Create Big Shifts in Your LifeThe Silent Meditation Retreat can help you drop limiting beliefs, regrets and worries, and tap into a bigger vision for yourself. These few days make the rest of your year more alive, productive and full of energy. When you emerge, you feel recharged and refreshed, ready to take on all your responsibilities with greater focus and joy. You’ll return to your life more grounded, more centered, more wise—filled with a joy that is unshaken by outer circumstances.
- Reduced stress
- Greater sense of happiness and enthusiasm
- Higher focus and improved life-work balance
- Better and longer deep sleep
- Connect more deeply and easily with others
A Profound Spiritual Immersion
Have you noticed the amount of noise surrounding you every day? Phones, television, news, conversations, traffic, and office machines, just to name some of the things responsible for all the sound pollution. Add to that all the internal noise—stress from work, personal relationships, responsibilities, that stream of consciousness in your head thinking about an interaction you had in a meeting ten minutes ago, a disagreement with your partner ten days ago, a bad financial decision you made ten years ago! You try to silence all this noise only to find your monkey mind—the “fun friend” that has you spinning out of control when you’re just trying to quiet your thoughts—gets louder.
Our signature Silent Meditation Retreat integrates our renowned Happiness Retreat and several days of silent contemplation with unique guided meditations, yoga, and advanced breathing techniques.
A Structured Retreat
Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya (SKY), the key technique of the program, significantly
- Reduces levels of stress
- Supports the immune system
- Relieves anxiety and depression
- Clears stress at the physical, mental, and emotional levels, relaxing the nervous system to reduce insomnia and enable quality sleep
- Increases levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging. [6, 23, 27]
Recently, a group of Yale researchers published a study evaluating classroom wellness training programs incorporating breathing and emotional intelligence strategies. In the study, published in the July 15, 2020, Frontiers of Psychiatry, the Art of Living’s SKY Campus Happiness most beneficial, reporting improvements in six areas of well-being: depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect, and social connectedness. Read the YaleNews article here.
Silence is more than not speaking—it is a way to renew ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Silence helps focus the mind, calm the emotions, and relax the body. It is a pause of the distractions of life—work and relationships, talking and listening, music and television, phones and computers. Silence is an opportunity to turn off the noise both inside and out. Even just a few minutes of true silence gives a rest far deeper than sleep, and possibly anything else you’ve experienced in life.
Proven techniques to significantly increase well-being mentally and physically, including Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY)—a powerful breath-based meditation.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that SKY provides a comprehensive range of significant benefits. Not only does it help with relaxation, but SKY practice settles the mind directly to the deepest state of pure awareness. You’ll experience immediate, positive shifts in your energy, clarity, and state of mind.
Explore the knowledge and wisdom from the ancient Vedic texts of India, which gives us the tools to live with bliss. Q&A sessions with your instructor provide clarity on meditation and peaceful living.
These four pillars—viveka (discrimination), vairagya (broader life in life), shatt-sampatti (the six kinds of wealth), and mumukshatva (the desire to be free)—are important for both inner and outer growth.
Mudras, or “yoga of the hands and fingers” and breathing practices to channel your body’s energy flow and draw your mind inward.
The course builds upon the breathing exercises taught during the Happiness Program and teaches a series of mudras—a subtle technique to balance the mind and emotions.
Yoga and meditation to open the heart, strengthen the body, clear the mind, and lift the spirit.
Practicing the physical postures of yoga can improve strength, flexibility, and circulation, while meditation keeps the mind sharp, relieves stress, and may even strengthen your immune system. Essentially, every body part is revitalized and nurtured providing you with more energy and mental clarity.
From reducing stress to getting better rest, these techniques have a demonstrated measurable impact on quality of life.
According to Ayurvedic medicine, a healthy immune system is represented by physical, mental, and spiritual resilience—a balance of three subtle energies of prana, tejas, and soma. When we are missing social support, dealing with chronic stress, spending time inside away from nature, over-stimulated with media, and carrying negative thoughts and feelings, we open up ourselves to physical and mental illness. Ayurveda has been naturally supporting immune health for thousands of years—treating the body and mind with balanced nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, herbal and mineral support, and the creation of balance at mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
The Next Best Thing to Being Here
This is not a pre-recorded program where you watch videos and try to keep up. These are live-streaming, interactive sessions with the same expert faculty you’d experience on our campus. You will have ample opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, participate in discussion, and connect with fellow participants.
Pre-requisite: 18 years of age or older
Art of Living faculty are teachers from all over the world who integrate their passion for teaching with a dedication to service of others. Inspired by their own personal experiences of transformation and joy, our teachers blend ancient, timeless wisdom with contemporary approaches to well-being to bring you a heart-based approach rooted in the authentic, effective techniques of Ayurveda, meditation, and breathwork—the very best of health and wellness.
Online Program FAQs
Retreat Cancellation Policy
Your program is hosted on Zoom. In order to participate, you will need one of the following:
- Computer: Windows or Mac computer with speakers and a microphone. (Note: Webcams are recommended but not required.)
- Mobile Device: iOS or Android
- Phone: mobile, desk or landline.
You can find out more about using Zoom here.
Once you register and reserve your spot, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions on how to access the online sessions. If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to reach us at 800-392-6870.
We’re bringing our signature programming to you!
All the knowledge, interaction, and benefits of our on-campus program in a special online format! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with a like-minded community for support, education, and empowerment—in the comfort of your own home!
6:30–9:00 pm The Secret of the Breath
7:00–8:30 am Morning Yoga
10:00 am–12:30 pm The Rhythms of Life
2:30–5:30 pm Deepening Our Experience
7:00–8:30 pm Practices to Calm the Chatter in the Mind
7:00–8:30 am Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00 am–12:30 pm Step Into the Silent Zone
2:30–5:30 pm Soaking in the Silence
7:30–8:30 pm Wisdom to Deepen Your Silence and Q&A
7:00–8:30 am Daily Dive Group Practice
10:00 am–1:00 pm Gradual move out of silence and home going instructions.