media time, and I am committed to changing my habits in that realm.
I am passionate about sharing the gift of mindful living with little people AND big people -- children and parents, students and teachers -- so that we all may lead joyful and compassionate lives. She is the author of five award-winning solo performance scripts and her poetry and prose appear in a number of publications. In addition to having her work appear in numerous journals and anthologies, she has just released her first collection of poetry entitled A Little Truth on Your Shirt published under GirlChild Press.
Vibrations resulting from devotional singing lead to attunement with the Cosmic Vibration or the Word. The vegetarian meals prepared by nuns were scrumptious, they were light and supported the physical attribute of meditation. As Paramahansa Yogananda said, “On the doors of silence I knocked loudly with my persistent blows of faith, and the doors of space opened.

Increasingly, travelers seeking relaxation, balance and spiritual renewal are heading to meditation centers from the Berkshires to Big Sur in search of simplicity. Satsangs are a daily part of the retreat, where you will be able to share by letter whatever you are passing through. All the practicalities are taken care of, there is nothing to think about or plan this is a great opportunity to just watch what is arising both emotionally and physically.
This retreat is being held at stunning Amarant Retreat in the the Yarra Valley, just outside Melbourne. By attending this retreat Sanjay wishes to awaken that space of clarity and pureness within your heart, and allow your true nature to shine. However if you have questions about what is going on inside your body or mind, it is ok to ask Sanjay for advice privately, away from the other retreatants. Slowly we find ourselves letting go of negative patterns and thoughts within our minds and embracing the spiritual practice of compassion. The sounds created in the session reduce the brain activity to theta waves which are similar to dream state of mind, and in some cases even astral journeys may occur. I had a hard time stifling my inner “Minnesota nice” and I really wanted to smile and say “Good Morning!” to everyone I saw. When you live with another person for two days and don’t speak, your natural inclination is to think something is wrong, to think YOU have done something wrong.
After a loud and engaging lunch, I went back to my room and took my phone out of “airplane” mode. In “regular life,” it’s such a part of my day that I’m not aware of the low-grade anxiety and nervous activation that stays with me constantly. Which sounds lovely but we looked like a bunch of zombies practicing really slowly for a field sobriety test.
Physically stopping my movement with each observed thought powerfully drove home how frequently my mind wanders! I found myself pondering questions like, “When a bee stings you, does it know it’s going to die?” and “Did the Roman alphabet develop from the Phoenician alphabet?” Seriously, people, we’ve got a lot of random shit in our heads.
And we didn’t have matches in the house so we had to hold a paper clip in a lighter to heat it up and then use that to fry the tick and get it out? This discovery allowed me to glimpse a euphoria similar to the one Billy Crystal’s character in City Slickers experiences, when he found his “one thing” that pointed to the purpose of his one precious life. For more than ten years, Kimberly has inspired audiences in fancy theatres, esteemed universities and fabulous festivals. Her poetry has been translated into Dutch and German, used as curriculum in college and university courses across the country and abroad, and as an HIV education resource with HIV Campus Education. The daily meditations are carefully selected to give you the best opportunity to dive even deeper into the silence; these meditations help to release any excess energy accumulation that happens in the body due to curbing your usual way of expressing and releasing through speech. If you were in a noisy environment or were busy doing other things, you would not pay attention to what the inner Self is showing you. The entire physical body is slowing down allowing a deep relaxed state of being where healing is taking place. He has produced a successful number of sound therapy Workshops, seminars, and concerts throughout Melbourne, Gippsland, Geelong, and Daylesford (2011-2013). It was a complete “going within,” with the gentle and kind instruction to simply “Do YOU.” {We did have opportunities to ask questions of the teachers during silence}. By spending time in silence I tuned into my nervous system, discovering what truly calms me and what overstimulates me. I discovered not that I have a bajillion thoughts racing around my head {insect meditations aside}, but that I often have the same thoughts over, and over, and over… And in two and a half days of meditating in silence, I could observe where my mind likes to land. We find it when we sit in stillness, allow the mind to rest, and listen to our inner knowing. She tours widely in North America and Europea€” anywhere an audience loves a well-told story. So when the inner Self brings something into your awareness, you begin to talk with the inner Self about it.
By keeping silence you are giving yourself a gift and you are giving the same gift to all the other retreatants. In 2003 the American College Theatre Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Arts recognized Jonidaa€™s one-woman show a€?The Women I Knowa€? with the Della€™Arte Diversity Award. Some sort of weird mind control cult?” Now mindful walking is one of my favorite forms of meditation.
She was selected as an Artist for Choice with Choice USA, the reproductive rights organization started by Gloria Steinem. She has been published in magazines and anthologies such as Mehr Licht!, Java Monkey Speaks Anthology, Her Circle Ezine , Estrology, as well as in a series of periodicals in Albanian.
She also serves on the National Board of Directors for the arts and activism organization, Blackout Arts Collective. Jonida is the author of three poetry collections in her native tongue, and of four audio CD collections in English, including Kitchensinkdrama, and Firstborn Daughters. As Gypsee Yo , she performs internationally as a spoken word artist, and has competed in slams worldwide, including National Poetry Slam 2006 and 2007, Individual World Poetry Slam 2006, and the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam 2008. She is fearless in her reflections on the challenges of her own family history, transforming the legacy of addiction, mental illness, & homelessness into a triumphant call to action and compassion.

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