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Silent Meditation Retreat in Mexico

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The retreat was specifically created to guide people in coming to an intimate understanding of what Self-Enquiry meditation is in order to experience the inner transformation that it brings.

The program aims to create an experience resembling a Solitary Retreat (as in a cave), in order to provide the opportunity to reach the Deep States of Consciousness, kindle intense Aspiration for the Divine, and arrive at the highly focused interiorization that enables the Opening of the Heart.

This method is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet harmoniously and merge into the same Ineffable Reality.

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

Meet the instructors

Kyle & Sasha
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Highlights

  • Hatha yoga sessions in a special spiritual style
  • Bring an inner transformation through self-inquiry meditation
  • Daily special meditations on themes connected with self-revelation
  • Unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen
  • Learn to still the mind using breath control
  • No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily wholesome vegan and vegetarian meals and desserts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

The main house is made of mostly natural materials: wood and bricks. It has a spacious meditation hall of 100 meters square feet with a wooden floor and lots of huge windows from which you can enjoy a panoramic peaceful view over the valley and forest. In the same building, there is a kitchen and dining room in a traditional Mexican style, as well as bathrooms and six twin, triple, or quadruple rooms. There are large terraces, both covered and opened, where you can relax and enjoy nature. There are also hammocks on the territory as well as some beautiful spots where you can meditate alone.

Rooms

  • Dorm: one bunk bed
  • Twin room with a shared bathroom
  • Twin cabin with a private bathroom
  • Twin room with a private bathroom

Program

The retreat was specifically created to guide people in coming to an intimate understanding of what self-inquiry meditation is in order to experience the inner transformation that it brings. The program aims to create an experience resembling a solitary retreat (as in a cave), in order to provide the opportunity to reach deep states of consciousness, kindle intense aspiration for the divine, and arrive at the highly focused interiorization that enables the opening of the heart.

This method is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet harmoniously and merge into the same ineffable reality. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginners and advanced meditators alike. There is an agreement that during main meditation hours the construction work will stop working and support the silence.

During the retreat, you will

  • Have a chance to step aside from all the hustle and bustle of city life and relax in the stillness of nature surrounded by pine forests or mountains
  • Experience the profound inner transformation that meditation brings on all levels of your being
  • Restore your mind, body, and soul through yoga and meditation practice, detox programs, or healthy Ayurvedic food

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

  • The self-inquiry 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

This retreat features Guided Meditations, Lectures, and Practical Tools including:

  • Ramana Maharshi’s Atma Vichara method of introspection (Who Am I?)
  • Techniques to still the mind using Breath Control
  • Study of the symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
  • Methods of passing from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
  • Methods of Self-centering in daily life
  • A proper understanding of Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental tenets
  • Hatha Yoga sessions in a special spiritual style
  • Other Yogic Methods that approach the issue of the Spiritual Heart
  • Sacred Poetry
  • The four fundamental stages in the process of the revelation of the Spiritual Heart
  • Advice for maintaining awareness in the Spiritual Heart in the tradition of the Fathers of the Desert (from Christianity)
  • Daily special Meditations on themes connected with Self-revelation
  • The Christian method of the Prayer of the Heart

Daily schedule

Daily schedule is split into two parts: a morning session (7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) and an afternoon or evening session (4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.).

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Meditation

Hridaya meditation for the revelation of the spiritual heart, Atman. This meditation will begin in smaller segments (for example, with short hourly breaks), building to one continuous, deep meditation session.

  • 09:00 - 09:45 Breakfast in the Hridaya yoga center dining room
  • 09:45 - 11:00 Relevant lecture teaching
  • 11:00 - 12:30: Hatha yoga

Practice of techniques, especially those that facilitate the revelation of the spiritual heart: a simultaneous (class-like) group practice

  • 12:30 - 13:00 Meditation - the revelation of the spiritual heart
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Lunch and rest in the Hridaya Yoga dining room
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Meditation

This meditation will begin in smaller segments (for example, with short hourly breaks), building to one continuous, deep meditation session.

  • 18:30 - 19:30 Individual practice and dinner in the Hridaya Yoga dining room
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Question and answer session
  • 20:30 - 21:30 Spiritual discourse lecture and final evening meditation

Note

A single, gentle bell ring will mark the end of each meditation or other period and will signal a short break. A series of bell tones will indicate that the next meditation or another period will begin within two minutes and that it is time to take your seat and cease movement in the hall. A final, single bell will signal the start of a new session. Please do not enter the hall after the final bell has rung.

Why join a silent retreat at Hriyada?

Here, you may enjoy family-loving care, the stillness of nature, simplicity, the comfort of the space, and spiritual guidance based on the authentic ancient teachings: all those conditions which will let you feel safe, supported, and go deeper into your practice. This is the path of the spiritual heart - Hridaya. This method is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet harmoniously and merge into the same ineffable reality.

You will learn a form of self-inquiry meditation inspired by the non-dual teachings of the great sage Ramana Maharshi. Hridaya Family meditation center is happy to invite you to their family meditation center, where they will take care of you during your retreat. Their deepest aspiration is to share the ancient spiritual teachings in a loving family atmosphere. This magical and quiet place is situated in the very heart of authentic Mexico (Chiapas) at an altitude of 2200 meters above the sea. They are surrounded by forests, valleys, and mountains.

The aspiration is to make this space and the retreats accessible to everyone, so they try to keep the prices for the course, food, or accommodation as low as possible. Thanks to the integral approach which embraces different authentic traditions (Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen) you will discover that: in the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet and merge into the same ineffable reality.

Instructors

Kyle Brooks

Sasha Medvedovskaya

Location

The retreat will take place in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Resting in the healing power of nature, in the heart of Mayan culture. The retreat center is situated in the forest, in the mountains of Chiapas (Mexico) which is a region of authentic Maya culture and numerous natural beauties. The house is situated just 10 to 15 minutes away by car from an ancient colonial town San Cristobal de las Casas which is famous for its beautiful historical center and for being a cultural center where traditions from all over the world meet in music, food, and art.

And at the same time before or after your retreat, you may easily visit numerous treasures of Chiapas, the region which has Mayan ruins, jungle, lakes, canyons, waterfalls, ocean coasts, and more. This area has a very balanced climate: situated at an altitude of 2200 meters, the temperature here is 18 to 25 degrees around the whole year, which makes it an ideal place for relaxation and meditation. Here, in a quiet and beautiful pine forest, they have created this small but very cozy place that is ideal for silent meditation group retreats or an individual solitary retreat.

Distances

  • San Cristobal de las Casas - 10 - 15 minutes drive

Food

During this retreat, you will be served delicious and healthy vegan and vegetarian meals with love included in the price. Hridaya Family meditation center offers wholesome vegan and vegetarian meals and desserts, based on the principles of the ancient Indian medicine Ayurveda. It takes into consideration not only the psychophysiological type, but also the area where you live, season, and time of the day. All meals are designed by Irina, the in-house nutritionist.

This area is particularly abundant with fruits and vegetables because there are various climate zones in the same region. So, in preparing the meals, they use local and seasonal products as well as some delicious fruits (mango, papaya, watermelons, guayaberas (guava), guanabanas (soursop), lychees, melons, passion fruit, and more) from the nearby areas of the tropical jungle.

The basic menu is vegan, but for those who wish, they offer some organic eggs, milk, and honey. There is no refined flour, refined sugar, refined oils, and trans-fats used in the meals. All food is made and served with love. Hridaya Family meditation center is happy to accommodate any special nutritional needs or preferences to make sure you have a delightful and transformational relationship with food during your stay with them.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Lectures
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious and nutritious meals
  • Water and tea served throughout the day
  • Pre and post-retreat support from the team
  • Parking

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

If you arrive by bus at San Cristobal de las Casas, the Hridaya Family meditation center can pick you up at the bus station (for an extra 5 USD).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Please note that there is a screening process before you can book this listing. It will be done upon inquiry.

Special discount

There are several discount offered by the organizer as below:

  • For May until August retreats, there is a 15% early bird discount if you book before August 1, 2024.
  • For November 7 and December 19 retreats, there is a 10% early bird discount if you book before July 31, 2024.
  • For January 2 and February 16 2025 retreats, there is a 10% early bird discount if you book before August 31, 2024.
  • For March 21 retreat, there is a 10% early bird discount if you book before September 30, 2024.
  • For April 17 retreat, there is a 10% early bird discount if you book before October 31, 2024.

 

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