Retreat Director: Swami Gurucharanananda (Mataji)
It’s a new year! There’s a sense of fresh possibilities and energy for change. That makes it a perfect time to pause, reflect, relax, and clarify your direction for the year ahead.
Our New Year’s Silent Retreats have been popular for over thirty years. Seasoned retreat goers as well as those trying a retreat for the first time enjoy this opportunity to press pause on their busy lives.
It’s amazing what a little silence can do! The silence of the Retreat helps participants slow down to truly nourish body, mind and spirit. Away from the demands of normal daily life, many find themselves reacquainted with their ideals, their dreams and the ways they can bring their “regular” lives into alignment.
Retreat participants keep silence, but the presenters and staff speak to bring you all levels (beginner to experienced) of yoga’s physical poses, meditation techniques, and a variety of talks to help you renew healthy mental and physical goals for 2014.
The New Year Silent Retreat offers:
The gentle and practical teachings of Integral Yoga, including daily practice of asana (the physical poses), pranayama (breathing practices), guided deep relaxation and meditation
The profound support of a yogic environment, including yogic diet (delicious, nutritious and organic vegetarian meals),
mauna (the practice of contemplative silence), the natural beauty and sacred spaces of Yogaville
Inspiration to help you forge your individual path
This retreat is suited to students of all levels of experience. Those new to Yoga and the practice of silence will receive full instruction and support. Experienced retreatants can move even more deeply within. You will also have the opportunity to seek additional guidance or clarification by asking questions in writing.
“This was my first experience attending a silent retreat and it far surpassed my expectations. The staff at Yogaville is what made the difference. They have a genuine compassion for all participants, and sincerely want each person to get the most from their experience. The setting is beautiful – very peaceful and calm – and one cannot help but be profoundly moved upon entering the Lotus Shrine for the first time. I highly recommend participating in any program offered by Yogaville, but in particular the silent retreat.”
~ Kelly McDermott Harman, Silent Retreat participant
“With so much chatter about ‘spirituality’ and ‘finding your center’ in mainstream culture, the true meaning of those two important concepts has, in some ways, been lost. My time at Yogaville really helped me to LIVE both of those ideals — to have a taste of what it means to honor yourself while serving the community. I experienced so much beauty in the five days of the Yogaville Silent Retreat that I cannot wait for my next visit!”
~ Lori Sousa, Silent Retreat participant
Swami Gurucharanananda, the retreat director, lovingly referred to as “Mataji,” is a senior monk-disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj. She is one of our most popular teachers, at Yogaville and abroad. Mataji serves in many capacities through Guest Services. She enjoys waking you up! leading guided meditations, Hatha Yoga classes, and meditation workshops, and is a loved mentor/counselor to retreatants and guests. She reads from Sri Gurudev’s talks and teachings during lunch, offers Guru-Puja and has a joy-filled smile for everyone!