bali meditation retreat

Silent Meditation Retreats in Ubud, Bali

with Ramananda Mayi & Lily Goncalves

– Free 5 Day Retreats* –

The noble art of silent meditation is a powerful tool to unlock the highest potential of human life and there is no greater gift to give yourself than spending time in silence and deep reflection to open the doors to your life’s purpose.

Silent meditation allows you to find the answers to life’s deepest questions from within, and helps reveal greater states of clarity, well-being and inner peace.  It purifies the mind and opens the Heart so that you may live with greater wisdom and compassion in each moment of your life. The inner transformation that occurs when you simply allow yourself to completely let go and relax into your natural state is truly incomparable.

If you need to spend some time slowing down, clarifying your purpose in the world, or want to go deep within, these free silent meditation retreats are perfect for you. Our retreats tailor to both beginner and intermediate students who are interested in the yogic approach to spiritual liberation.  These courses provide a strong foundation in which you can continue a meditation and pranayama practice at home.

In addition to 3 sessions of meditation daily, our Silent Meditation Retreats also feature a gentle Hatha Yoga class in the morning that may include Yin Yoga as well as restorative postures, Yoga Nidra (Pyschic Sleep) in the afternoon, as well as evening Dharma Talks.

These Bali meditation retreats promise to change your life in ways that you could never have dreamed.  Learning and practicing meditation and pranayama daily is the cornerstone of Yoga practices, and should be made a priority in everyone’s life.  The benefits reaped from such practices extend to all facets of life: our relationships, confidence, wisdom, compassion, sincerity, love, respect, creativity and insight.  All of these attributes arise from a source within, and the only way to access it, is to remain silent, listen and witness inside as your highest potential reveals itself.

*minus food & accommodations

Retreats Include

3 Silent Meditation Sessions Daily
These sessions are the foundation of the retreat and are a rare opportunity to completely immerse into silent stillness.  A complete method of silent meditation, from the yogic tradition, will be taught and will form the basis of practice for beginners new to meditation. This technique includes controlled breathing methods to stabilize the mind (pranayama), and 3 root practices to concentrate the mind upon silence:

  1. Breath Awareness
  2. Mantra
  3. Self-Inquiry

Intermediate students, with more experience and an already existing practice, are welcome to practice according to the techniques and methods they prefer.

1 Yoga Class Daily
Suitable for all levels the daily yoga class is a fluid sequencing of postures, linked with the breath, to revitalize and rejuvenate both body, mind & spirit.

These energizing and healing classes help the physical body to let go of habitual tension and channel the subtle energy into the spine.

Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra is a powerful, scientific method based on ancient Tantric texts, of complete mental, physical & emotional relaxation.   An invaluable tool for manifestation, letting go of habitual patterns, and connecting to your true nature,  Yoga Nidra releases built up tension, stress and anxiety, providing a perfect tool for the often fast-paced life of the modern world. Yoga Nidra induces the mind to transition from the waking state, through the “hypogonic” state (between waking and dream), into dream and deep sleep states. This transition however is not done unconsciously. Using the tool of Yoga Nidra the transition is done with full consciousness and allows the practitioner to access layers of the subconscious mind with clarity and mindfulness. This allows for the release of many negative patterns in the mind to unravel and ultimately dissolve. This state of heightened awareness, coupled with the equipoise of mind that yoga nidra promotes, ultimately helps elevate us the higher levels of spirituality where inner wisdom and compassion express themselves effortlessly.

Satsang
Satsang is simply an opportunity to live in Yoga, or Union, with the Divine.  Through the 3-fold process of listening to the teachings of the Awakened Ones, reflecting upon these teachings and through an uninterrupted abidance in the present moment, our True Self or Natural State emerges.  This natural liberation is one of the greatest gifts bestowed by Divine Grace upon each one of us when our hearts are pure and an intense longing for liberation arises.

These powerful sessions with Lily and Ramananda are a rare opportunity to gain insight into the teachings of the yogis and learn how to apply them into our lives; so we may truly live in Yoga – Divine Union. These “talks” often focus upon clarifying the path, answering questions and resolving doubts, while also transmitting the essence of the teachings by empowering each individual to continually reflect and abide in their own True Self.

Meditation Retreat Teachers

 
Ramananda MayiAuthor of “The Essential Teachings of Yoga,” Ramananda inspires the awakening of the spiritual heart through the wisdom traditions of Yoga, Tantra and Vedanta. A natural born mystic, vedic priest, astrologer and ayurvedic medicinal healer he facilitates yoga teacher’s trainings, vedic sacred arts workshops and discourses regularly in spiritual retreat centers around the world.  His teachings originate from the Vedas and the oral tradition of the enlightened saints of India which he received from his gurus and extensive pilgrimages throughout Asia. His extensive knowledge of the mystery teachings of the Vedas and Tantras coupled with his expertise in ceremony, ritual, Sanskrit chanting, mudras and mandalas opens the gateways into….

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yoga retreat teacher in baliLily’s yearning for yoga has brought her to seek out its True Essence; it’s essential nature of being and the timeless wisdom that embodies these sacred teachings. Lily is honored to have worked with her dear friend Kate Potter on the Yoga T.V.  & D.V.D series Namaste, and as well as produced her own Yoga Nidra CD’s as tools for meditation, health & healing, and awareness training.  Lily’s special interest lies in Meditation, Advaita Vedanta, Mantra & Tantra, Bhakti Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Along with her love for the mystic poets, dance, art, music, & sacred pilgrimages throughout India and Asia, Lily shares the multiple ways that our divine nature expresses itself both through the teachings & in our daily lives….

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Accommodation Options

1. ON-SITE: You may choose to live on-site and pay $440 for a shared, luxury room + 3 meals daily.

 This option is recommended for all Yoga Teacher Training students wishing to join us for the meditation retreat after their YTT course and tourists visiting Ubud.  

2.  OFF-SITE: You may choose to live off-site and commute to the retreat daily

We recommend this option only for locals that are already established here in Ubud.  As living off-site entails commuting, it can be challenging for someone to arrive in Bali, find their own accommodation and arrange transport to/from the retreat venue, with such an intensive schedule.

Meditation Retreat Venue

For those wishing to live ON-SITE you can enjoy the comfort, luxury, and peace of our amazing retreat venue at one of the most affordable prices worldwide.  With spacious rooms, plunge pools in each villa, en-suite kitchenettes, full sized bathrooms, and a friendly, full time staff who will attend to your every need, these brand new villas provide tropical, outdoor living to connect with the stunning natural surroundings.

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Meals

We source as much organic and locally grown produce as possible for the 3 healthy and delicious vegetarian meals included within the accommodations costs for those staying on-site.

For those staying off-site, these same 3 meals are available for only $96 for the entire course.

A Light Breakfast after the morning meditation class consists of seasonal fresh fruits with granola, yogurt and honey to keep the body and mind light, clear and full of energy. Dinner is a set menu of various healthy, international dishes, including soup, salad, main course and desert.

*We are also able to accommodate for vegan, low-gluten diets and some allergies, however as the meals are set for the entire group we cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free or sugar-free diet.

 

 Schedule:

  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Orientation
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner 
  • 5:30 – 6:00 am: Wake-up Bell
  • 6:00 – 6:30 am: Tea/Coffee
  • 6:30 – 8:00 am: Meditation
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Break
  • 10:00 – 11:30 am: Yoga Class and Meditation Instructions
  • 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30 – 2:30 pm: Break
  • 2:30 – 4:30 pm: Yoga Nidra and Meditation
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm : Tea
  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Satsang and Meditation
  • 8:30 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • Before 12:00 pm: Check-Out

For those staying on-site  (6 nights in a shared room), a 50% deposit of $220 is due upon acceptance into the retreat and can be paid through an online credit card payment .  The remaining 50% will be due on the first day of the retreat and can be paid in cash (USD) or by credit card (in Rupiah + 2.25% transaction fee).

Cancellation Policy: Once the deposit is paid we, unfortunately, cannot provide any refunds, as all the funds go directly to the resort to secure your reservation.

– Schedule –

may 2017

july 2017

Retreat Guidelines

– Please read carefully, as your consent to meet these conditions is necessary to be accepted into the retreat – 

Vow of Silence
Each retreat participant will be asked to maintain complete verbal silence for the duration of the retreat. This essential self-discipline is necessary to maintain the integrity of the retreat and to respect fellow meditators. In the event that you break your silence you will be given a few a gentle reminders. If you are not able to maintain silence you will be asked to leave the retreat in order to preserve the silence for the rest of the group*. We ask that you turn off all cell phones as well as all musical devices during the retreat.

*Please note that food/accommodation fees are non-refundable

 

Class Attendance
Students are expected to attend all the classes, unless living off-site.
Vegetarian Diet
All retreat participants are asked to practice non-violence for the duration of the retreat. 3 healthy, vegetarian meals will be provided to help maintain this foundation of yogic practices.
Modest Dress Code
We recommend wearing light-colored, loose and comfortable clothing during your retreat.
Abstaining from Intoxicants & Sexual Activity
Retreat participants are asked to refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking, or consuming recreational drugs, due to the possible adverse effects that these substances may have when combined with yogic practices. To conserve the vital life force and derive the most benefit from meditation, we advise that all participants refrain from engaging in sexual activity.

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We are honored to receive your application, and to ensure the highest quality retreat possible please make sure that you consent to our retreat guidelines, before sending an application form. Please be aware that these free retreats generally fill up 2 months before they begin, and we typically receive over 50 applications per course and only accept 24 students.  As such, please spend some focused time, in a calm environment,  filling out your application form with all the relevant details asked for, so that we may assess if our retreat is appropriate for you.  Please give us as much detail as possible in the sections regarding your meditation background and experience. Applicants will receive confirmation within 3-7 days of applying, whether they have been accepted to the retreat.

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FAQ

I'm a complete beginner - will this retreat be appropriate for me?!
As we receive many applications for the meditation retreats we select students with a long background in both meditation, yoga asana, and in their spiritual path.

 

The intensity of this retreat requires each participant to immerse themselves in 6-8 hours each day of sitting meditation (up to 1.5 hrs. per session).  As such, many beginners find it very challenging, and it is not recommended to anyone that cannot sit for at least 30 minutes in one position.

What we recommend for complete beginners is to continue learning about meditation and yoga and to continue immersing themselves in the spirituality that the yoga tradition offers. One way to do this is, is to join one of our Yoga Retreats in Bali, where we teach the foundational practices of both yoga and meditation. These yoga retreat do get filled quickly, so please look online to see which dates are still available if you’re interested. Click here to learn more about our BALI YOGA RETREATS

What is your lineage, tradition and approach to meditation & spiritual liberation?!
Our teachings originate from the Vedas and the ancient wisdom tradition of the yogis of India.  Specifically, we teach Shri Vidya, which is an integrative and holistic approach to human evolution that emphazises the cultivation of Wisdom (Jnana Yoga), while using the means of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga) and Self-Discipline (Raja Yoga) as adjuncts to purify the mind and prepare it for enlightenement (Atma Sakshat Kara).

 

Our approach of Shri Vidya Maha Yoga emphasizes the non-dual teachings (Advaita Vedanta) of the great sages of our tradition like Ramana Maharshi, Adi Shankara and Amma Shri Karunamayi. Our approach is that ultimately you are the embodiment of Spirit in form and to discover this is to let go of all that which is clouding the remembrance of your true nature. This entails purification of the thought patterns, emotions, memories and samsakaras (imprints) through techniques and practices. Pure Awareness is the principle mode we advise for letting go into this natural state of yoga.  This is an act of surrendering and letting go of all illusions, attachments, and aversions to what Is.  It is the deepest self-acceptance of one own self and consequently of all that is.  This is pure love, pure bliss, and pure consciousness.

Do you offer retreats on any other dates than what is listed on your website?
Sorry, the dates you see here are the only ones available, and the website is updated regularly.
Can I start whenever I want?
Because our retreats are in such high demand, we give preference to students who can be with us and the group for the duration of the programs.  However, if you need to arrive on any other day please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you 🙂
Are meals included? Where do we eat?
For those staying on-site the accommodation fee also includes a delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the retreat.

A Light Breakfast before the morning class consists of seasonal fresh fruits with granola, yogurt and honey to keep the body and mind clear and full of energy.

Lunch and dinners are a set menu of various international cuisines from Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, India, Greece, Vietnam, Italy, and America, expertly cooked by our master chef.

For those staying off-site you may choose to eat at home or for only $96 you may enjoy these same 3 meals per day.

We try to source as much local, sustainable, and organic foods as possible for our menu.

Is there internet/WIFI available?

We highly encourage you to turn off all devices and enjoy a “digital detox” during the entire duration of the retreat so you may go deeper. However, there is free wifi available in each villa that can be used for essential communications.

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