This is a four-day, five-night silent meditation retreat in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains. Removed from the pressures of daily life a retreat experience provides a safe and secure environment to unplug and explore one’s inner and outer landscape, cultivating tools of wisdom, compassion, stillness, and silence.
The intention behind silence is to simplify one’s environment and promote the exploration of one’s inner-world. During this retreat there will be opportunity for discussion (during scheduled periods), but for most of the day – from the time of waking until bed, including mealtimes – yogis on retreat will be asked to observe a code of Noble Silence, under which each participant offers to others the gift and opportunity to come to stillness and reflection within themselves.
The Retreat Theme
Often in our yoga and meditation practice there is an implicit bias against thinking. We compare our thinking mind to a wild monkey on amphetamines, swinging anxiously from thought to thought. We try to NOT be lost in thought. We try to focus on our body and breath.
But in practice, we don’t need to be at war with our minds. In fact, we can engage with our thoughts in more skilful ways that serve our development of peace and wisdom.
In this retreat, we will use the quiet practices of Meditation and Yin Yoga, followed by reflective writing, to shed light on experience, to learn from that experience, and to promote an onward cultivation of wisdom and compassion.
Appropriate for beginners, experienced meditators, and people who think!
- Start Date: Friday 9th June 2017
- End Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017
- Duration: 4 days
The daily schedule will include sessions of seated meditation, walking meditation, reflective writing, discussion and a daily session of Yin Yoga. Please note: this is a gentle, but intensive, retreat. It is not a ‘yoga holiday’ retreat, per se. We will wake at 6 am and endeavour to cultivate mindfulness throughout the day until retiring at 9 pm.
The Retreat Fee is €950, which includes shared accommodations, three vegetarian meals per day, meditation, and yoga instruction. Please note that the Retreat Fee does not include transportation to and from the retreat centre.
Space is limited; full payment secures your spot.
- Cancellations before 28 April 2017: We will refund 75% of the fee.
- Cancellations after 28 April 2017: We will refund 75% of the fee, only if we (you or I) are able to find a suitable replacement to take your spot.
Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email, including your receipt.
As we get closer to the event, I’ll be sending out more information regarding arrival/departure information, arranging rideshares to and from the retreat centre, and other frequently asked questions.
Please note: Students enrolled in the Summer School of Yin Yoga will receive 70hrs of Retreat credit for attending this retreat.
To apply, please email Josh using this contact form