During the 1850s, Henry David Thoreau became the pioneer of western silence retreats publishing the account of his experience in his memoir, Walden.
As the pressures of modern life and the reach of technology grows, many of us feel overwhelmed by the bombardment of calls, texts, emails and social media. Constant connection and noise have led to the rise of what is known as a Digital Detox, where we crave to unplug and get away. When noise equates to stress, silence is peace. Shutting down communications can go a long way in helping restore equanimity.
Purposeful silence has become a burgeoning travel trend.
Some of us find freedom in not talking to hearing anyone talk. Others pine for quiet with hotels designing noise-free zones, triple-paned glass and soundproof walls. Then there are those of us that want to be soothed by the sounds and images of nature, be it forest bathing or indulging in blue mind — the therapeutic benefits of spending time in or near water.
In 1986, Carlo Petrini protested the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Rome that sparked the creation of the slow food movement. This cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace has created offshoots such as minimalism. Silent retreats are a way of countering time poverty. Silence lets us focus on inner calm rather than the outward trappings of daily life.
Imagine the opposite of a schoolie’s summer vacation on the Gold Coast.
A silent retreat is an opportunity to experience the deep silence removed from outside noise, other people, screens and the chatter of our conscious mind.
They range in length depending on your time constraints and your readiness from longer periods of inner stillness.
A Vipassana retreat is a 10-day program offered around the world. Vipassana means "to see things as they really are.” Vipassana meditation offers self-transformation through self-observation. For those with little or no exposure to days of stillness and silence, this might be something to work towards to gain the most benefit.
Some silent retreats focus on 10 hours or more of dedicated meditation. Many incorporate yoga or walking meditation as a way of integrating the mind and body.
complement silence with yoga, meditation and MINDFUL contemplation
enjoy a quiet, cosy space designed for Reflection as well as WELLBEING
NESTLED IN BUSHLAND, FIND TRANQUILITY WITHIN THE RETREAT SPACE AND OUTSIDE IT
within walking distance of the healing Mini Ha Ha waterfall
Silent Retreat Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Silent Retreat
Our retreat is self-directed. Before you arrive we create a program tailored to your needs.
We can offer you a guided meditation or you’re welcome to undertake your own or use our resources to guide you.
A yoga mat is provided. If you wish to incorporate this you can undertake your own session or utilise our books/videos to guide you.
Included in your program is an optional breathwork session that can help you release bodily what has surfaced in you through the mind or feelings during your stay.
Energetic healing is also optional as is the opportunity to have spiritual counselling or a debrief at the end of each day.
Our Labyrinth activity offers a means of ritually letting go of that which no longer serves you.
Mindfulness colouring, drawing sacred geometry and journal exercises are available for those wanting to incorporate creativity and movement into their retreat.
We also offer a wealth of self-reflection activities where you can muse on themes such as relationships, your upbringing, life purpose, the foundations of wellbeing, spiritual development and many other areas. Workbooks with journalling questions are provided for this.
All the activities and treatments are included in your package except for massage, where an external masseuse comes to you. She needs notice so please let us know when you’re booking if you’d like this service.
Whether you’re seeking balance, relaxation, spiritual renewal, greater self-understanding or simplicity, you dictate the pace of your silent retreat.
Mid Morning Session
Mid Afternoon Session
Depending on the weather and your energy levels, you can use this time to take in a nearby bushwalk to our local waterfall.
Dinner (or the option for you to take in one of the local dining facilities)
Optional evening activities
Mid Morning Session
Mid Afternoon Session
Included in your package is an optional stand up paddleboarding session, mountain bike ride or bush walk at the end of day 1 of your program (weather permitting).
Cost: $590 for a 2 day program * $50 discount for a weekday program
Inclusions: Accommodation, meals, workbooks activities and optional counselling sessions.
Location: Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW
Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves. - Pema Chodron
A holistic retreat involving creative expression, life guidance, relationship exploration & a range of activities such as astrology/numerology readings, tarot, breathwork, transpersonal counselling & more.