Kamala Yoga and Meditation Center invites you to register for the 7-Day Hridaya Retreat, between 10-18 June 2022. The retreat will take place ON-SITE, in Kamala center, near Brasov, Romania, and ONLINE (on Zoom application).
The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique 7-day immersion experience which uses an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques to access your real and essential nature, known as the Spiritual Heart, the Supreme Self, or atman.
During the retreat, you will explore the Spiritual Heart from a variety of perspectives, including esoteric Christianity, Sufism, and Kashmir Shaivism. In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet and merge into the same ineffable Reality.
During this program you will stay in complete silence and keep a solitary attitude while receiving a set of inspiring teachings and lectures to provide you with the opportunity to reach the deep states of consciousness that enable the revelation of the Heart. The approach is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Tantra Yoga, and Dzogchen.
You will learn a form of Self-Enquiry meditation inspired by the non-dual teachings of the great sage Ramana Maharshi.
Most importantly, this retreat will help you experience what it means to be centered in the Heart. This means to be aware of that peaceful and eternal core of your being, which cannot be perceived by the rational mind but is the source of all inspiration, love, and beauty.
No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike.
This retreat is guided in English, with Romanian translation if needed.
The retreat includes guided meditations, lectures, and practical methods including:
- The Self-Enquiry method of Ramana Maharshi (using the question “Who am I?”)
- Techniques for stilling the mind using breath awareness
- The symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
- Methods of Self-centering in everyday life
- How to maintain awareness of the Spiritual Heart, in the tradition of the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert (from Christianity)
- The Christian “Prayer of the Heart”
- Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental principles
- Methods for moving from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
- The four fundamental aspects of the process of revealing your True Nature
- Daily themed meditations related to Self-awareness
- Hridaya Hatha Yoga sessions
- A contemplation of death as a way to transcend desires and the endencies of the ego
- An inspiring lecture on the meaning of true love. The leader of the retreat
The Hridaya Meditation Retreat is led by senior hridaya yoga teacher Simona Trandafir and Sebastian Teodor, with an experience of more than 30 years în yoga.
The schedule of 10 June (arrival day):
14:00 – registration and orientation
16.00 – hatha yoga session and practical recommendations for the retreat (asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, meditation). We strongly recommend all to participate in this yoga and meditation session, even if you have participated in other Hridaya retreat, so you can be properly 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.
All administrative details will be resolved that evening (10 June), so that when the retreat will begin on 11 June, the following 7 days will be devoted exclusively for meditation and interiorization.
Daily schedule (11-17 June)
7.30 – 8.00 Breakfast (optional)
8.00 – 10.00 Meditation for the revelation of the Spiritual Heart
10.00 –10.30 Breakfast break (for those who didn’t take it earlier)
10.30 – 11.45 Relevant lecture teaching
11.50 – 13.00 Hatha Yoga practice
13.00 – 13.30 Meditation for the revelation of the Spiritual Heart
13.30 – 16.00 Lunch break
16.00 – 18.30 Meditation for the revelation of the Spiritual Heart
18.30 – 19.00 Time for personal practice
19.00 – 19.45 Dinner
19.45 – 20.45 Q&A
20.45 – 22.00 Daily themes spiritual discourse and meditation.
The end of the retreat will be on 17 June, after the meditation of the afternoon, when the participants will share experiences lived in this period. Next morning, on 18 June, it will be the last meeting for meditation, questions and answers, lunch and the departure of participants.
First meal is dinner on 10 June, the last meal is lunch on 18 June. The diet is vegetarian (vegan on request).
The retreat is held in Sanpentru, a town about 2 km from Brasov, near the wonderful forests and Carpati mountains. 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, with Romanian translation if needed.
The retreat fee is between 275 – 315 euro, in single or double rooms (there are discounts for seniors or individual situations).
For more info and registration, please contact us:
– by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
– by phone +40731324241, whatsapp, signal, telegram
Payment must be made in advance. A deposit of 50 euro is due with reservation.
Registration is made in order of request.
May the Sacred Tremor of the Heart enlighten our lives!