hridaya

New Year’s Eve is a truly special moment with the opportunity to heighten our awareness and create strong energetic openings, paradigm shifts and deep-rooted intentions. When we take the time to listen deeply and quietly, we open ourselves to profound meditative insights and a chance to positively influence the consciousness of the world.

Join us for this special New Year’s weekend and give yourself a unique and profound opportunity to quiet the mind, rejuvenate the body and open the heart. The Hridaya Silent Meditation & Yoga Retreat will be four days and three nights spent in noble silence, allowing time to drop the everyday acts of doing and sink into just being, with a deep opportunity to experience meditative insights for 2018.

The word hridaya is a composite of the Sanskrit words hrid and ayam, meaning heart center.

With daily silent meditation, rejuvenating and relaxing hatha yoga, and daily life awareness practices, this weekend presents a path for the revelation of the Self and teaches how to live a life of stillness, surrender, and joy. This is the path of the Spiritual Heart.

The Spiritual Heart can be described in three parts: 1) A specific location in the chest; 2) An organ of knowledge through which we can live a more full and open-hearted life; 3) The essence of our being, our True Self. By focusing on the Spiritual Heart and learning how to settle ourselves in this powerful center, we can drastically change our relationship to ourselves and to the world, giving us more space to be present, rooted, trusting and connected.

Hridaya Silent Retreats are created to intimately understand what meditation is and to feel the amazing inner transformation that it brings. During the retreat, we address broad aspects of the Spiritual Heart, from a variety of traditions, including esoteric Christianity, Sufism, Buddhism, Taoism and Yoga. All religious backgrounds and faiths are very welcome in the Spiritual Heart! The atmosphere will be one of love and strong spiritual support. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike.

Using techniques from these vast, mystical traditions and Hridaya Yoga, we¢ll learn how to create the best conditions for meditation including cultivating awareness, mental concentration, meditation techniques based on opening to the Spiritual Heart and how to apply these techniques in daily life. The last day will include practical and concrete integration practices like how to create a home practice and maintain an open heart off the mat. Hridaya Yoga is distinct from other practices as it engages not only the physical body but the entire being. Asanas are performed with awareness, turning physical practice into blissful meditation.

Come for a long weekend, welcoming 2018 with new awareness and connection with your true self.

This retreat is in nature at the beautiful Yoga Lodge at Whidbey. Enjoy walks in the stillness of nature on Whidbey Island which perfectly facilitates the silence cultivated inside. We ask all guests to maintain this silence throughout the retreat, including no electronics, music, phones or other distractions. If you’ve never experienced this intimacy of silence, you will never forget what a gateway it can provide to cultivating more inward and outward love, presence and surrender. We hope you’ll join us for this special weekend dedicated to Hridaya, the Spiritual Heart.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is noble silence?

Noble Silence is a common practice in retreats which offers a rare and precious opportunity to simplify one’s daily routine, quiet the mind and cultivate an inward focus of attention. There is the also the opportunity to go deep in our internal world and not be distracted by the social conventions that usually turn the wheels of our mind constantly.

By observing outer silence and temporarily renouncing our usual habits of conversation, we provide a support for the cultivation of a deep inner silence. You will be asked to refrain not only from speaking, but also from using electronic devices. We will explain more and provide an opportunity for asking questions before going into silence. Be assured you will always have the opportunity to communicate by writing messages to Dianna and Grace should the need arise. There will also be a daily Q&A session.

I've never meditated before. Is this retreat right for me?

Absolutely! Many new to meditation begin by attending a retreat. Retreats provide a wonderful opportunity learn skills and to dive directly into the process, building momentum and faith in meditation.

I’m an advanced meditator. Will I get something out of this retreat?

As an experienced meditator, you have the opportunity to go very deep in this retreat and start from your level of practice. The retreat is designed to give you the gift of leaving the busy-ness of life behind and concentrating for an extended period of time. You’ll also gain new meditation techniques and practices focused on the Spiritual Heart and insights to deepen your existing practice.

How long are the meditation sessions?

Sessions will be from 30 minutes to one hour, increasing in duration over the retreat. Guests are welcomed to adjust their position during sessions as needed and to use props to sit comfortably. Chairs are also provided.

Do we have to sit on the floor?

No, sitting on the floor is not required – there will be chairs available as needed. If you do choose the floor there will be cushions and other items for maximum comfort. We will also talk of ways of sitting comfortably.

What is the yoga like? Do I need to be flexible?

Hridaya Yoga is a meditative practice focused on going into the Spiritual Heart through the energy and movements of the body. It is accessible for all bodies and modifiable for any injuries or conditions. Don’t worry about whether you’re experienced at yoga or flexible.

What about the food?

We will serve professionally prepared organic, vegetarian meals. We will do our best to accommodate restricted diets, including vegan and gluten free – you will need to let us know preferences on your registration form. For highly restricted diets you may need to supplement your own meals. A refrigerator will be available to store your personal items. We do ask that everyone bring snacks, as needed.

What should I bring?

A list will be provided after registration.

What should I wear?

Warm, comfortable clothing. Things you can sit, move and walk in. Please bring layers as it can get chilly during meditation in the winter and warm during yoga sessions.

Where is the retreat located? How do I get there?

The retreat is located on Whidbey Island. You can take a ferry from Mukilteo or Port Angeles, WA. Directions will be provided after registration

YOUR HOSTS

Grace Bryant has been a whole life educator for the past 13 years, integrating drama, music, movement, meditation and yoga, mindful living, creative play, teamwork, conscious collaboration and leadership. Her Yogic path began in 2005 when her sister dragged her to a Yoga class in Federal Way. She fell in love with savasana and came back just for relaxation.

In 2007, she was inspired to start teaching informally and since then has studied and taught in 6 countries and devoted her entire life to the journey of awakening. Grace recently completed the Hridaya Teacher Training in Mexico and is beyond grateful to have received the teachings of Advaita Tantra and the Spiritual Heart. She believes these teachings can transform the consciousness of anyone who practices them sincerely.

Grace’s favorite classes are those which deepen our consciousness and also incorporate how to live with more awareness, trust and compassion. She leads classes, discussion groups, workshops, women’s groups, and retreats in the Pacific Northwest and abroad with a focus on bringing a Yogic approach into every area of life. Through Yoga, she has found a deep sense of peace and trust, and hopes to share this in her teachings. More information can be found at her website, www.bewholebehappy.com.

Dianna Heston has been known to wander about the world, yet calls Portland, Oregon her home. At the age of 50, with her children grown and on their own and acknowledging her corporate career was not fulfilling, she took off to explore the world and, more importantly, herself. She was lucky enough to be able to travel internationally and do nothing but focus her attention on yoga, meditation, and Eastern philosophies. Her travels took her to Greece, India, Nepal, Mexico and Thailand, where she spent several months in each location studying with some incredible teachers. This was a transforming time in her life.

Dianna completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at Agama Yoga in Thailand, and has continued her studies in Hridaya Meditation, Therapeutic Yoga, and other disciplines.

UPCOMING COURSES:

New Years Silent Meditation Retreat

Dec 29, 2017Jan 1, 2018
Whidbey Yoga Lodge, WA

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Friday:
3-4pm  Arrival & Check-in
5:00     Welcome & Opening Circle – Silence Begins
6:15     Dinner
7:00     Evening Teaching, Meditation & Yoga *
9:15     Break for evening & sauna

Saturday:
7:00      Morning Teaching, Meditation & Yoga *
9: 00     Breakfast & Break
10:30    Morning Lecture & Practice *
12:30    Meditation
1:00   Lunch
1:30   Afternoon Break
3:30   Technique & Meditation *
4:30   Afternoon Teaching *
5:45   Meditation & Personal Practice
6:15    Dinner & Break
7:15    Evening Lecture & Meditation *
8:15    Evening Yoga
9:00    Break for evening & sauna

Sunday:
7:00      Morning Teaching, Meditation & Yoga *
9:00      Breakfast & Break
10:30    Morning Lecture & Practice *
12:30    Meditation
1:00      Lunch
1:30      Afternoon Break
3:30      Technique & Meditation *
4:30      Afternoon Teaching *
5:45      Meditation & Personal Practice
6:15      Dinner & Break
7:15      Evening Lecture & Meditation *
8:15      Evening Yoga
9:00      Break for evening & sauna
11:30pm – 12:30am   MIDNIGHT NEW YEARS MEDITITION (Optional)

Monday – Happy New Year!
7:00      Morning Teaching, Meditation & Yoga *
9:00     Breakfast & Break
10:45   Morning Lecture & Practice *
12:00   Silence Ends & Lunch
12:30   Group sharing & Closing
2:00     Retreat ends

*Lectures include: The self-inquiry method, What is the Spiritual Heart, Self-awareness, Witness Consciousness, Compassion, The True Nature of Love, Living with an Open Heart, Integration of Daily Life into Spirituality and techniques for yoga, meditation, pranayama and awareness.

Registration

Early Registration (Before Oct. 1) – $750

Registration (After Oct. 1) – $850

Deposit – $200

Limited partial scholarships are available. Please inquire for details.

We are currently full and offering a waiting list. Please contact Grace to be added to the waiting list.


Retreat Registration



Cancellation Policy:

All registration fees include a non-refundable administration fee of $200

Before November 15th:  Cancellations will be refunded, less the $200 administration fee.

After November 15th:  Cancellations will be refunded less the admin fee IF we are able to fill your space.