Individual as well as guided, silent seclusion retreats are the main offerings at the Ananda Meditation Retreat. Our various cabins and tent-bungalows suit all budgets and needs for this purpose. It is possible to be in silence in a self-contained abode: cooking meals, meditating in a comfortable, still atmosphere and creating a personal schedule for deepening one’s spiritual practices. If the secluder stays in a tent-bungalow, with no cooking facilities, this person may obtain three meals a day in our dining hall, partaking of healthy, organic vegetarian meals. Tables are designated for eating in silence, in order to respect those in seclusion and not wishing to interact with others.
One secluder wrote:
The silence at Seclusion Retreat, the sacred energy, the vibrations of love & spiritual attunement, always lead me into deeper meditations, deeper than ever before. Sometimes it’s challenging for me to just sit and listen, but not at Seclusion Retreat. Walks to Bald Mountain to watch the sun rising and setting over the mountain ridges top off this beautiful experience which I so highly recommend.
Several times a year, experienced meditation teachers lead guided, silent group seclusions, enabling the spiritual aspirant to deepen their practices, and have the support of others following the same schedule. The energy of a group meditating, chanting and walking together is very powerful, and ideal for those not accustomed for secluding on their own. (See “Guided Programs” for more information.)
Group leaders from all traditions are encouraged to bring their own groups of spiritual seekers, dedicated to deepening their meditation practice and inward experiences. Many kinds of programs are encouraged and supported. (See “Group Rental” for more information.)
Another guest who came for a retreat here stated:
I lived at the Meditation Retreat twenty years ago and helped build the temple. It was a very sacred time in my life and I had some amazing meditations there that I will always recall vividly. I recently spent a few days at the retreat and felt like I was going back in time. My meditations in the temple were just as intense as before and vibrations of divine love permeated my entire being. I strongly recommend the Meditation Retreat for those seeking to deepen their
Fidelity to grace in my life is fidelity to simplicity, rejecting ambition and analysis and elaborate thought, or even elaborate concern. A breath of Zen blows all these cobwebs out the window. Drop off all the piled-up garments of thought that do not fit me and are not “mine” – but to take only what is nameless. Whatever work is to be done is God’s and not mine, and I will not help matters, only hinder them, by too much care.
- Thomas Merton