10-day Hridaya Retreat with Sahajananda, Romania, December 2016
Kamala Yoga and Meditation Centre organizes:
10-day Hridaya Retreat – A Silent Meditation Retreat for the Revelation of the Spiritual Heart, with Sahajananda
26th December 2016 – 6th January 2017, Sanpetru (near Brasov), Romania
(For beginners there is the option to participate for the first 4 days of the Retreat.)
The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique immersion experience which focuses on accessing our real and essential nature, the supreme and divine Self, atman, through an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques. During the retreat, we 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 Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat was created specifically to comprehensively and intimately understand what meditation is and to feel the amazing inner transformations which it brings.
The program aims to create an experience resembling a solitary retreat (such as in a cave) in order to provide an opportunity to reach deep states of consciousness, intense aspiration for the Divine, and highly focused interiorization for the awakening and blossoming of the soul, jivatman. 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 Silent Meditation 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 beginner and advanced meditators alike.
All meditations and techniques are specifically intended to activate the Spiritual Heart and to awaken the consciousness at this level. We will integrate advice for guided meditation, lectures and practical techniques and methodologies in our retreat sessions, including:
– Ramana Maharshi’s atma vichara method of introspection (Who Am I?)
– Techniques to still the mind using breath control
– Study of the symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
– Methods of passing from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
– Methods of Self-centering in daily life
– A proper understanding of Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental tenets
– Hatha Yoga sessions in a special spiritual style
– Other Yogic methods that approach the issue of the Spiritual Heart
– Sacred poetry
– The four fundamental stages in the process of the revelation of the Spiritual Heart
– Advice for maintaining awareness in the Spiritual Heart in the tradition of the Fathers of the Desert (from Christianity)
– Daily special meditations on themes connected with Self-revelation
– The Christian method of the Prayer of the Heart.
The leader of the retreat
The Revelation of the Spiritual Heart Retreat is led by Claudiu Trandafir (Sahajananda), whose meditation, for years now, has been dedicated to the Revelation of the Spiritual Heart through Divine Love and the opening of the soul. Claudiu, an engineer in electronics by education, was formerly a professor at the University of Parapsychology in Bucharest, Romania. He has been a Yoga teacher for 25 years, specializing in solitary cave retreats, following the example of Ramana Maharshi and other Jnana Yoga masters. In 2001, after many solitary retreats, Claudiu began to guide groups of people using this method. He has led this special retreat for thousands of participants across Europe over the last seven years, and has also started to lead Retreat programs in Mexico and Thailand. By popular request, the Retreat program is now available in Canada, Great Britain, Romania, Israel, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Thailand, India, etc
The schedule of 26th December:
14:00 – registration and orientation
16.00 – hatha yoga session and practical recommendations for the retreat (asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation). We strongly reccomend all to participate to this yoga and meditation session, even if you have participated in other Hridaya retreat, so you can be proper prepared for the beginning of the retreat.
18.00 – dinner
19.00 – In the meditation hall, there will be explained guidelines for participants, some general principles of the retreat and it will be the first lecture and meditation with Sahaja.
All administrative details will be resolved in that evening (26th December), so that when the retreat will begin on 27th December, the following 4 or 10 days will be devoted exclusively for meditation and interiorization.
Those who want to participate only the first 4 days will leave on 31th December 2016, in morning. For the others, the end of the retreat will be on 5th of January 2017, after the meditation of the afternoon, when they will share experiences lived in this period. Next morning, on 6th January 2017, it will be the last meeting for meditation, questions and answers, lunch and the depart of participants. The tour of Brasov and/ or trips around Brasov will be offered to those who choose to stay one or more days after retreat.
The program will be about 10 hours per day (approx. 6.5 hours for meditations, 2 hours for lectures and presenting inspiring texts, 1,5 hours Hatha Yoga practice), with breaks for meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and rest. First meal is the dinner on 26 December 2016, the last meal is the lunch on 6 January 2017. The diet is vegetarian (vegan on request).
The retreat is held in Sanpentru, a town about 2 km from Brasov. The trip from the airport in Bucharest to Brasov takes about three hours, either by train or bus. We can offer you all the necessary information for a fast and safe transport to Sanpetru.
The retreat is held in English.
For retreat fee info, please contact us:
– by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
– by phone +40731324241.
There is a discount for early registration (till 31th October).
Payment must be made in advance. A deposit of 150 euro is due with reservation.
If you want to cancel the participation in retreat:
-till 31th October 2016 the fee will be refunded (less bank transfer fee)
-till 1st December 2016 will be refunded 50 %
-after 1st December 2016 the fee is non refundable.
If a person makes the decision to leave the retreat, he or she does so with the foreknowledge that the fees are forfeited.
The only exception to this scenario is for cases of medical emergency, in which case – following substantiation of a refund request – Kamala Center will return fees for the unattended portion of the retreat (on a per diem basis, according to the rate of fees paid).
Registration is being coordinated by Kamala Yoga and Meditation Centre.
phone: + 40 731 324 241 or + 40 268 360 424
Registration is made in order of request.
May the Sacred Tremor of the Heart enlighten our lives!