The Experience of SilenceAn Invitation to Silence
The Retreat Container
Retreat is an opportunity to set aside the concerns of the “me” and to tend to that which is wholly unconcerned and yet unconditionally allows, without pushing away even the smallest desire. By being willing to let one’s attention relax out of the concerns of the “me” and return to the everpresent presence of Awareness, one can disidentify with ego and come to know Awareness to be the sum and substance of existence. You are already and always this Awareness. To fully realize this requires that you cease cherishing thought, cease energizing the thinking mind that distracts you from this very knowing. Cherishing thought comes at a price, which is inner division, separation, and suffering. Seize this opportunity to value the priceless pearl of the one true Self. ~ Mukti
A powerful retreat container supports a deep and transformational unfolding into truth. Participants work together to create and nurture this container by maintaining silence and giving themselves to the schedule and structure of the retreat.
Retreatants are asked to come to the retreat prepared to be fully present, with loose ends tied up at work and at home, completing all business before retreat and making arrangements with loved ones to help maintain the silence. This depth of intention allows an undistracted experience of surrender that is not often possible in daily life.
Mukti requires that all attendees arrive on time for retreat (3–5 PM on the first day) and plan to stay at the retreat site through the end of the retreat (just before lunch on the last day). Participants are also required to attend the first and last meditations of each day.