Spiritual Heart Silent Meditation Retreats

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Spiritual Heart 3 and 5-Day Silent Meditation and Yoga Retreats In Bali

The Samyama Spiritual Heart Silent Meditation retreat is a profound experience of silence, self-inquiry, and authentic forms of meditation.

All paths ultimately lead to the same place, and that place is inside of you. It has been there all along.

The only thing you need is the time, support, and inspiration to discover it. Once you do, you never lose that connection.

To return to that place of peace and unconditional love, you simply need to sit quietly in stillness and remember.

Ignite your meditation practice with a 3 or 5 day Spiritual Heart Silent retreat. It may bring about profound insights, and at the least, shift your present experience.

The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.
-Rumi

2024 Dates

  • April 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 – 5 day
  • May 30, 31, June 1 – 3 day
  • July 11, 12, 13 – 3 day
  • August 15, 16, 17 – 3 day
  • September 26, 27, 28 – 3 day
  • November 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – 5 day
  • December 12, 13, 14 – 3 day
  • December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 – 5 day

Our Packages

Non Residential

Course fee and 3 meals per day.

Standard Package

Accommodation onsite in either our semi-shared Villa Mezzanine or a private cottage with bathroom and kitchenette. Offsite neighbouring accommodation in private room with private bathroom.

Comfort Package

Accommodation in a private master room in our villa with en-suite bathroom, full kitchen, living room and pool. Option for offsite accommodation in neighbouring hotel room with airconditioning and separate bathroom.

Package Pricing

3-Day

Non-residential: US$333
Includes retreat experience plus 3 plant-based meals per day.

Standard Package: US$555
Includes 4 nights in a single occupancy in a standard room with shared bathroom facilities.

Comfort Package: US$666
Includes 4 nights in a single occupancy in a standard room with private bathroom, kitchen, and swimming pool.

5-Day

Non-residential: US$555
Includes retreat experience plus 3 plant-based meals per day.

Standard Package: US$777
Includes 6 nights in a single occupancy in a standard room with shared bathroom facilities.

Comfort Package: US$888
Includes 6 nights in a single occupancy in a standard room with private bathroom, kitchen, and swimming pool.

* Secure your spot with a US$85 deposit (3-Day Retreat) or US$135 deposit (5-Day Retreat) and pay the rest later!

About the Offering

The 3-day and 5-day silent meditation retreats are designed to imitate a solitary cave retreat – complete silence and minimal contact with the outside world. The group setting provides the feeling of solidarity yet each individual has ample space to go deeply into their own unique experience. Silence is a luxury and the less you speak, the less your brain has to work. The more the brain slows down, the easier it is to enter into deep states of meditation.

The schedule of the day and of the entire retreat is carefully crafted to guide you slowly into deeper meditation and intimacy with your spiritual heart. The result is not only a deep and nourishing vacation from your thoughts but a practical toolbox. You will learn to use these tools to remember your most natural Self even in the most challenging day-to-day moments.

The Retreat sessions have a certain structure; all sessions build up in a specific direction. Therefore full attendance in silence is highly recommended.

 

Techniques may include:

  • The Self-Enquiry method of Ramana Maharshi
  • Practices from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra – one of the central texts of Kashmir Shaivism
  • Mindfulness practices from Zen and Tibetan Buddhism
  • Walking Meditation
  • Contemplation of Sufi wisdom and devotional poetry
  • Practices from Christian and Jewish Mystical traditions
  • Teachings from Advaita Vedanta; Non-Dual philosophies from the Indian Subcontinent

 

Retreat packages include:

  • Access for 30 days to the ONLINE retreat platform.
  • 25hrs (or 50 hrs) of YACEP Continuing Education credits.
  • 3 detoxifying and nourishing vegan meals per day
  • Tea and filtered water (bring your own reusable water bottle)
  • 6 – 8 hours of teachings and practices per day including:
    • Guided and personal meditation practices
    • Hatha yoga asana and pranayama practice
    • Inspiring lectures from a wide variety of the world’s mystical and contemplative traditions
    • Support of the lead teacher and supporting staff through written communication and Q&A’s.

Add-ons:

  • 1h therapeutic Balinese massage session
  • Additional meals beverages and supplements
  • 1-on-1 post-retreat integration session
  • Airport transfer or additional transport
  • Onsite or nearby accommodation according to availability

 

We recommend that you bring the following:

  • If you want to use your own yoga mat feel free to bring it; otherwise just a sarong to use on the mats at the venue for your own hygiene
  • A large scarf/sarong
  • Comfortable, cool clothing suitable for yoga sessions
  • Ear plugs if you are very bothered by noise
Accommodation Packages, Meals & Prices

At the moment we are offering only non-residential packages due to our center being fully booked. However, you may inquire about availability if you would like to stay on-site and will be placed on a waiting list.

We have good relationships with several resorts within walking distance from the yoga hall that are part of our Standard and Comfort packages. Please inquire about these if you are interested in staying nearby. They are more likely to be available during our busy seasons.

All packages include the retreat, 3 meals per day and a one-way airport transfer.

Non-residential: US$333 for 3 days / US$555 for 5 days. Includes retreat experience plus 3 plant-based meals per day.

Standard package: US$555 for 4 nights / US$777 for 6 nights:  Single occupancy in a standard room with shared bathroom facilities.

Comfort package: US$666 for 4 nights / US$888 for 6 nights: Single occupancy in a standard room with private bathroom, kitchen, and swimming pool.

See photos and read more about our accommodation options here.

Meals

All meals are provided by Samyama Eatery. Healthy vegan dishes are prepared with fresh, local ingredients and superfoods.

Our restaurant will share its love of healthy eating and living throughout the retreat, supporting your practice in a pleasant and tasty way.

During the retreat, we want you to feel good and at ease so you don’t have to think about meal planning.

If you are staying offsite, we recommend that you stay at the center for the entire day.

Dietary suggestions

To support this deep work, we highly recommend that you avoid consuming alcohol or tobacco during these days. Fasting is not recommended unless you have one regular fasting day per week.

 

Email us at [email protected] to book a room or add additional meals to your package.

Post-Retreat Integration

Think you could use a bit more guidance and support once you are out of silence?

We know a Silent Retreat can be quite a deep inner journey and can bring intense realizations, emotions and insights. It’s why we offer “Breaking the Silence Sessions”. This is a 1 hour 1-on-1 session with one of our lead teachers to help you to process and integrate post retreat for only $75 USD. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss your experience and get tips on what may help you get back to day-to-day life with the new insights you have gained.

Please let us know if you’re interested in booking one of these sessions for after the retreat.

To secure your spot, please contact [email protected]

Schedule

Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.

  • 3 Day Silent Retreat Schedule
Days 1 & 5 Travel days
Days 2 – 4
7:30am – 7:45am Introductory meeting and final Q&A before silence begins
7:45am – 8:30am Consecrating the silence and morning meditation
8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast break
9:30am – 11am Theory, introduction to a technique and practice
11am – 11:15am Short break
11:15am – 1pm Hatha yoga and meditation
1pm – 3:30pm Lunch break
3:30pm – 4:30pm Afternoon meditation
4:30pm – 5pm Break
5pm – 6:30pm Q&A via written notes, Introduction to a technique and practice
6:30pm – 7pm Self practice - yoga, pranayama, meditation, etc

* At the end of the final day, we will break the silence with a sharing circle. Sharing is optional. Once the silence is broken the retreat is officially over.

  • 5 Day Silent Retreat Schedule
Days 1 & 7 Travel days
Days 2 – 6
7:30am – 7:45am Introductory meeting and final Q&A before silence begins
7:45am – 8:30am Consecrating the silence and morning meditation
8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast break
9:30am – 11am Theory, introduction to a technique and practice
11am – 11:15am Short break
11:15am – 1pm Hatha yoga and meditation
1pm – 3:30pm Lunch break
3:30pm – 4:30pm Afternoon meditation
4:30pm – 5pm Break
5pm – 6:30pm Q&A via written notes, Introduction to a technique and practice
6:30pm – 7pm Self practice - yoga, pranayama, meditation, etc

* At the end of the final day, we will break the silence with a sharing circle. Sharing is optional. Once the silence is broken the retreat is officially over.

Our Policies

Deposit & Payment Policy
  • 3-Day Silent Meditation Retreat = US$85
  • 5-Day Silent Meditation Retreat = US$135

* The fee for any retreat must be paid in full at least 14 days before the start date of the retreat. If balance remains unpaid, the booking is not confirmed.

Refund & Cancellation Policy
  • A participant is eligible for 100% refund of a deposit if Samyama is notified at least 120 days prior to the retreat start date.
  • A participant will be eligible for 50% refund of a deposit if Samyama is notified at least 90 days prior to retreat start date.
  • There will be no refund of deposit if participation is cancelled less than 90 days prior to retreat start date.
  • Date change without loss of deposit is possible if Samyama is notified at least 30 days before the retreat start date. We allow one date change to save your deposit. Deposit must be used for a retreat offered within the next 12 months.
  • If we’re notified about a date change less than 30 days before retreat start date, a re-booking fee of USD$50 is required to move the dates.
  • In all circumstances, when a refund is made, transfer charges will be covered by the participant, not Samyama. This means Samyama will deduct the transfer charge from the total refund sent.
  • A participant is eligible for 50% refund of the total retreat fees if Samyama is notified at least 7 days prior to the retreat start date.
  • There will be no refund of deposit or retreat fees for cancellations made less than 7 days before the retreat start date.
  • If a participant must cancel after paying in full and cancellation is made more than 7 days before retreat start date, the participant may use their balance (total retreat fees – deposit) to book another course at a later date that starts within 12 months. This means, the participant will need to pay another deposit to compensate for the last minute cancellation.
  • There will be no refund of deposits or retreat fees paid for no-shows, unless major incidents such as death or natural disaster. Force majeure incidents are at the discretion of Samyama management.
Other Policies
  • No special discounts are applied on early bird or flash sale prices.
  • Please note that we have limited residential spots and usually no residential spots are left for last minute booking.

FAQ's

Are we silent for all of the retreat days?
Yes, students and participants are in Mauna (noble silence) for the full three days. Some participants will already be in silence upon arrival but technically we are still speaking until we begin our first opening consecration together at 7.30am on day 1. We come out of silence together before dinner on the 3rd evening for an optional sharing circle to close.
What happens if we speak to one another?
There are many deep and beautiful benefits to undivided silence. When you speak you are bringing the communication part of the brain back online and potentially jeopardizing some of those benefits. Please also respect the silence of the other participants by not engaging with them. You can communicate with the retreat leaders/monitors via written notes. In the case of emergency, or deep trauma resurfacing, you can determine together with the retreat leader if it will be more beneficial to speak directly.
What happens if there is an emergency and my family has to reach me?

Please inform the retreat coordinator that you would like to share a contact number with your family. He/she will give you the number to use. Please pass this number on to anyone whom you would like to hear from in case of emergencies. In urgent cases the coordinator will communicate with you via notes and you can determine whether it is necessary to break your silence.

Will there be others in the retreat, or will I be alone?
Yes, there will be others in the retreat. Anywhere from 5 to 25 other participants. Participation in the retreat is a part of our Meditation & Yoga Teacher Training Course, so depending on which retreat you join, there may be TTC students joining who will be in their 2nd week of TTC classes.
If there will be the Yoga Teacher Training students with us, will they also be in silence? or will they disturb us?

All participants will be in silence regardless of whether or not they are doing this retreat as part of a certification program.

TTC related, can we fail the TTC if we speak?
We are not here to police you. This is for your experience. However, due to the hourly requirement of Yoga Alliance, you must show up to the yoga hall. In the case of emergencies you are asked to communicate with the retreat leader/monitor and make up any missed hours.
What are the rules for such a retreat? (no devices, no eye contact, no mirrors, …)
You will find detailed guidelines for this retreat in the email you receive upon booking. There are no enforced ‘rules’ but the guidelines are very important for you to receive the full benefits of the retreat and to respect the others in the group. We seek to replicate a solitary cave experience with very limited communication - through written notes only when necessary. There are no devices, no outside reading, no music, etc. We do encourage keeping a journal, but not as a means of distraction. We want to avoid external distractions as much as possible in order to focus more clearly on our inner world.
What are the benefits of a silent retreat?
  • The first most obvious benefit is the noticeable relaxation of the mind and our state of being when we are no longer using energy to communicate. This often brings about a certain level of clarity and presence. With less mental chatter, small moments feel much more rich and an effortless state of tranquility is more tangible.
  • Deeper effects may include an opening to love, trust and even spiritual understanding. The methods used guide participants to a greater sense of wonder at what might be accessible to us beyond the limitations of our human bodies and minds. We may face fears that when seen with the light of the heart may not seem so big. This is extremely empowering and can have long-lasting effects.
How can I connect with the other participants when I’m in silence (I want to know who they are, otherwise I feel strange)?
Please attend our welcome meeting via Zoom where introductions will be made a few days prior to the retreat. Keep in mind that this is meant as a solitary experience, however the energy of the group is very supportive. Feel free to smile and send love to others in a non-direct way (no eye contact). Try not to give your mind more to think about by trying to ‘know’ the others. Try to enjoy being in this unique community setting where nothing is expected of you besides showing up for yourself.
How many hours do I have to sit in meditation?
On day one we start with a shorter morning meditation of around 30-45 mins. From there we work up to hour-long meditations which may go longer depending on the group. You may refer to our tentative schedule for more details but you can expect around 3-5 hours of meditation, broken up throughout the day. There may be walking meditations too, so not all meditations need to be done while seated.
Can I do this without any experience in meditation or yoga?
Sure! It’s only three days after all. For many who want to start on the path of yoga and meditation, an immersion that gives you a deeper experience of meditation is the most direct way. More than experience, a retreat like this requires determination, openness and humility. At Samyama we are less strict than some more traditional centers and so this might be just right for you if you want to start somewhere.
What is included in the retreat price?
3 meals per day, all of the teachings and guided practices, Q&A with the retreat leader via written notes, retreat booklet. Yoga mats, cushions, meditation benches and more are all available onsite for your use.
What if I need accommodation? Can I stay onsite?
We have limited accommodation onsite available on a first come first serve basis. Please reach out to [email protected] to inquire about accommodation. It is not necessary to stay onsite in order to feel fully immersed in the retreat and there are many resorts, hotels and homestays within walking distance.
If I stay onsite, will I have access to laundry services?
Please come to the retreat with enough fresh clothes for all days. In case of emergency, we can send your clothes out to be laundered, but there’s no guarantee of next-day service. We do not have our own laundry facilities on site so we must send out to neighboring laundries.
What time does it start and end?
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early on the opening morning so that you have time to set up your mat and cushions. There will be a brief spoken Q&A at 7:30 and then we will enter into silence together guided by the retreat leader. You will be guided out of silence before dinner on day 3, followed by an optional sharing circle to close. You are welcome to join us for a shared dinner once out of silence. You may also choose to stay in silence and or leave Samyama premises as soon as we come out of silence.
What is the worst case scenario that can happen?
  • Meditation is not for everyone. In our experience, past participants who have struggled the most were the ones coming to the retreat with a lot of unhealed trauma and mental health imbalances. In this case, the worst may be reliving past trauma while not feeling supported or resourced enough internally to move through it. In this case we always ask that you communicate with the retreat leader/monitor.
  • In the case of emergencies such as earthquakes or fires, Samyama has clear emergency protocols.
  • We share our space with a variety of critters, such as lizards, mosquitos and even the occasional snake. This is a part of being in Bali and living closer to nature in their jungle home. If you have an animal phobia, this may not be the right environment for you.
  • Other common struggles are lower back pain or physical discomfort from long hours of sitting. In case of injury there may be the option to book a therapeutic massage, but this is not encouraged unless absolutely necessary.
What if I’m afraid to be alone with the thoughts in my head?

Then you are a human 😉 It is the first fear that we all face upon entering a retreat like this and is one of the biggest benefits we gain when we do. The methods introduced in a thoughtful manner, the guidance of the leader, the support of the group and the practice of journaling are all there to support you whenever you feel cornered by your thoughts.

What if I have allergies or specific dietary requirements

Please share all allergies and dietary requirements when filling out your health form. Our kitchen will be informed and will offer alternatives to the best of their ability. They will label all buffet items that may contain allergens.

I’m new to Yoga - will it also include Yoga?
Yes, there is a 75 minute guided meditative hatha yoga session in the morning, and an additional 30 minutes of self-guided movement practice to end the day. The guided practice will include mostly static poses that you are invited to hold as long as you feel comfortable. There may be some faster sun salutation series taught in an accessible manner. Remember that this is a chance to move, stretch and feel good in your body. Please be responsible for yourself by not attempting to push anything that may cause or exacerbate injury.
How many people are there maximum?

28 people fit comfortably in our hall.

I might do an appointment in my free time from the retreat. Am I able to do this?

For your benefit, please schedule work appointments before or after this retreat. It’s only 3 days after all. If in the case of an emergency you need to speak with someone on the phone, please have your conversation off of Samyama grounds so as not to disturb the retreat.

Can I also read and write during my silence?
  • Journaling is acceptable and encouraged if you find yourself cornered by thoughts. You may have a burst of creativity and want to write a poem or song. We suggest that you notice when writing is activating the mind instead of calming it, or distracting you from simply being present with thoughts.
  • We may have a few shared books in the lounge that you can read during breaks. These are specifically selected to highlight and complement the specific teachings presented during the retreat. Please do not read other than what we share.

Your Teachers

Please contact us if you'd like to find out about the teachers of this course/retreat, their certifications and experiences.