10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat

Stillness

Discover Your True Nature

Dive Deep into the Teachings of the Spiritual Heart

The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique 10-day immersion experience which uses an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques to access your real and essential nature, known as the Spiritual Heart, the Supreme Self, or atman.

During the retreat, you will explore the Spiritual Heart from a variety of perspectives, including esoteric Christianity, Sufism, and Kashmir Shaivism. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet and merge into the same ineffable Reality.

This program creates an experience resembling a solitary retreat (as in a cave) to provide you with the opportunity to reach the deep states of consciousness that enable the revelation of the Heart. The approach is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Tantra Yoga, and Dzogchen.

 

You will learn a form of Self-Enquiry meditation inspired by the non-dual teachings of the great sage Ramana Maharshi.

Most importantly, this retreat will help you experience what it means to be centered in the Heart. This means to be aware of that peaceful and eternal core of your being, which cannot be perceived by the rational mind but is the source of all inspiration, love, and beauty.

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginners and advanced meditators alike.

This retreat is guided in English.

“Doing Hridaya Meditation and retreats has transformed my life forever. I have blossomed as a spiritual aspirant and have the tools to continue growing. I am forever grateful to be blessed with this grace, and for Sahajananda, Ramana Maharshi, and these teachings.”

-Allie, USA

Content

The retreat includes guided meditations, lectures, and practical methods including:

  • The Self-Enquiry method of Ramana Maharshi (using the question “Who am I?”)
  • Techniques for stilling the mind using breath awareness
  • The symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
  • Methods of Self-centering in everyday life
  • How to maintain awareness of the Spiritual Heart, in the tradition of the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert (from Christianity)
  • The Christian “Prayer of the Heart”
  • Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental principles
  • Methods for moving from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
  • The four fundamental aspects of the process of revealing your True Nature
  • Daily themed meditations related to Self-awareness
  • Poetry
  • Hridaya Hatha Yoga sessions
  • A contemplation of death as a way to transcend desires and the tendencies of the ego
  • An inspiring lecture on the meaning of true love

Schedule

Morning Sessions

7:00-9:00Meditation (beginning in shorter segments)
9:00-9:45Breakfast
9:45-11:00Lecture
11:00-12:30Hridaya Hatha Yoga
12:30-13:00Meditation
13:00-14:00Lunch
14:00-14:45Karma Yoga
14:45-15:30Rest

Afternoon Sessions

15:30-18:00Meditation (beginning in shorter segments)
18:00-18:30Time for personal practice
18:30-19:15Dinner
19:15-20:15Daily themed spiritual discourse and Q&A (length depends on the number of questions)
20:15-~21:00Final evening meditation

Practicalities

Click Pricing and Registration for a list of prices and types of accommodation available for the dates you are interested in.
DatesTeachersPricing and Registration
November 8 - 19, 2018 Arnaud Philibert and Paulina Gostomski
December 27, 2018 - January 7, 2019 Alison Bond and David Coleman
January 31 - February 11, 2019 Alison Bond and David Coleman
March 7 - 18, 2019 Arnaud Philibert and Antoaneta Gotea

Note that this course is presented in English.

Please read the Payment and Refund Guidelines before booking.

Please note that the dates listed above are for accommodation. The course begins the morning after the date of arrival and ends the evening before departure. Check-in is available from 14:00 on arrival day. Please plan to allow enough time to get settled in your accommodation before the Orientation Session that will be held at 17:00. Note that it is not possible to join the retreat after 7:00 on the first day.

Hridaya Yoga France is a non-profit organization and we believe everyone should have the opportunity to practice, which is why we keep our prices low. If the prices still exceed your budget, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship. We will happily consider your request and try to find a way to support you.

This retreat will be held at Domaine de Longeval, a beautiful property nestled in the Beaujolais countryside

No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary to participate in this retreat.