Silent Retreat

A WEEKEND OF ABSOLUTE SILENCE AND BREATHING MEDITATION

Practice begins from Friday night and continues until Sunday at noon, including night and dawn meditations that generate a deep introspective connection, thanks to the body inner chemistry activated in the dark part of the day.

During the process, a deep stimulation of the nervous system is carried out through ancestral techniques of breathing meditation and absolute silence, which enriches our self-knowledge and emotional wisdom.

The retreat is open to all people, whether or not they have meditated before.

"A spiritual mind is one that has become a light to itself"
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
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SILENT AS A RESOURCE

Silence as a meditative resource extremely powerful in the work of listening to ourselves, feel our emotions and observe our mind, especially when practiced in a controlled environment for such purposes.

Everything is enhanced: time lengthens, meditations are experienced from previously unexplored internal areas, each breath reaches more remote cellular corners, the senses are refined... in short, we approach ourselves from more lucid and unfiltered platforms.

Silent retreats have existed since ancient times with the aim of codifying the habit of feeling and exploring our emotions. In that sense it is like literally launching a sensory amplifier within us.

Details on how exactly we will practice silence will be explained at the beginning of the retreat. For now, it is important to note that silence implies not only not speaking, but also not writing, not reading, not using the telephone... throughout the weekend.

BREATHING MEDITATIONS

'Breathing meditation' refers to the practice of breathing patterns designed thousands of years ago where oxygen and carbon dioxide are regulated through inhalations, exhalations and breathing pauses. Some of these exercises are practiced in total physical stillness, while others involve physical movements of the body... all in order to generate a different lens of observation of our emotions than usual.

It should be said that these breathings, together with the meditative state they produce in the body and mind when practiced in total inner silence, greatly favor our faculty of observation and self-knowledge, so if there is a personal topic that you would like to give more space and reflection, this retreat is a very good opportunity to do so.

NIGHT MEDITATIONS

Breathing techniques to stimulate the pineal gland at the most mystical time on the planet: night and dawn.

We take advantage of these moments of the day to practice breathing meditation because in them our system gets charged with melatonin, a hormone related to sleep cycles, growth and deep states of consciousness.

"The true progress of meditation is measured by the degree to which inner tranquility is achieved"
– Sivananda
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MEALS

The retreat includes vegetarian food (no vegan or gluten-free menu).

The meals are specially designed to navigate the depth of the retreat with a light digestive system. This means:

– Friday: light dinner.
– Saturday: breakfast / lunch / light dinner.
– Sunday: breakfast / lunch.

There will be coffee and tea for those who wish.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY

Entrance to the place from 3:00PM
6:00PM – Group meeting and light dinner
8:00PM-9:00PM – Breathing meditation and beginning of silence

SATURDAY

4:30AM-6:00AM – Breathing meditation
7:00AM-7:30AM – Breakfast
7:30AM-10:00AM – Free time
10:00AM-11:00AM – Breathing meditation
11:00AM-12:00PM – Individual meditation in the room
12:00PM-12:30PM – Lunch
12:30PM-4:00PM – Free time
4:00PM-5:00PM – Breathing meditation
5:00PM-6:00PM –Individual meditation in the room
6:00PM-6:30PM – Light dinner
6:30PM-8:00PM – Free time
8:00PM-9:00PM – Breathing meditation
9:00PM – Bedtime

SUNDAY

4:30AM-6:00AM – Breathing meditation
7:00AM-7:30AM – Breakfast
7:30AM-10:00AM – Free time
10:00AM-11:00AM – Breathing meditation
11:00AM-12:00PM – End of silence
12:00PM-12:30PM – Lunch and end of the retreat

GUIDED BY

I'm Antonio, and I have more than 20 years of experience in meditation and ancient yoga, in India, Nepal and Costa Rica. Here you can read more.

REGISTRATION

UPCOMING DATE

From June 14 to 16, 2024.

TIME

Check-in from 3:00PM on Friday and check-out around noon on Sunday.

VENUE

Modo Elefante is on a 3-hectare property surrounded by nature in Atenas Costa Rica.

FEE PER PERSON, US$475

* Due to the introspective nature of the retreat and the assigned meditation spaces in the rooms, each person must be in a single room.

* All rooms have their own bathroom.

* Keep in mind that the retreat is in Spanish, but the instructions for the practices can be translated into English if necessary; not so the consultations of the participants in the closing circle, or topics considered as non-essential.

* The space is reserved via bank transfer, PayPal or SINPE-Costa Rican-mobile, by paying the entire rate. Tell me to send you the payment information only if you have already decided that you will come, please.

* If you pay in colones, use the sale rate according to the Central Bank of Costa Rica here.

NOTES

– Ask before payment to check availability.

– Only for people over 21 years old.

– I appreciate avoiding photos or videos during the retreat (once it is finished, is ok)

– Event not suitable for children, teenagers or pets.

– Modo Elefante is a meditation center, not therapy. People suffering from depression, psychiatric/mental pathologies or addictions of any type, please consider other options since the program lacks the human, medical and technological resources to treat such situations.

– But in relation to the above, if you are under psychological or psychiatric treatment, you can ask your therapist or doctor for approval of this program. I have worked this way with a large number of people, obtaining excellent results.

– Cancellation policy: If cancellation is requested, 50% will be returned during the days after payment. IMPORTANT: seven days before the date of the event no refunds will be done. The retreat is non-transferable to a later date.

Here you can read about the Modo Elefante concept.

Here you can read the Residential Code.

Here you can see photos of the place.

REGISTRATION FORM

If you attend the retreat please fill out the following form:

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