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Give yourself the gift of silence by learning how to still your mind and experience the eternal now, revealing your true essence through self-inquiry, exploring the fundamental question, “Who am I?”, discovering the beauty of opening to cosmic consciousness.
Château de Longeval offers 26 rooms with a variety of configurations of single, twin, double, and bunk beds. While some rooms have private bathrooms, most uses shared facilities. Bedding and towels are provided for single, double, and shared rooms. Guests sleeping in dormitories will need to bring their own towel and blanket or sleeping bag (sheets and pillows are provided). Internet is available in the Wi-Fi lounge. It is free of charge for visitors staying at Domaine de Longeval.
In this retreat, you will have the chance to go beyond the mental and emotional levels to experience the truth of the spiritual heart. You will be inspired to love from the expansive space of your real nature, transcending the ego’s blockages, the mind’s stories, and the tumult of the emotions. You will experience meditation as a celebration of the freedom and bliss of the self and gain a profound understanding of the meaning of life. The three-day Hridaya silent meditation retreat is an invitation to discover the joy of being quiet.
To remove yourself from everyday distractions, peel away layers of the ego, and find eternal peace within. The simple act of asking “Who am I?” can take you on a profound journey of wonderment and self-discovery. In this retreat, you will learn techniques for calming your mind and opening your heart so that you will be able to ask this question in full presence and really listen to the answers that arise. Your experienced teachers share wisdom and inspiration from a variety of spiritual traditions and guide you in a step-by-step meditation practice.
But a silent meditation retreat is not about a technique or bit of knowledge. It is not about finding something that is missing. It is a process of opening to the part of you that is beyond all limitations. When you connect with that inner realm, it will infuse your entire life with its love. Whether you have never meditated or have done many retreats, they invite you to join them on this journey. Three days is an ideal amount of time to get a taste of the power of self-inquiry.
This program aims to create an experience resembling a solitary retreat, as in a cave, in order to provide the opportunity to reach deep states of consciousness, kindle intense aspiration for the divine, and arrive at the highly focused interiorization that enables the opening of the heart. During this retreat, you will be skillfully guided to a penetrating understanding in which the search for meaning ends in surrender to the domain of revelation. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginners and advanced meditators alike.
The atmosphere will be one of agape and strong spiritual support. During the retreat, you will learn methods for meditation encompassing, but not limited to, the unity of consciousness and Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). This leads to the self-discovery of the spiritual heart. The system of meditation will focus on the self-inquiry method developed by Ramana Maharshi, as well as other complementary meditations and prayers. They aim to inform you about the practical and theoretical aspects of this methodology, allowing ample opportunities to directly put it into practice.
In doing so, they hope that you will understand the underlying principles and value the purpose of meditation. Thus, reaping immediate benefits and coming to love meditation is an essential part of your life. An orientation session is held at 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the retreat. During this session, the retreat rules and special guidelines will be explained and a forum will be provided for any questions. In addition to administrative details, the orientation session will feature a lecture that explores some of the definitions and esoteric aspects of the retreat methods and will end with a meditation practice.
Attendance to the orientation session is mandatory for all participants. The meeting may last up to three hours, so please plan accordingly. This retreat includes guided meditation, lectures, and practical methods such as:
The retreat begins at 7:00 a.m. on the day after arrival and ends at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the evening before departure. Check-in is available from 2:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. They ask that you arrive by 5:00 p.m. to get settled into your accommodations prior to the orientation session at 5:00 p.m. Checkout is at 10:00 a.m. on the day of departure.
Antoaneta Maria Gotea was born in July 1972, in Bucharest, Romania. The memories from her early age about her father practicing complicated physical exercises (known in yoga as uddiyana bandha) and unusual breathing (pranayama) synergistically connected with her mother’s teachings about the existence of subtle bodies and reincarnation and this blossomed later in a genuine spiritual aspiration. Her search for an authentic spiritual path led her at the age of 21 to a yoga course while she was a student at Politechnical University in Bucharest. She studied Raja Yoga and Mahavidya Yoga.
Sahajananda, the main founder of Hridaya Yoga, is a meditation and hatha yoga teacher with over 30 years of experience. His message conveys the non-dual tantric teachings. An engineer in electronics by education, Sahajananda started practicing yoga and meditation in 1981, the year in which yoga was banned in Communist Romania. This fact only brought him more depth, determination, and spiritual aspiration. In 2012, Sahajananda was instrumental in creating the headquarters of Hridaya Yoga in Mazunte, Mexico. In 2018, the project expanded and Hridaya Yoga France was founded.
Valentina arrived at Hridaya Yoga Mexico in 2012 and fell in love with the encompassing vision and teachings of the Heart. She completed the HTTC in 2014, benefiting from the transmission of the teachings and presence of Sahajananda. Inspired by the depth of the Heart, Vale teaches Hatha Yoga classes, 3- and 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreats, and yoga and meditation workshops in Europe, Asia, and America. Valentina regularly dedicates time to her personal practice with lengthy periods of solitude and dark room retreats.
Originally from Spain, Luna teaches with the certainty that life can be lived from the Heart, in full openness, and with a loving desire for all sentient beings to reveal their real nature, to come into the fullness of who they truly are. As she continues on the path, she welcomes the constant invitation to verify the certainty of the teachings through direct experience, emphasizing that the ultimate authority is the Heart. She continually finds the inspiration to live in a witnessing embrace of All That Is, in which a deeper Freedom and Naturalness arise spontaneously.
The retreat will take place in Hridaya Yoga France, located at Château de Longeval near the village of Saint-Just-d’Avray, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France, just one hour from the center of Lyon. You can easily get to Lyon by plane, train, or bus.
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All meals are included in the price. The kitchen lovingly prepares simple, wholesome meals every day. Hridaya Yoga France uses fresh and organic products that are locally sourced whenever possible. All dishes are primarily vegan, although some dairy items may be available on the side. They provide complimentary hot water. You are welcome to bring your own tea bags or purchase them from a selection in the yogi shop.
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Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport)
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Please book your flight to arrive at Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS). There are two options for getting from the airport to Lyon-Part Dieu train station (for onward travel to Longeval). Take the RhoneExpress tram (information concerning the prices and schedule can be found here). It will take 30 minutes and costs around 15 EUR.
You can buy your tickets online or on the tram itself. You will arrive directly at Lyon Part-Dieu. If you have the time and prefer a cheaper option, you can take bus number TCL 47 (schedule here) to Meyzieu ZI. It will cost you around 2 EUR and takes about 30 minutes. Then you can take Tram T3 and exit at Lyon Part-Dieu (about 20 minutes, cost around 2 EUR).
Big bus companies (Euroline, Megabus, Flixbus, etc.) link Lyon to Paris and other major European cities (Torino, Barcelona, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, etc.). Buses usually arrive at Lyon Perrache or Lyon Part-Dieu train stations. From these stations, you can get a combination of train and bus to get to Longeval.
From Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) (CDG), book a fast train (TGV) to Lyon Part-Dieu station (two hours). Lyon has two main train stations, Lyon Part-Dieu and Lyon Perrache. Both stations have trains arriving from within France and from major European cities. After arriving at Lyon Part-Dieu or Perrache train stations, there are three initial options for onward travel to Domaine de Longeval. Hridaya Yoga France can organize a taxi for you which, depending on your arrival time, may be shared with other participants and will pick you up at the airport or either of the train stations.
The cost will depend on the number of participants sharing the ride. Or you are welcome to add your name and details to request and offer lifts. Note that if you need to travel for any reason between the two Lyon train stations, you can take Tram T1 from Lyon Part-Dieu to Lyon Perrache and vice versa. It costs around 2 EUR and takes 10 to 15 minutes. At the station, buy a combined train and bus ticket to Chamelet (approximately 12 EUR) or, for a similar fee, a direct train ticket (this option applies to most trains from 5:00 p.m. onward during the workweek).
The last service on Sundays (check-in day for modules one and two) that will reach Chamelet is the combined train or bus from Lyon Perrache at 3:57 p.m. or Lyon Part-Dieu at 4:08 p.m., arriving in Chamelet at 5:12 p.m. For Chamelet bus arrivals, first board the train to Lozanne (the train’s final destination is Roanne, so look for this on the departure boards). Exit the train at Lozanne and the bus will be waiting for you directly outside the train station. The bus will then drop you off in the village of Chamelet about four kilometers away from the center.
For Chamelet train arrivals, stay on the train you boarded in Lyon all the way to Chamelet - do not disembark at Lozanne. They offer a shuttle service for 3 EUR from the bus stop or the train station in Chamelet, coordinated with the TER schedule. They will send you a pre-arrival email five days before your arrival that will include a link to an Arrival Information Form where you can book a shuttle.
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