10-Day Silent Retreat
For Ashtanga practitioners sometimes the most difficult if not dreaded part of the practice is sitting still. Yet taking time to cultivate finishing postures, pranayama forms as well as meditation practice can enliven and bring a whole new depth to our daily asana practice. In this silent retreat we will focus on the balancing combination of asana, meditation and breathing practices. Each day we will sit, practice Mysore style, chant, explore postures in depth in guided sessions and work with the philosophical underpinnings of the elements of compassion and an understanding of the nature of the mind and the body.
Most days will be spent in meditative silence to allow the practices to be assimilated and take root. What better place to experiment with silence than in the supportive environment of the ocean and nature that is part of the Samahita experience. The retreat is appropriate for beginning and seasoned meditation practitioners alike. To understand more about this retreat please read this testimonial.
This retreat is a remarkable opportunity to slow down, reflect and go deeply into practice. Immersed in the richness of nature and the tropics, when we introduce silence of speech, something magical happens. Spaces, insights, and a sense of groundedness emerge freely. These shifts in experience and perspective are always there in the background, but when we introduce the freedom of silence, they shine forth.
Day two we ease into silence and on the last full day we ease back out. Students are encouraged to keep silent, stay off screens, and take advantage of the rare opportunity for reflection and renewal in the vastness of nature. Mary and Richard will be available if difficulties, doubts or questions within the practice arise.
Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968, beginning with one simple sitting posture in the Zen tradition. He spent nine years in Asia studying yoga asana, Sufism, Sanskrit language, and Indian philosophical texts, contextualizing them within the turbulent political times of that period in history. In 1974 Richard began working with B.K.S. Iyengar, with whom he studied precise alignment principles, applying them to his own internally rooted experience of the forms. Drawing from this variety of contemplative traditions, and from Buddhism, in which he cultivates a deep interest, Richard teaches the Ashtanga Vinyasa method of yoga as taught by his principal teacher, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Richard’s metaphorical, often humorous, teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities. He teaches workshops and trainings throughout the world, and remains an avid student fascinated by the linking points between different traditions and cultures. He is the co-founder, with Mary, of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado; has produced a number of highly regarded yoga audio and video recordings; and is the author of The Mirror of Yoga and co-author of The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).
Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971, soon after she came home from France with a grande diplôme from Julia Child’s cooking school, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes. She found yoga at first a means of finding equanimity during the stress of University, and it was that thread of balance that got her hooked. It was not until 1988 and finding her primary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system that she experienced the profound and transformative impact that a dedicated and daily practice can have on all aspects of life. She continues to study and practice yoga and Buddhist teachings with great enthusiasm and inquisitiveness, with an eye on how the residue that is produced on the mat (and cushion) through these teachings informs and supports all aspects of everyday life. Mary travels and teaches with Richard and also within the caregiver and hospital setting as part of the core faculty of the Being with Dying program (Upaya Zen Center) and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Trainings. In 1988 she co-founded, with Richard, the Yoga Workshop. Mary is also the author of three cookbooks and the co-author of What Are You Hungry For? Women Food and Spirituality (St. Martins Press) and The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day. The daily schedule will be slightly different on day one, giving time to adjust to being in the retreat setting and embracing time in silence. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|6.45am||Tea / Coffee / Fruit|
|7.15 am – 7:45am||Sit|
|7.45 am – 8:00am||Break|
|8.00 am – 10:00am||Asana (Mysore)|
|10.00 am – 10:45am||Breakfast (silence)|
|10.45 am – 12.00pm||Sit / Walk|
|12.00 pm – 1.30 pm||Brunch Buffet (silence)|
|1.30 – 3.45 pm||Personal Time|
|3.45 – 4.00 pm||Sit|
|4.00 – 6.00 pm||Chanting and Lecture|
|6.00 – 7.00 pm||Dinner Buffet (Silence)|
|7.00 – 7.30 pm||Evening Sit|
Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of room, buffets, and practices for the duration of the program dates
|Room Type||Retreat Rate|
|Shared Two-Bedroom Loft||$1,720|
Subject to availability, we have Friends & Family rates for any registered Samahita Retreat guest’s partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to them.