17-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat


Deepen Your Retreat Experience

Gain Insight into Awareness, Compassion, Love, and Freedom

The 17-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique opportunity to spend a longer period in silent Self-Enquiry, diving deeper into the teachings of the Spiritual Heart while being held in a supportive group atmosphere.

Led by senior Hridaya Yoga teachers Sahajananda, Antoaneta Gotea, and Claud Vaduva and presented in Longeval only once per year, this retreat will bring your practice to a new, more profound level. It creates the conditions in which you can experience penetrating insights into Awareness, Compassion, Beauty, Love, Bliss, and Freedom.

The retreat begins with participation in a 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat. As it progresses, the meditation sessions become longer, the energy builds, the mind starts to quiet, and the ever-present background of Stillness begins to reveal itself.

The final 7 days of the retreat bring even more gifts, including special teachings and practices that are only shared in this format.

To participate, all you need is the aspiration to spend 17 days in silent communion with your inner self. This extended period of practice offers revitalization, inspiration, and lasting spiritual transformation.

Please note that Sahajananda will lead the initial 10 days of the retreat with the final 7 days being co-led by Antoaneta Gotea and Claud Vaduva.

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.

“In Silence, I found the most miraculous of all medicines, in the Heart I found my long-lost ‘pure me,’ in Self-Enquiry, I found the best psychologist, and in the Hridaya Community, I found that ‘love is in the air.’”



In addition to the content of the initial 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat, this retreat features:

  • Tonglen, a Buddhist practice of compassion
  • Presentations about Advaita and Christianity: the wisdom of Jesus considered from the non-dual perspective
  • Walking meditation
  • St. Teresa of Avila’s inspiring teachings on the degrees of contemplation
  • More commentary about mental void, Stillness, and nirodha parinama (“the transformation of cessation”)
  • Stories and narratives that detail the enlightenment of great masters: insight from inside the process
  • The 3-2-1-0 Method
  • Beauty as a means and Reality
  • Selected practices from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, a sacred text of Kashmir Shaivism


Morning Sessions

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

Afternoon Sessions

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

Pricing and Registration

Click Pricing and Registration for a list of prices and types of accommodation available for this retreat.
Dates Retreat Teachers Pricing and Registration
July 24 - August 11, 2019 17-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat Sahajananda, Antoaneta Gotea and Claud Vaduva

Please Note:

  • This course is presented in English.
  • Please read the Payment and Refund Guidelines before booking.
  • 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 accommodations 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. Even if you are wholly unfamiliar with meditation, you are welcome to join as long as you are inspired to commit to the entire 17-day period.