Group Retreats

Each year The Hermitage offers several group silent retreats of varying lengths for practitioners of meditation to deepen their practice. All retreats include delicious vegetarian meals and access to the permaculture gardens, meditation hall and private lake front for self practice and contemplation. Teachers are available for individual support at any time and retreaters may choose to stay in the dormitory, shared or private room, or private house for the duration of the retreat.

TEN DAY SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT
29th December - 7th January
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We ask that participants make a commitment to join the entire retreat and keep a vow of silence for the whole thirty days. The retreat will involve a beautiful schedule of meditation, hatha yoga, and daily teachings on Advaita Vedanta (Non Duality), Self Enquiry Method, Meditation Practices from Sufism, Buddhism and Christianity, and Sacred Poetry.

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TWENTY-ONE DAY ADVAITA-AYURVEDA RETREAT
5th - 25th of April
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Join us for this deep immersion into the vast worlds of Advaita Vedanta and Ayurveda with guest teachers Tiffany Nicholson-Smith and Kristof Wittstock. Over twenty-one days we will explore the esoteric knowledge of these two traditions, both in practice and theory, and develop a strong individual dinacharya and sadhana that we can carry with us after the retreat.

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THIRTY DAY SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT
1st May – 30th May
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We ask that participants make a commitment to join the entire retreat and keep a vow of silence for the whole ten days. The retreat will involve a beautiful schedule of meditation, hatha yoga, and daily teachings on Advaita Vedanta (Non Duality), Self Enquiry Method, Meditation Practices from Sufism, Buddhism and Christianity, and Sacred Poetry.

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FORTY NINE DAY SELF ENQUIRY RETREAT
23rd January – 12th March
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We ask that participants make a commitment to join the entire retreat and keep a vow of silence for the whole forty nine days. The retreat will involve a morning reading by a different master on Self Enquiry and a group meditation for two hours. The rest of the day will be for individual practice and participants can use the permaculture gardens, private beach and dock at the lake front, and various meditation platforms in trees and on the hillside for their practice.

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THREE MONTH ADVAITA VEDANTA RETREAT
15th June - 15th September
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Retreaters can choose from one, two or three months of retreat (beginning on the 15th of June, the 15th of July and the 15th of August) and are asked to commit to the entire month or months in silence here at The Hermitage. Each morning will include a two hour group meditation and a reading from an Advaita master or text, while the rest of the day will be for individual practice in the hall, gardens, private beach or personal cabins.

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CHRISTMAS EVE VIGIL for AWAKENING CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS
night of 24th Dec– 25th December each year
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Each Christmas Eve The Hermitage welcomes any practitioners to join us for a meditation vigil – non-stop meditation from sunset to sunrise dedicate to the awakening of Christ Consciousness and a Non-Dual understanding of the message of Christ. In the morning we will all share a pot luck Christmas brunch in the gardens.

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