Workshops

Silent Yoga retreat

Location: Purelands retreat centre, Samye Ling Tibetan centre, Eskdalemuir, DG13 0QL

Date: Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April 2024

Time: arrival for 5.00pm Friday and finish 3.00 Sunday

Cost: £235.00 per person – payment via bacs

**Currently 8 places left**

Terms and conditions
A £75.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place; the balance is payable by Friday 15th March. Any cancellation within 3 days of the retreat there is only a 50% refund, please contact to book.

All rooms are single occupancy, basic but comfortable and there are separate shower facilities finished to a high standard, the meals are vegitarian and delicious. The canteen cannot cater for individual requirements however there is a fridge at the retreat centre if you wish to bring anything specific for yourself. If you don’t have transport a lift can be arranged.

Prerequisites for attending – if you can’t honour these please don’t book
1. Mobile phones are to be handed in on arrival and will be keep safe and returned at the end of the retreat – there is strictly no access to them during the weekend.

2. You should have previous Yoga posture experience and be comfortable with a sitting practice for up to 30 minutes.

3. Remain committed to silence and respect this and others at all times.

4. Be of balanced mind and emotions.

About the weekend
Come and enjoy a weekend of silence at the Purelands retreat centre set within the grounds of Samey Ling, the first Tibetan centre to be set up in Europe in 1967. We live in a very busy world where it is hard to escape sensory overload, digital technology and find silence for ourselves. The retreat will be an opportunity to completely detach from the routine of everyday life with a weekend of meditative practice, great food and absorb yourself in silent practice leaving with a clear mind.

Based on Vipassana (insight meditation) the practice will consist of light/passive posture work, simple breath/Pranayama and various approaches to Meditation and mindful practice such as Trataka (gaze point starring), walking, standing and sitting.

A guide for the weekend will be given to each attendee outlining practices for each session, observations during meditation and there will be absolute minimal instruction and mostly guidance through demonstration – see schedule below. There will be some free time Saturday afternoon to go for a relaxing walk by the river or around the grounds, or simply sit quietly in one of the main shrine rooms. There is the option of the Tibetan tea rooms or gift shop however to get the most out of the weekend this will only act as a distraction.

The retreat centre is a very peaceful environment to support your practice and the practice room overlooks the countryside and has under floor heating. Please note that when we are at the main canteen the meals will be ate on the tables allocated for silence.

Friday
6.00: supper – silent tables optional.
7.45-9.00: welcome, introductions, overview of the weekend, practice guidelines, silence commences with light movement/grounding down, Trataka (gaze point candle staring).

Saturday
7.00: breakfast.
9.15-11.30: light posture, breath work, meditation.
12.30-1.30: lunch and free time.
4.15-5.30: walking, sitting, standing & meditative observations.
6.00: supper.
7.45-9.00: light movement/grounding down, Trataka (gaze point candle staring) or pitch black sitting.

Sunday
7.00: breakfast.
9.15-11.30: light posture, breath work, meditation.
12.30-1.30: lunch.
2.00-3.15: walking, sitting, standing & meditative observations, silence ends & reflections.

Get in touch

For information on classes and workshops, or to book, please don’t hesitate to contact me.