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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Mexico.
Join this silent meditation retreat in Mexico to experience a unique immersion focused on accessing your essential nature through an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques. You will learn broad aspects of the spiritual heart from a variety of spiritual traditions. This retreat is designed to guide people in coming to an intimate understanding of what self-inquiry meditation is in order to experience the inner transformation that it brings.
During this retreat, you can stay in a dorm, a private room, or in one of the many accommodation options in nearby towns of San Agustinillo or Mazunte. Staying at Hridaya Yoga means you have easy access to everything the center has to offer. The private rooms are spacious and feature eco-friendly composting toilets. The dormitories feature a unique design and excellent mattresses. You will enjoy clean drinking water and the use of a refrigerator if you are staying on-site.
The Hridaya "Silent Meditation Retreat" is a unique 10-day immersion experience that focuses on accessing your real and essential nature, the supreme and divine "Self", atman, through an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques. During the retreat, you'll address broad aspects of the "Spiritual Heart" from a variety of traditions including esoteric Christian, Sufi, and Kashmir Shaivism. The atmosphere will be one of agape and strong spiritual support.
The retreat was specifically created to guide people in coming to an intimate understanding of what "Self-Enquiry meditation" is in order to experience the inner transformation that it brings. The 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".
This method is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet harmoniously and merge into the same ineffable "Reality". During the Hridaya retreat, practitioners will be skillfully guided to this penetrating understanding where 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.
During the retreat, Hridaya's aspiration is to inform you about methods for meditation encompassing the consciousness of "Oneness and Advaita Vedanta", thus leading to self-discovery of the "Spiritual Heart". The system of meditation will focus on the methods revealed by Ramana Maharshi, that of Atma Vicara, or more popularly known as "Self-Enquiry (“Who Am I?”)", as well as other complementary meditations and prayers.
Hridaya will 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 as an essential part of your life.
1. You will learn some direct methods to pacify your mind and even transcend it. When your mind is truly still and without any thoughts and you transcend your ego and you arrive at a place where you have no name, no social status, no relationships, no past, no future, no country, no spiritual attainment, and no lack of spiritual attainment. It is simply the presence of being. If a movement or a thought appears in this stillness, it is enveloped into the stillness, thus becoming stillness itself. It is as if your life becomes full and saturated with this peace and sacredness.
2. You will also learn a way that comprises a vision, a spiritual understanding, and a method of transforming yourselves. Hridaya hopes most of you will learn to love meditation as a means for discovering "Divine Reality", otherwise referred to as "God", although these methods are beyond any specific ideas of religion or any theoretical concepts about "God".
3. Hridaya hopes most of you will have some peak experiences about the "Supreme Reality", some special states of consciousness about cosmic love, eternity, or the unity of everything, which can be evoked afterward in daily life. This will help you in your quest to understand the reason for your existence.
4. Hridaya's aim is for you to realize the importance of fully incorporating the "Spiritual Heart" in your life, beyond concepts, theory, and philosophy. The path to the "Spiritual Heart" journeys through your soul, and therefore, an opening and intimacy of the soul will naturally occur from this. During this retreat, you will have the chance to venture deeper than the emotional psychic level of the heart, into the "Divine Reality" which represents the most profound aspect of the "Spiritual Heart". Ultimately, you will be compelled to love at a level in which your ego usually prevents you from accessing through blockages such as attachments, ignorance, and other negative emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. To access this level of universal love, the obstacles challenging your personality and your ego must be transcended through accessing the "Spiritual Heart".
5. Hridaya's aspiration is to support you in developing a profound understanding of the real nature of your existence and the nature of "Life". More specifically, Hridaya invites you in a journey that brings a coherent vision of "Divine Unity", (Advaita or nonduality), which is the main revolutionary power, the main transforming idea of Jnana yoga and Advaita Vedanta, Chan, Taoism, Dzogchen, and Zen.
When you venture deeper than the surface of your egos into the realm of the "Spiritual Heart", it is common that some purification on the physical, mental, or emotional level can occur. This is merely your bodies’ way of releasing old blockages, traumas, and negative emotions in order to access the deeper levels of the soul. Do not be afraid. Do not avoid the purification. However, don’t dramatize; don’t accord them too much importance.
When those transformations eventually synthesize, meditation ceases to be boring, painful, or just a passing experience, and truly becomes a deep, joyful, and blissful experience. Depending on the individual’s level of practice and awareness, these transformations can be immediate or can take a longer time to process. However, change is inevitable and this transformation can be very stable and profound and can transform your life dramatically.
So, what expectations do you need to have from the retreat? None! Because of the ineffability of what you really are, of what "Divine Reality" is, this change is a natural progression that comes from stillness, surrender, and, ultimately, from within your true selves. The aim is to create the best conditions in which the "Divine Reality" will be revealed in your "Heart".
From doing this, you will experience some profound effects from these meditations. Many make the mistake of becoming attached to these effects and realizations. However, do not cling to them. In the openness of your being, much more than this is happening, and you will learn to accept, surrender, and be open to the ebb and flow of these realizations.
Ultimately, the most important outcome of this retreat is for you to start becoming accustomed to centering in the "Spiritual Heart". This means to get used and be aware of that quiet, peaceful, infinite, and eternal foundation of your being that cannot be perceived by the rational mind but is the source of all inspiration, love, beauty, and spiritual life.
Many sages have said that "Spiritual Heart" is your real home. So abandon yourselves, trust, and enjoy this centering. The "Spiritual Heart" is your axis, your hub. During this retreat, be at home, be present and integrate this practice fully for an intimate, meaningful experience. The "Spiritual Heart" is the "meeting place" for those who wish to relate to life in a sacred manner.
An orientation session is held at 2:30 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. Attending the orientation session is mandatory for all participants. The meeting may last up to three hours, so please plan accordingly.
The retreat aims to support all participants in going deeper inside themselves. To achieve this inner-orientation, participants agree to follow the retreat guidelines. These include:
Interest in the Hridaya's Silent meditation retreat has grown consistently since they started their meditation and yoga Center in Mexico in 2012. As in some of their retreats, they reach the maximum capacity of the halls, there is occasionally the need to close enrollment and place interested students on a waiting list for the next available retreat. Hridaya knows that some people have a limited time in which they can join. To ensure enrollment in a chosen retreat, Hridaya recommends booking as early as possible; at least one month in advance.
All of Hridaya's courses are lead by teachers who have completed the intensive 500-hour Hridaya Teacher Training Course.
This retreat will be held at the Hridaya Yoga Center in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hridaya Yoga is located in the charming and breathtaking little beach town of Mazunte, on the Pacific coast of the state of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico. Mazunte is a small and friendly village on the Oaxacan coast. The Hridaya Yoga Center sits atop an attractive hill with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. The three yoga halls and their sustainably-built accommodations offer an atmosphere of serenity and simple luxury.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious vegan meals. All meals are prepared with love and are served in the spacious dining room. The food service supports the retreat experience, rest periods, and noble silence of participants. The meals are simple, without excessive spices (no onion or garlic is used) and without extensive condiments.
Meal times are scheduled into the retreat and the food will be ready as soon as the retreat sessions end. Please carefully consider whether you are willing and able to eat simple vegan food for 10 days. If you generally are a very selective eater with many special preferences, you may prefer to make other arrangements.
No meal refunds will be given once the retreat begins. Please do not bring food or breakable drinking vessels into the halls, sealed receptacles for water and tea are permitted. The meal catering cannot accommodate food allergies and other special requests.
During your free time, you may discover the magical coast of Oaxaca and the three coastal fishing villages of Mazunte, San Agustinillo, and Zipolite. You can also relax by the calm bay in nearby San Agustinillo, where local cafés line the beach sheltering under a multitude of coconut palms swaying in the breeze, or take your surfboard down to Mazunte or Zipolite for more action-packed surf.
You may also take a 30-minute walk from the Hridaya Center to Punta Cometa, the southernmost peninsula on the Pacific side of the North American continent where the sunsets are spectacular with the fading light bouncing off the sand and cliff faces.
You may join an early morning ocean tour where you will encounter a sea swarming with life, depending on the season, like whales, dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and flying fish are often there to behold or leave at first light for the nearby ecological reserve of Ventanilla, a mangrove swamp where you can see crocodiles, deer, iguanas, countless birds, and more.
Another option is to join one of Ola Verde’s expeditions; they offer fantastic half-day river rafting excursions on the Río San Francisco, just north of Tonameca, visit the museum and aquarium of the Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte and get to know the life of one of the greatest species in the world, or head to the breathtaking waterfalls of the Cascadas Mágicas de Copalitilla.
Bahías de Huatulco International Airport
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Puerto Escondido International Airport
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From Mexico City it is possible to get a flight to Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX). Check around for which airlines have these flights, and remember to search domestic Mexican airlines such as InterJet, Viva AeroBus, Magnicharter, AeroMar, or AeroMexico for special fares.
From Oaxaca City, you may take a bus to Pochutla. From there, you may take the first-class tourist bus that takes about nine hours but is a less windy route or you may take a regular minibus that will take about six hours but takes very curvy mountain roads.
To take the first-class bus, you may go to the ADO bus station in Oaxaca to buy a ticket. There are several departures each day including one overnight bus. There are several mini-bus companies and also have several departures per day.
Taxis are available at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX). You may walk from the airport terminal to the main road and catch a taxi to the venue for about 450 MXN.
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