At Home One Day Silent Retreat 

Spiritual Mentorship

At Home One Day Silent Retreat 

Hosted by Grace Bryant

4/19 10am-4pm

$40-75

Due to the Covid 19 and our desire to center connection and safety, SEC is now 100% virtual!

Join us on Zoom only –https://zoom.us/j/6143346038

Password – 193027

 

Ready for a silent retreat but not sure how to start?

Stuck at home with a mind that won’t be quiet? 

Desiring to deepen into your meditation practice during this global retreat and not sure how to begin? 

Just for you, take a nibble of silence with the One-Day Silent Retreat at home.

Join this one-day Silent Retreat from your home and give yourself a unique and profound opportunity to quiet the mind, rejuvenate the body and open the heart.

During this global pause, take a day to be with yourself within the gift of spiritual community, to really slow down and to awaken into the silence that is calling all of us to listen right now. Instead of using this time for distraction, distancing and isolation, let’s take some time to connect – to self, to others through the profound presence of silence, and to Source. 

Come learn and practice silent meditation on the heart, calm and interiorized and meditative yoga and techniques for daily life awareness which can lead to more moments of stillness, surrender, and joy in everyday life. This is the path of the Spiritual Heart.

We will explore The Spiritual Heart and it’s physical, emotional and spiritual implications, which can eventually lead us into the essence of our Being, our True Self. By cultivating an opening to this depth of our very Self 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.

We’ll all sync up on Zoom, set the container for our day of silence, and then drop into quiet together. Grace will lead the day of teachings and practices while you are invited to transform your own home into a personal retreat center. You can lean into the power of sangha, community, while you listen and practice teachings to awaken to the Heart.

Using techniques from various esoteric traditions, we′ll learn how to create the best conditions for a life of presence, including cultivating awareness, mental concentration, opening the Heart and applying these techniques in daily life. The meditative yoga practice engages not only the physical body, but the entire being. Postures and breathing practices are performed with awareness, turning physical practice into blissful meditation.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike. For those wanting to re-ignite their practice, this is also a beautiful opportunity to tune in and find renewed presence. All bodies and abilities are welcome. The day’s atmosphere will be one of love and spiritual growth.

Come for a day of silence and take peek into the deeper dimension of your being. If you’ve yet to experience the intimacy of silence, you will never forget the gateway it can be to Love, presence and surrender.What you’ll need to do to prepare: 

Have a quiet space away from notifications or other people interrupting your silent container

Be prepared for yoga/movement practice and sitting – layered, comfortable clothes and options for seated practices 

Have a healthy lunch ready in your home

Have a notebook and journal nearby

Send any questions to Grace – [email protected]

Suggested Donation for the day: $40-75 No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds

You’ll be prompted to offer donations at the start of our day.

-Ages 16+

-All level of physical abilities welcome

-cancel at anytime

 

About the Host:

Grace Bryant

Grace (they/them, she/her) has been a whole-life educator since 2005, integrating drama, music, movement, meditation and yoga, mindful living, creative play, authentic relating, conscious collaboration, tantra and leadership. Grace is beyond grateful to have received the teachings of Nondual Tantra and the Spiritual Heart. They believe these teachings can transform the consciousness of anyone who practices them sincerely.

Currently, Grace is merging anti-oppression work with the vision of Advaita Tantra and the Spiritual Heart. They are committed to shifting the global culture of Tantra and Yoga teachings and helping end white supremacy culture and colonialist appropriation of these beautiful traditions. Grace draws inspiration from the original Tantra concept of kula (spiritual family) which was open to everyone and where castes, and genders could practice side-by-side. They deeply believe that Tantra is for all bodies, ethnicities, backgrounds, orientations, genders and humans which is reflected in the mission of Sacred Embodiment Community Seattle.

[email protected]

https://bewholebehappy.com

Donations and payments can be sent to:

– Venmo:  @Melissa-SEC

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– Website: www.sacred-embodiment.org/donate

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**WHO IS THE SEC?**
Sacred Embodiment Community is an open community dedicated to transformation and connection using our four pillars of spiritual liberation, awakened embodiment, conscious relating and/or social change to create conscious living, conscious loving and freedom.** WHAT/WHO IS SEC? **

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Password – 193027

Zoom now requires a password on all meetings to help keep our events safe. For this week, we’ll be using our room password, 193027. Please watch for more updated security features next week. Thank you for your continued adaptability. 

SECURITY & EVENT ARRIVAL – We’re working on the balance between making our events convenient to access and also as secure and safe as possible. As such, we are asking participants to be in meetings by 15 minutes after their start time. Unless previously arranged with the facilitator, we will not let people into the Zoom Room after that time.

Please know we are working on ways to have more safeguards in place for our facilitators and participants which might mean changing how you access online events in the weeks to come. We encourage you to stay up to date with our communications (via email, meetup and FB) so you are familiar with how to access your events before they begin. Join our mailing list (www.sacred-embodiment.org) for the latest updates. 

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– DONATIONS: SEC is a No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds Community. We endeavor to be transparent, open and inclusive around money. Many of our events have suggested donation amounts and we encourage you to give what you can. We are a not-for-profit incorporated organization and currently all of our donations go towards our operating costs, to your facilitators or to Real Rent Duwamish as reparations for living and working on native lands of the Duwamish Tribe. Some events are free and some have fixed registration costs. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions about donations.

Donations and payments can be sent to:

– Venmo:  @Melissa-SEC

– Paypal: [email protected] (via friends & family)

– Website: www.sacred-embodiment.org/donate

*Please memo the name and date of your event!

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3 & 10-DAY HRIDAYA SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT

3 & 10-DAY HRIDAYA SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT
July 31-Aug 3 or July 31-Aug 10, 2020

Harstine Island, WA
Hosted by Hridaya NW

 REGISTER HERE

Shift your relationship to life by quieting your mind, rejuvenating your body and opening your heart. The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a multi-day immersion in noble silence, allowing you to drop the everyday acts of doing and sink into just being.

In Hridaya Northwest’s Summer 2020 Silent Retreat, you have the option of attending for three days of silence or ten days. You’ll be held in a container of loving silence, guided teachings and practices to awaken the Spiritual Heart (Hridaya), daily meditation and meditative yoga, all designed to connect you through body, heart and mind to your deeper Self.

Is life calling you to slow down?

Are you moving too fast to actually experience your life?

Are you ready for deep transformation but something is holding you back (like not knowing how or being afraid of what will happen?)

Then you’re ready for a meditation retreat – a silent meditation retreat.

Ah! Silent? Like not talking? That’s scary. I can’t imagine being silent for any length of time. I can’t even sit still for a few minutes without finding a distraction.

Right – which is why you feel so wound up. It takes time to slow down and learn how to let go – of your past, of your worries, of what the future might look like if you don’t have it all figured out. Trust me, you’re not alone. You’re one of millions of people on Google searching how to let go of their worries and how to be more present and accepting.

A silent retreat is a kickstart to deep transformation, to slowing down and to learning how to enjoy every minute of life.

A silent retreat is for anyone who’s craving time to themselves, an inner transformation, and to experience what meditation can bring to their life. It sets you up for a disciplined personal practice and a road map to letting go.

UPCOMING COURSES:
3 & 10-DAY HRIDAYA SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT
July 31-Aug 3 or July 31-Aug 10, 2020
Harstine Island, WA
Hosted by Hridaya NW

 

WHAT’S A SILENT RETREAT LIKE?
The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is structured to give you guidance every step of the way. Participants practice noble silence throughout the entire retreat, from our opening circle to our closing circle. Retreat leaders will speak during sessions to offer teachings and guidance in the practices but will also be in silence outside of the sessions. You are encouraged to ask written questions about your experience, the teachings or anything you need during our retreat. You’ll always be able to contact a retreat leader for support.

We begin our morning practice at 7am and end the day around 9pm. Fear not! Our meditation sessions start out shorter and build up during the weekend. There is a 3-hour break after lunch for you to explore nearby trails, journal, take a nap or rest. Three nourishing, vegetarian meals are offered daily by a local chef using seasonal, local produce which helps you have the best retreat possible, not only in your mind and heart but also in your belly. Vegan and gluten free options are available as well.

Every day we practice hatha yoga – a gentle but deep meditative physical yoga practice in the style of Hridaya, the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart. Movements and poses are accessible for all bodies and give you even more tools to bring more awareness into your daily life through the body. Hridaya Yoga is distinct from other practices as it engages not only the physical body but the whole being. Postures and practices are performed with a focus on both the physical body and inner experience, turning physical practice into blissful meditation. If flow or vinyasa is your thing, there is also space every day to do your own practice.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN A SILENT RETREAT?
Every silent meditation retreat is different – even if you attend the exact same retreat multiple times. The most important attitude to have in a silent retreat is to let go of expectations. A spirit of openness to what unfolds is essential to welcoming a retreat experience.

Grace, Dianna and Britt, your Washington-based retreat leaders, have over a decade of experience leading people through their personal transformation of yoga, meditation and silent retreats. We start with the basics of meditation and concentration techniques and build your understanding and experience throughout the retreat. Practices are accessible for beginning meditators and experienced meditators alike. You’ll learn how to listen to deeper parts of yourself – like that voice that’s been trying to be heard for years – through yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, daily life contemplation, spiritual curiosity, compassion and intentional integration.

You’ll leave with a renewed strength and momentum to develop a daily practice which keeps you more calm, centered and present than you’ve been before.

Our meditation retreat atmosphere is a safe space for you to try out different meditation and concentration practices which invite a holistic experience of yourself and discover how you want to bring these practices into your life. There’s no expectation that you do anything perfectly or that you can even sit still! We practice together by increasing the length of our meditations day by day and building up our stamina in the practice. Your humanness is welcome – exactly as you are.

You’ll have the space to share your retreat experience on the last day and we highly encourage everyone to witness others’ process and share your experience. This is sometimes the most profound session of the whole retreat after being in silence with fellow seekers.

THREE OR TEN DAYS?
Yes! You are welcome to register for either the three-day retreat or the ten-day retreat.

Everyone will arrive the afternoon or early evening of July 29 and we’ll begin with a group orientation that evening. Our silence begins at 7am on August 1st and we’ll all practice the next three days together. For those participating in the three-day retreat, silence will end in the afternoon on August 3rd and we’ll connect and share our experiences. Then you’ll head home while the remaining participants continue our silence until August 10th.

Not sure how long you want to stay? Please contact us to chat about your desires and availability. While it may bring up some fear, most people are able to dive into a ten-day retreat with no meditation or yoga experience. We’d love for you to join the whole ten days if you have the space in your life. And if not, three days is great!

WHAT DO WE DO IN A MEDITATION RETREAT?
Hridaya Silent Retreats are created to intimately experience what meditation is and to feel the inner transformation it can bring. During our meditation retreat, we offer practices centered on the Spiritual Heart – another name for the essence of our being. Practices come from a variety of traditions, including esoteric Christianity, Sufism, Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism and Yoga. All religious backgrounds, faiths and lifestyles are welcome in the Spiritual Heart! The atmosphere is one of love and strong spiritual support.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this silent 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 in the challenging moments of life.

WHERE IS THE SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT?
We are blessed to be hosted by SerpentSong Retreat Center on Harstine Island in Washington state, on the beautiful Hood Canal. The center features a beautiful and newly built yoga hall, hiking trails and a short walk to the beach. SerpentSong is also a family home and feels warm, inviting, connecting and, well, homey! There is also a permaculture garden where much of our food is grown. SerpentSong has been tended by Xanna and Kim since 2016 and is a center for deep personal transformation and spiritual growth. You’ll drop into a quiet space of unwinding and feel the desire to slow down, breathe more deeply and step into silence. Our home in the woods is surrounded by natural beauty, walking trails, wild deer, and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Accommodation options include private rooms or shared rooms. You are welcome to choose the room that best suits you, depending on availability. We imagine our private rooms will be reserved quickly! There are stairs in the home, so please tell us if you need an accessible room and we’ll do our best to accommodate. Much of our sleeping arrangements are either camping (bring your own gear) or shared indoor spaces. Please contact us with questions about accommodations or accessibility.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SILENT?
Silence starts with not talking…but it’s so much more.

We start with the intention to not talk or communicate once we set our container and begin the retreat. You are welcome to write notes to retreat leaders when you have questions or need assistance. Otherwise, we ask there to be no communication between guests, including not looking at other people’s faces, not making eye contact and not touching others. This may seem strict, but it opens the gateway to really focus internally, the whole point of a silent retreat. Once you get into the rhythm, you’ll be grateful for the space away from pleasing people or worrying about how they’ll react to you.

We ask all guests to maintain this noble silence throughout the retreat, which includes: no books, no electronics, no music, no phones or devices or other distractions. Again, this might feel extreme. The point is to not let yourself go to any distraction from what you’re really experiencing in the present moment. If taking a few days away from social media scares you, then you’re very ready for this journey.

We do encourage journaling to assist in the processing of your experience.

If you’ve never experienced the intimacy of silence – especially in today’s fast-paced, notification pinging, constant news driven, social media addicted, instant gratification world – you’ll never forget the spaciousness it brings. You’ll leave with more inner and outer love, tools to calm and center yourself, an understanding of what it means to let go, practices for deeper connection with other people, and the ability to be more present, conscious and to let go.

We hope you’ll join us for this special weekend dedicated to YOU.

WHAT HAVE PEOPLE EXPERIENCED IN SILENT RETREATS?
We’ll let our guests tell you in their own words what they’ve experienced in a silent meditation retreat.

“This was truly one of the most memorable weekends. It left me feeling awake and focused. I am inspired to now have an unplugged time every day.” – Mona, South Korea

“Grace creates an accessible, welcoming and safe environment that is both heart-warming and inspiring. Her energy and passion for what she does is infectious, so much so that a room full of strangers at the beginning of a weekend can feel like family by the end. You will be energized, challenged, comforted and much, much more. I cannot recommend this retreat enough.” – Ben, South Korea

“This retreat has helped me reframe my expectations of myself and my expectations of others. I have been very judgmental of myself and I feel I have learned to let some of that go.” – Matt, Whidbey Island

“After this retreat, I am committed to fear less, love more and to refresh my daily practice.” – Terri, Whidbey Island

“I really benefitted from the meditation times that extended a little every day. I’ve been trying meditation on my own and using phone apps, but I’ve never tried more than 10-20 minutes. It showed me I can find a gap in the my thoughts without frustration and I can train my puppy mind. I also feel more connected to what love actually is after this retreat and how to focus on giving love in my life. I know now that if I give love from a selfless, compassionate place, I will also receive love.” – Tracie, Whidbey Island

“During this retreat, I realized how distracted I am by my phone and laptop. I have loved being away from both and plan to have a few times daily when I look at them instead of just responding to every notification and sound.” – Jodi, Whidbey Island

“This retreat helped me to reframe how I live every day! I’ve been wanting to return to the heart, but I’ve lost my way with the big changes and challenges of 2017. I want my heart to lead instead of the reactivity I have indulged in. The practices we did this weekend help me to connect the spiritual and physical and I’m inspired to keep practicing being in the Spiritual Heart.” Chrysalis, Whidbey Island

“This weekend I really got the idea of responding instead of reacting to stress. I’m excited to apply the principles we’ve been using during meditation to my everyday life.” – Janet, Whidbey Island

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAVE PEOPLE EXPERIENCED IN SILENT RETREATS?
We’ll let our guests tell you in their own words what they’ve experienced in a silent meditation retreat.

“This was truly one of the most memorable weekends. It left me feeling awake and focused. I am inspired to now have an unplugged time every day.”

Mona, South Korea
“Grace creates an accessible, welcoming and safe environment that is both heart-warming and inspiring. Her energy and passion for what she does is infectious, so much so that a room full of strangers at the beginning of a weekend can feel like family by the end. You will be energized, challenged, comforted and much, much more. I cannot recommend this retreat enough.”

Ben, South Korea
“This retreat has helped me reframe my expectations of myself and my expectations of others. I have been very judgmental of myself and I feel I have learned to let some of that go.”

Matt, Whidbey Island
“After this retreat, I am committed to fear less, love more and to refresh my daily practice.”

Terri, Whidbey Island
“I really benefitted from the meditation times that extended a little every day. I’ve been trying meditation on my own and using phone apps, but I’ve never tried more than 10-20 minutes. It showed me I can find a gap in the my thoughts without frustration and I can train my puppy mind. I also feel more connected to what love actually is after this retreat and how to focus on giving love in my life. I know now that if I give love from a selfless, compassionate place, I will also receive love.”

Tracie, Whidbey Island
“During this retreat, I realized how distracted I am by my phone and laptop. I have loved being away from both and plan to have a few times daily when I look at them instead of just responding to every notification and sound.”

Jodi, Whidbey Island
“This retreat helped me to reframe how I live every day! I’ve been wanting to return to the heart, but I’ve lost my way with the big changes and challenges of 2017. I want my heart to lead instead of the reactivity I have indulged in. The practices we did this weekend help me to connect the spiritual and physical and I’m inspired to keep practicing being in the Spiritual Heart.”

Chrysalis, Whidbey Island
“This weekend I really got the idea of responding instead of reacting to stress. I’m excited to apply the principles we’ve been using during meditation to my everyday life.”

Janet, Whidbey Island
READY TO KNOW MORE OR REGISTER?
If you have more questions, please contact us and ask! We’re happy to chat about your upcoming retreat experience and how you can feel the most comfortable and confident walking into a silent meditation retreat. It’s totally normal to be nervous, fearful or confused about a silent retreat and we’re happy to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

Need financial assistance or a partial scholarship? Please contact us to talk about options.

REGISTRATION

Room 3 Day EB 3 Day Reg 10 Day EB 10 Day Reg
Single Room/Private bath $575 $625 $1,125 $1,225
Single Room/Semi-private bath $525 $575 $1,075 $1,175
Double Room/Shared bath $475 $525 $1,025 $1,125
Shared Room/Shared bath $450 $500 $975 $1,075
Camping $425 $475 $925 $1,025
3 DAY RETREAT
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10 DAY RETREAT
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CANCELLATION POLICY
Registration fees include a partially refundable administration fee of $300 for the 3-Day Retreat and $400 for the 10-Day Retreat.

Retreat fees will be refunded less the admin fee as follows:

Cancellations 30+ days prior to retreat – $200 of admin fee refunded
Cancellations 15-29 days prior to retreat – $100 of admin fee refunded
Cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to retreat – admin fee is non-refundable
Please contact us if you have any questions. We do our best to be flexible and want to honor individual needs.

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’s passion for yoga has primarily been inspired by the ways in which Yoga supports the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being. Her personal practice and teaching utilizes restorative and therapeutic yoga as the cornerstone for a well-rounded healing process. Dianna has both witnessed and personally experienced how emotional and physical well-being are attainable by employing relaxation, meditation and mindfulness, physical asana, and breathwork. Being able to share the ancient wisdom of the Yogi’s for health and healing causes her heart to burst with Love!

Dianna completed her certifications for Yoga Teacher Training in 2012, and for Therapeutic Yoga in 2014. Both at Agama Yoga in Thailand. She continues her studies in Hridaya Meditation, Mindfulness, and other disciplines.

Brittany Servent is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and heart-centered philosophy. As a certified Hridaya Yoga instructor she is continuously seeking out philosophical education from various spiritual disciplines.

Britt weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout her classes, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and playful way. She encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, citing the interconnectedness to each other, to the world and to the universe at large. She brings her own introspection and contemplation to the mat and holds whatever may unfold to her with a sense of gratitude. This is the same attitude she lives by in daily life as well. Her favorite saying is “Life is a conundrum of esoterica.” And so it is. Yet here we are navigating our life puzzles like there was something to accomplish…

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
7:00 Morning Session
9:00 Breakfast
10:30 Mid-Morning Session
1:00 Lunch
1:30 Afternoon Break
3:30 Afternoon session
6:15 Dinner
7:15 Evening Practice
9:00 Break for evening

Both retreats will finish around 2pm on the final day. We ask everyone to arrive the evening before our silence begins, as we will have a group orientation the evening of July 31st.

*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.

Yogassage

yogassage
Join Grace and a team of massage therapists for a relaxing, 75-minute guided yin yoga practice with the added experience of massage techniques and adjustments.
Limited spots available to ensure more hands-on attention per yogi!
$40 | 15% off for VIP Members
Space is Limited.
Please RSVP here!
*Limited waitlist available. Cancellations with 24 hours or more notice are eligible for refund (account credit only). Contact management at [email protected]
For information on Modo Yoga and parking, click here
Get to know Grace and other teachings she offers here

Awakening to the Spiritual Heart: A One-Day Silent Retreat

Ready for a silent retreat but just not sure how to start?

Just for you, take a nibble of silence with the One-Day Silent Retreat.

When was the last time you spent a full day dedicated to being quiet, present and opening the heart?

Join this one-day Silent Retreat and give yourself a unique and profound opportunity to quiet the mind, rejuvenate the body and open the heart.

Come learn and practice silent meditation on the heart, calm and interiorized Tantric hatha yoga and techniques for daily life awareness which can lead to more moments of stillness, surrender, and joy in everyday life. This is the path of the Spiritual Heart.

We will explore The Spiritual Heart and it’s physical, emotional and spiritual implications, which can eventually lead us into the essence of our Being, our True Self. By cultivating an opening to this depth of our very Self 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.

Using techniques from various esoteric tradition, we′ll learn how to create the best conditions for a life of presence, including cultivating awareness, mental concentration, opening the Heart and applying these techniques in daily life. The Tantric Yoga practice engages not only the physical body, but the entire being. Postures and breathing practices are performed with awareness, turning physical practice into blissful meditation.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike. All bodies and abilities are welcome. The day’s atmosphere will be one of love and spiritual growth.

Come for a day of silence and take peek into the deeper dimension of your being. If you’ve yet to experience the intimacy of silence, as a result, you will never forget the gateway it can be to Love, presence and surrender.
Snacks and tea will be provided. Please bring a lunch.

VALUE
Pre-register $55
At the door $60
Scholarships and assistantships available. Please ask.
Registration: https://bpt.me/4302605

 

Learn more about full silent retreats here

For 21 day meditation series click here

Yogassage

Join Grace and a team of massage therapists for a 75-minute guided yin yoga practice with the added experience of massage techniques and adjustments. This evening promises even extra goodness because Grace will be joined by the sounds of the sweet didgeridoo.

Now with fewer spots available to ensure more hands-on attention per yogi!

$40 | 15% off for VIP Members
Space is Limited.
REGISTER HERE
*Limited waitlist available. Cancellations with 24 hours or more notice are eligible for refund (account credit only). Contact management at [email protected]

NEW YEAR’S SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT

Transform this New Year’s Eve by quieting your mind, rejuvenating your body and opening your heart. The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is four days of noble silence, allowing you to drop the everyday acts of doing and sink into just being, with intentional time to set your goals and desires for the upcoming year.

Is life calling you to slow down?

Are you moving too fast to actually experience your life?

Are you ready for deep transformation but something is holding you back (like not knowing how or being afraid of what will happen?)

Then you’re ready for a meditation retreat – a silent meditation retreat.

Ah! Silent? Like not talking? That’s scary. I can’t imagine being silent for any length of time. I can’t even sit still for a few minutes without finding a distraction.

Right – which is why you feel so wound up. It takes time to slow down and learn how to let go – of your past, of your worries, of what the future might look like if you don’t have it all figured out. Trust me, you’re not alone. You’re one of millions of people Google searching how to let go of their worries and how to be more present and accepting.

A silent retreat is a kickstart to deep transformation, to slowing down and to learning how to enjoy every minute of life.

A silent retreat is for anyone who’s craving time to themselves, an inner transformation, and to experience what meditation can bring to their life. It sets you up for a disciplined personal practice and a road map to letting go.

What’s a silent retreat like?

The Hridaya New Year’s Silent Meditation Retreat is structured to give you guidance every step of the way. Everyone is invited to practice noble silence throughout the entire retreat, from our opening circle to our closing circle. Retreat leaders will speak during sessions to offer teachings and guidance in the practices, but will also be in silence outside of the sessions. You are encouraged to ask written questions about your experience, the teachings or anything you need during our retreat. You’ll always be able to contact a retreat leader for support.

We begin our morning practice at 7am and end the day around 9pm. Fear not! Our meditation sessions start out shorter and build up during the weekend. There is a 3-hour break after lunch for you to explore nearby trails, journal, ,  take a nap or rest. Three nourishing, vegetarian Ayurvedic meals are offered daily by a local chef using seasonal produce that helps you have the best retreat possible, not only in your mind and heart but also in your belly. Purify even more with a sweat in the wood-fired sauna in the evenings.  

A few times a day we practice Hatha Yoga – a gentle but deep meditative physical yoga practice in the style of Hridaya, the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart. Movements and poses are accessible for all bodies and give you even more tools to bring more awareness into your daily life through the body. Hridaya Yoga is distinct from other practices as it engages not only the physical body but the whole being. Postures and practices are performed with a focus on both the physical body and inner experience, turning physical practice into blissful meditation. If flow or vinyasa is your thing, there is also a time before dinner to do your own practice and those things that you know nourish you best.

What should I expect in a silent retreat?

Every silent meditation retreat is different – even if you attend the exact same retreat multiple times. The most important attitude to have in a silent retreat is to let go of expectations. There are moments of challenge and moments of bliss in a meditation retreat, times of discomfort and times of joy. A spirit of openness to what unfolds is essential to welcoming a retreat experience.

Grace and Dianna, your retreat leaders, have a decade of experience leading people through the personal transformation of yoga, meditation and silent retreats. We start with the basics of meditation and concentration techniques and build your understanding and experience throughout the weekend. Practices are accessible for beginning meditators and experienced meditators alike. You’ll learn how to listen to deeper parts of yourself – like that voice that’s been trying to be heard for years – through yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, daily life contemplation, spiritual curiosity, compassion and intentional integration.

You’ll leave on January 1st with a renewed strength and momentum to develop a daily practice which keeps you more calm, centered and present than you’ve been before.

Our meditation retreat atmosphere is a safe space for you to try out different meditation and concentration practices, have a messy experience, and makes notes of how you want to bring these practices into your life. There’s no expectation that you do anything perfectly or that you can even sit still! We practice together by increasing the length of our meditations day by day and building up our stamina in the practice. Your humanness is welcome – exactly as you are.

On the last day there is time to share your experience and we highly encourage you to listen deeply to the process of others and share your retreat experience. This is sometimes the most profound session of the whole weekend after being in silence with fellow seekers for four days.

What do we do in a meditation retreat?

Hridaya Silent Retreats are created to intimately experience what meditation is and to feel the inner transformation it can bring. During our meditation retreat, we offer practices centered on the Spiritual Heart – another name for the essence of our being. Practices come from a variety of traditions, including esoteric Christianity, Sufism, Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism and Yoga. All religious backgrounds, faiths and lifestyles are welcome in the Spiritual Heart! The atmosphere is one of love and strong spiritual support.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this silent 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 in the challenging moments of life.

 

Where is the New Year’s Silent Meditation Retreat?

We are blessed to be hosted by the Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island in Washington State. The pristine nature sanctuary and retreat center has been hosting deep personal transformation and spiritual growth for decades and you can feel it the moment you arrive. You’ll drop into a quiet space of unwinding and you’ll feel the desire to slow down, breathe more deeply and step into silence. Our home in the woods is surrounded by natural beauty, walking trails, wild deer, and the silence of Whidbey Island. There is little to distract you here.

The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island sits on ten acres at the end of a private lane. It offers a place to pause and unplug from the stimulation of day-to-day life and access a quiet, connected presence. The lodge and its grounds are a nature sanctuary available for reflection, writing, marking a major life event, healing, connecting with nature and learning sacred practices such as meditation, yoga and Ayurveda. Your home at the Whidbey Yoga Lodge is simple and understated to support sadhana or practice, to inspire clarity, vision and understanding of the interconnectedness of all life.

What does it mean to be silent?

Silence starts with not talking…but it’s so much more.

We start with the intention to not talk or communicate once we set our container and begin the retreat. You are welcome to write notes to retreat leaders when you have questions or need assistance. Otherwise, we ask there to be no communication between guests, including not looking at other people’s faces, not making eye contact and not touching others. This may seem strict, but it opens the gateway to really focus internally, the whole point of a silent retreat. Once you get into the rhythm, you’ll be grateful for the space away from pleasing people or worrying about how they’ll react to you.

We ask all guests to maintain this noble silence throughout the retreat, which includes: no books, no electronics, no music, no phones or devices or other distractions. Again, this might feel extreme. The point is to not let yourself go to any distraction from what you’re really experiencing in the present moment. If taking a few days away from social media scares you, then you’re very ready for this journey.

We do encourage journaling to assist in the processing of your experience.

If you’ve never experienced the intimacy of silence – especially in today’s fast-paced, notification pinging, constant news driven, social media addicted, instant gratification world – you’ll never forget the spaciousness it brings. You’ll leave with more inner and outer love, tools to calm and center yourself, an understanding of what it means to let go, practices for deeper connection with other people, and the ability to be more present, conscious and to let go.  

We hope you’ll join us for this special weekend dedicated to YOU.

What have people experienced in silent retreats?

We’ll let our guests tell you in their own words what they’ve experienced in a silent meditation retreat.

This was truly one of the most memorable weekends. It left me feeling awake and focused. I am inspired to now have an unplugged time every day.” – Mona, South Korea

Grace creates an accessible, welcoming and safe environment that is both heart-warming and inspiring. Her energy and passion for what she does is infectious, so much so that a room full of strangers at the beginning of a weekend can feel like family by the end. You will be energized, challenged, comforted and much, much more. I cannot recommend this retreat enough.” – Ben, South Korea

This retreat has helped me reframe my expectations of myself and my expectations of others. I have been very judgmental of myself and I feel I have learned to let some of that go.” – Matt, Whidbey Island

After this retreat, I am committed to fear less, love more and to refresh my daily practice.” – Terri, Whidbey Island

I really benefitted from the meditation times that extended a little every day. I’ve been trying meditation on my own and using phone apps, but I’ve never tried more than 10-20 minutes. It showed me I can find a gap in the my thoughts without frustration and I can train my puppy mind. I also feel more connected to what love actually is after this retreat and how to focus on giving love in my life. I know now that if I give love from a selfless, compassionate place, I will also receive love.” – Tracie, Whidbey Island

During this retreat, I realized how distracted I am by my phone and laptop. I have loved being away from both and plan to have a few times daily when I look at them instead of just responding to every notification and sound.” – Jodi, Whidbey Island

This retreat helped me to reframe how I live every day! I’ve been wanting to return to the heart, but I’ve lost my way with the big changes and challenges of 2017. I want my heart to lead instead of the reactivity I have indulged in. The practices we did this weekend help me to connect the spiritual and physical and I’m inspired to keep practicing being in the Spiritual Heart.” Chrysalis, Whidbey Island

This weekend I really got the idea of responding instead of reacting to stress. I’m excited to apply the principles we’ve been using during meditation to my everyday life.” – Janet, Whidbey Island

Ready to know more or register?

If you have more questions, please contact us and ask! We’re happy to chat about your upcoming retreat experience and how you can feel the most comfortable and confident walking into a silent meditation retreat. It’s totally normal to be nervous, fearful or confused about a silent retreat and we’re happy to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

Need financial assistance or a partial scholarship? Please contact us to talk about options.

We’re also happy to offer you PayPal Credit which allows you to sign up now and make monthly payments via PayPal.  

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Soma Meets Silence 4 day Silent Retreat in the Beautiful Methow Valley, Washington

This weekend, let go of what keeps you from your dream;
Let go – into the abyss of your Self.

Join Jamie and Grace in 4 days of silence, community and nature to draw into your Self and your Source. This retreat will lead you to quiet your entire system in order to re-awaken your senses. Together we will unravel traumas and contractions as we engage our bodies in practices of drawing in, cleansing and moving through. We will learn to reflect upon the Earth’s natural rhythms and draw in the energies of the Autumnal Solstice – dreams, reflections and letting go.

Group sessions include daily guided breathwork and meditation, tools to release stored traumas and contractions, movement, sound and ceremony. You will leave with a blueprint for your daily practice – the foundation for healing. Come prepared to cleanse every dimension, seen and unseen, as we engage all systems in a conscious slowing down and reawaken our intuition to inwardly listen and heal.

Our food will reflect this intention to slow down and dissect our distractions. We will spend a day in digestive silence with organic juices, tea and water. All other meals will be light, fresh, organic, vegetarian, gluten, dairy and allergen-free. And, of course, made with Love.

Held at the beautiful Skalitude Retreat Center in the Methow Valley, WA, participants will have ample time to explore the ancient sacred lands, take a sweat in the sauna, and breathe and dance in the pristine natural surroundings. This is the perfect setting for you to remember your connection to the natural healing rhythms that live within and around you at all times.

The retreat will be held in a sacred container with opening and closing circles. We ask all attendees to arrive and depart as one group (times below) to honor this container. We also invite you to bring an offering as there will be a space to share your medicine and your dream.

HRIDAYA SILENT MEDITATION & YOGA RETREAT – Seoul

woman sitting on beach at sunset

The word Hridaya is a composite of the Sanskrit words “hrid” and “ayam”, meaning Heart Center.

Join Karissa Grace for this unique weekend, giving yourself a profound opportunity to quiet the mind, rejuvenate the body and open the heart. The Hridaya Silent Meditation & Yoga Retreat will be three days spent in noble silence in the beautiful Bukhansan mountains north of Seoul, allowing time to drop the everyday acts of doing and sink into just being.

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.

Using techniques from 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. We’ll also practice daily Hridaya Hatha Yoga, which 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.

Open to anyone, whether you are new to meditation and yoga or are experienced and have a daily practice.

For more information please contact Karissa Grace directly at [email protected] or www.bewholebehappy.com

Payments can be made to:
ShinHan Bank 신한 은행 110-363-129663 – 송보민
or to PayPal at [email protected]
**Note the early-bird registration discounts!**

220,000w for full retreat, lodging at Mountain Camp 95 Pension & five nourishing meals.
Register by Apr 19 for an early pricing of 180,000w!

You will also be asked to contribute one food item for our communal meals. Details given in May.

We will begin silence at 8:30pm on Friday and continue until 2pm on Sunday. If you will need to arrive late, please contact Karissa Grace in advance to arrange details. Plan to stay through 2pm Sunday as it will create the best container for all of us to connect and grow together.

Join us for a beautiful, fun and heart-opening weekend!