The sounds of silence. Wouldn’t you love to just enjoy a bit of that every now and then? To get away from the constant and ongoing “noise” of every day living simply to be alone with your thoughts and to hear yourself think? Peace and quiet. It’s rare, it’s precious, and it’s one of the things that people seek in a Wellness Vacation. Lucky for us, the industry is listening. Silent retreats are not exactly going mainstream, but they are becoming more popular and there are more options available.
You can find yourself in silence at one of the following retreats:
“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” ~ Francis Bacon
Napa Valley, California is home to the Silent Stay Meditation & Retreat Center. This European style mountainside retreat is surrounded by rolling hills and farmland. It serves up to 10 guests (two beds per room) and offers silent retreats year round. The daily schedule includes two meditation sessions, yoga and an afternoon of activities including preparation of meals, hiking and private consultations. Extended stays are available.
‘Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.’ ~ Leonardo da Vinci
PachaMama, in Nicoya, Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, offers several seven-day silent retreats each year. Silent yoga and meditation are practised daily, meals are vegetarian and accommodation options include camping, forest casitas, cottages and bungalows and villas with private bathrooms and kitchens.
‘Silence is a true friend who never betrays’. ~ Confucius
This customized seven-night retreat from Shreyas in Bangalore, India begins with a wellness consultation including overall health, food preferences, daily routines and preferred meal timings. Designed to help guests take time out to step back, calm the mind, and possibly even reviewing and reprioritize one’s life’s goals, the program focuses not only on the absence of speech but also on the quietening of the mind.
“Silence is a source of Great Strength.” ~ Lao Tzu
Offering three-day silent meditation retreats each month, The Sanctuary, located in the surfing town of Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico, is just a short stroll from the sea. Housed in a five-bedroom colonial style home in a peaceful residential neighbourhood, The Sanctuary also offers yoga, meditation and juice fasts as part of the program. Optional accommodations and vegan meals are available.
“To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man.” ~ Marcel Marceau
Surrounded by the quiet and scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina offers a three-night structured The Art of Silence Retreat allowing participants the opportunity to sink deep within and break free from our mental chatter. Silence combines with meditation, breathing exercises, music and vegetarian meals.
“Meditation is the journey from movement to stillness sound to silence.” ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Siddhayatan Tirth and Spiritual Retreat in Windom, Texas (about a 90-minute drive from Dallas) is surrounded by 200 plus acres of rolling hills, with quaint ponds and forests any plenty of space for wandering. Silent retreats are offered with the flexibility of choosing the dates that work best for each guest. Spiritual classes and yoga are also available. Accommodations include private cabins and shared rooms with two or five beds. Meal are vegetarian.
“If every eight-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” ~ Dalai Lama