Our early Summer Silent Retreat is a great gift to yourself. We spend more practice periods outside in the fresh air and sunshine - walking meditation near the pond or Self-Breema under the open sky. We gather together with new and old friends to navigate through the challenges of silent practice, and we all benefit so, so deeply. Experience shows us that these retreats are true health care, and they support us to live as we wish to be in more of our everyday lives.
You'll experience meditation (both sitting and walking), yoga asana, Breema: The Art of Being Present, playfulness, poems, delicious and vital vegetarian meals, time in nature and more... Free time is included to enjoy the property and to take care of yourself. Dave and Alana Pratt will lead the retreat, and they ask that you read all of the details below if you are interested in attending. The itinerary is also posted at the bottom of this page.
Registration/Payment: You must register for this retreat in advance and the rates before tax are: $400 for a single room in the house/$320 per person for a shared room (two people) in the house, $320 per person for camping (your tent) and $430 for one person lodging in the pond cabin or $335 per person if two people stay in the pond cabin. Rates include everything mentioned in the paragraph above; lodging, classes and meals. To register, you will need to follow these two steps: Click here to fill out our online registration and then return to this page and click here to pay your $100 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance at the end of the retreat with cash, check or credit card. (Note that credit card payments will include a 2.75% service fee.)
Attendance: Your full participation in this retreat supports you yourself and the rest of the group. We ask that everyone join us for the entire retreat. Please be seated in the classroom five minutes prior to the start of each session.
Silence: Participants will observe silence throughout the retreat. If there are any exceptions to this, clear guidelines will be given at those times.
Meditation: Most meditation periods will include sitting and walking meditation. The forms we will use are easy to follow and will include guidance as needed.
Meals: Meals will be vegetarian with an emphasis on organic and local ingredients. Both vegan and gluten-free options will be offered at each meal. With registration, you will have an opportunity to let us know of any food sensitivities or concerns.
What to bring: Meditation Cushions and yoga mats will be provided, but, if you have your own, please do bring them.
1.) Some participants can be lodged at True Nature. Lodging onsite is offered first-come, first-serve and includes our rustic cabin by the pond, bedrooms in the house and camping. Note that campers must bring their own camping gear including a tent.
2. ) For those who prefer to stay offsite, the rate for this retreat is $275, plus tax. There are numerous inns, bed and breakfasts and cabins very nearby to True Nature. We suggest Hotel Millersburg, Zincks, The Barn Inn, The Inn at Honey Run, Tranquil Acres, Ferngully Creek Cabins, Cricket Hill Cabins, Mrs. Miller's Cabins and the Comfort Inn. The Barn Inn is only about 1/4 of a mile away from True Nature and makes for a nice walk along our quiet country road. For a more complete listing, email or call us.
Silent Retreat Itinerary
Friday, May 31
2:15 Opening Circle
2:45 - 4:15 Meditation and Self-Breema
4:30 - 6:00 Yoga
7:30 - 9:00 Evening Practice
Saturday, June 1
6:30 - 7:45 Yoga
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 11:45 Meditation & Breema
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 - 3:00 Breema
3:00 - 4:30 Meditation (Sitting and Walking)
7:30 - 9:00 Evening Activity
Sunday, June 2
6:30 - 7:45 Yoga
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 - 11:30 Meditation and Breema
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch Break and Closing