Amrita Silent Retreat Immersion-Sept.1-8

“Only in the depth of pure silence can we hear God’s voice.” - Amma

We live in a world of turbulence and turmoil, constantly bombarded by the chatter of our gadgets and minds. Understanding our need to shut out this noise and experience the deep inner peace and joy that is our true nature, Amma has urged her disciples in the USA to conduct extended silent meditation retreats.

MA Center San Ramon is offering a week-long Silent Retreat from Fri. September 1 to Fri., September 8. Amma’s North American based disciples, Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya, Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya and Bri. Rema Devi, will lead the retreat.  

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. REGISTER HERE>>

*Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to participate.
*Full day is required on all registered days.
*There is also an option to attend the first four days of the retreat for those that cannot attend the full retreat.
7 Day Retreat begins at 3:00 pm on Fri. Sept. 1 and ends at 1:00 pm on Fri. Sept. 8
4 Day Retreat begins at 3:00 pm on Fri. Sept. 1 and ends at 9:20 pm on Mon. Sept. 4

DEADLINE TO REGISTER - AUGUST 28

September 1 - Durga puja, 6-8.00 pm

This puja is open and free for the retreatants. Personal intention (sankalpa) registration can be made at $65.
Registration is required for those who are not part of the retreat. Register on Saturdays at the ashram.

DETAILS: 
This retreat reinforces existing spiritual practices and provides the foundation for a lifetime of meditation practice. Connecting with the sacred and ancient wisdom within ourselves brings meaning to life. Benefits include clarity and strength of mind to achieve your goals, staying centered in an ever-changing world and overcoming stress and tension.

Amma’s simple technique of breath awareness infused with the MA-OM mantras and open observation makes this retreat suitable for all levels of experience in meditation from beginner to advanced. Meditation format alternates between sitting and walking sessions.

Sample Daily Schedule:  

5:30-6:30 am                        Archana (optional)
6:30-7:10 am                        Seated Meditation
7:10-7:30 am                        Tea/Refresh
7:30-8:15 am                        Gentle Amrita Yoga stretches
8:15-9:00 am                        Guided IAM-35 Practice
9:00-9:30 am                        Light Breakfast
9:30-10:30 am                      Nature Walk
10:30-11:10 am                    Seated Meditation
11:10-11:30 am                    Refresh (juice/herbal tea)
11:30-11:50 am                    Walking Meditation
11:50-12:30 pm                    Seated Meditation
12:30-2:30 pm                      Lunch/Rest
2:30-3:30 pm                        Karma Yoga (Service projects)
3:30-4:10 pm                        Seated Meditation
4:10-4:30 pm                        Tea/Refresh
4:30-5:15 pm                        Spiritual Talk and/or Q&A
5:15-5:45 pm                        Walking Meditation
5:45-7:00 pm                        Bhajans
7:00-7:40 pm                        Seated Meditation
7:40-8:40 pm                        Dinner
8:40-9:20 pm                        Walking or Seated Meditation (optional)
9:20 pm                                 Journaling, sleep

*Detailed schedule will be emailed to each individual after registration.

FEES: 

7 Day Silent Retreat: $300 (until midnight, August 25); $350 (until midnight, August 28)

4 Day Silent Retreat:$200 (until midnight, August 25); $250 (until midnight, August 28)

*Fee includes three delicious vegetarian meals and refreshments each day. Overnight accommodations are not available at the MA Center San Ramon.

OFFSITE ACCOMMODATIONS: There are many options for accommodation near MA Center. Click here for a list of hotels in the vicinity>>

*Refund & Cancellation policy: Registration fees minus a $25.00 processing fee will be refundable until August 28th. After August 28th there are no refunds.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 
Retreatants must commit themselves to silence for the duration of the retreat, and promise they will respect others’ vow of silence, which includes behaving in ways that do not lure them into breaking their vow. The vow of silence includes refraining from the use of electronic communications such as cell phones, computers, iPads, etc. Other than the few optional sessions, retreatants must participate in all sessions, unless they are physically unwell.

Retreatants who have not taken IAM previously are requested to take the IAM course offered at MA Center San Ramon on August 19th and 20th, 2017. Those who need a refresher can attend the IAM Refresher course offered on August 20th.

Contact macsrevents@ammagroups.org for more information.