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Silent Meditation Retreat

As featured in the latest Nourish magazine, Issue 71.

Journey into Stillness by Sarah Webb

“Experiencing a silent retreat can help us feel more connected than ever – to ourselves, to others, and to nature.”

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A Journey into Stillness

Our silent meditation retreat will kick start your new normal where you live everyday aware, connected and energised.

It seems as if everything in the way we choose to live takes us away from ourselves. In a loud and distracting world with that feeling of being ‘too busy’, the noises, stress, anxiety…and this way of life then becomes our daily lived experience which we perceive as normal.

Break away from the distractions that keep us lingering on the shallow surfaces of the mind. The stillness of SILENCE is one way of getting there. And that’s the gift of this silent meditation retreat.

“Stillness is a place of compassion for all aspects of yourself, and that’s a reward that’s worth the journey.”

Shine a light on your inner self

Our do-able & accessible silent meditation retreat is a lot more diverse than you might think.

Our practice of meditation and its intention goes beyond relaxation. Observing your inner thought patterns can teach greater stress tolerance and emotional balance that lasts long after the retreat is over. True stillness removes the pressure of outside influences, allowing you to examine what really brings joy and meaning to your life.

This retreat is an opportunity to seek out stillness (and silence) and learn some beautiful meditation and mindfulness tools. It’s a totally different experience to our Inner Joy program. And you’ll explore silence and meditation with your quiet introspection.

We’ll guide you through meditations, talk about what meditation can actually be (it’s not just about being seated and drawing within!) including walking meditation, mindfulness activities and through yoga and nature connection.

Retreaters sit in meditation and silence

“True silence is a deeply personal experience that’s different for everybody; the truth is, there’s no way to know exactly what will happen once you’re alone with yourself.”

Happy Customers

Loved the retreat! The faciliator Pete was so caring and compassionate. The food was absolutely delicious!
It was a much needed reset for me to have time away from the phone and learnt many breathing /meditation techniques.
May
Feb, 2022
We loved our weekend there. Such a peaceful, authentic venue. Delicious food, beautiful calm atmosphere. Thanks for making this experience possible 🙏🏽
Betty and Madeleine
Jan, 2022
There is a real warmth about the facilitator that is very unique and welcoming.\I would recommend this to anyone wishing to reconnect with themselves or get a break from smart devices and the constantly busy world we live in today!! Thanks so much to all the team at Happy Buddha Retreats 😀🙏
Andre
June 2021
The silent retreat was an extremely relaxing & restorative experience, & because it's only 2 nights it was doable and accessible. A very nice mix of yin yoga, meditation, quick dip in the pool, and mindful nature walk. Best if you're open to some self-exploration and self-reflection, and open to learn a bit more about meditation. Loved my time and will be back.
Amanda
Feb 2021
An amazing experience and beautiful staff - thank you for the wonderful insight and teachings 🙏🏼
Dino
January 2021

JOURNEY INTO STILLNESS MEDITATION OVERVIEW

Arrival Day 1

4:00 pm – Check-in (hand you devices in for safe-keeping) and settle in to your room, start exploring silence

6:00 pm – Welcoming Circle and short arrival meditation

7:00 pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – Meditation and Deep Relaxation Practice

9:00 pm – Total Silence and Sleep Time

 

Guest room in communal house on the Silent Meditation Retreat

Day 2

7:30 am – 9:00 am – Mindful Movements and Guided Seated Meditation

9:00 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – Sensory and Nature Meditation

1:00 pm – Lunch

3:00 pm – Mindful Rhythm Sound Journey

4:00pm – Free time in Total Silence

5:30 pm – Yin Yoga

7:00 pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – Deep Listening Guided Meditation

9:00 pm – Free time in Total Silence

 

Final morning

7:30 am  – 9:00 am Mindful Movement and Guided Seated Meditation

9:00 am – Breakfast

9:45 am – Sharing from the heart – Complete your journey with a Closing Circle!

11 am – Check Out

Labyrinth at Happy Buddha Retreats

Plan your 2-night journey into stillness

We hold the 2-Night weekend Journey Into Stillness retreat every weekend. You’ll commence Friday at 5pm and finish up on your final day at 11am –  giving you time to travel back home with some beautiful renewed insights into slowing down and having moments of stillness in every day life.

New to Happy Buddha is an opportunity to participate in our 2-Night midweek Journey into Stillness retreat held weekly from May 18. You’ll commence on Wednesday at 5pm and finish up on the Friday at 11am – giving you the chance to take time to decompress from your experience over the weekend or you may even want to add on a weekend retreat to further deep dive into stillness.

Throughout Journey into Stillness, you will explore total silence for most of the program however there will be opportunities for some discussion and interaction too.

Accommodation

The accomodation for Journey Into Stillness is in our retreat house, separate to the retreat centre. Our Happy Buddha House is a friendly communal space with newly renovated twin-share rooms. The bathrooms are clean, shared facilities. The kitchen is home-style and we’ll be preparing your nourishing, vegetarian meals. Other communal areas include our lounge area with a toasty fire-place and a small dining room for meal time and for relaxing. Our beautiful yoga balcony, located next to the house, is our meditation and workshop space.

It’s amazing what a couple of days of silence & meditation can do

Map your mental landscape and tap into your inner thoughts, emotions, memories and ideas…

For the physical, a meditation retreat

  • Calms the nervous system, builds immunity, promotes sleep, reduces blood pressure

For your mental health

  • Softens the attitude, restores appreciation, creates mental clarity, develops contentment, opens creativity

For your emotional health

  • Dissolves fear, heals stress, develops compassion, builds better relationships

For the spiritual you

  • Experience of oneness, gain higher perspective, make better life choices, feel free, inner wisdom is readily available

 

A retreater meditating in silence in the Blue Mountains

A Silent Meditation Retreat can feel a little challenging as there’s that uncomfortable feeling of sitting still and being silent. And we don’t realise how we will feel until we completely stop. Even if your mind takes over and tells you it’s too hard, or not for you, the key to a Silent Meditation Retreat is to trust the process.

The beauty of this retreat is that meditation comes in many forms, including seated and silent, during guided yoga nidra, within the long, juicy hold of yin yoga and walking in nature.

Guests enjoying a meal together outdoors
Wholesome breakfast
Wholesome breakfast

ARE YOU READY TO JOURNEY INTO STILLNESS?

This Silent Meditation Retreat includes workshops, vegetarian meals and simple, twin-share accomodation with shared bathroom in our Happy Buddha communal house. Prices are per person and our we are now holding this special retreat each weekend.

This is a silent retreat which means we encourage you to experience introspection. Of course, if you need to speak to your facilitator or chef please do… And note, with any new challenge or experience there can be triggering moments so please take steps to always be kind to yourself.

In order for you to get the most from this experience, this retreat is strictly technology free. For your peace of mind you will be able to provide loved ones with a contact phone number should they need to get in touch with you. Your phone and devices are to be handed in for safe keeping upon check-in.

Please note, we have a very friendly communal house cat so please note if you have allergies. (Sorry!) Also, due to this introspective nature of this retreat we do not offer massages during your stay.

"EVERY DAY. EVERY MOMENT YOU CAN WORK ON YOUR MIND"

This is a technology free retreat.

This retreat will require you to hand in your mobile phone.