Our silent retreats are precious days free from our daily story and all that we are doing. In the quiet we can open to an inner state of love and beauty. In the silence and stillness we can explore our own inner landscape.
The daily retreat program includes teachings and guidance on heart-centered silence with teachers Bruce Davis, Ruth Davis and Nicole Becker. Ruth and Bruce have been leading retreats worldwide since 1983. They are teachers of the world philosophies with personal backgrounds in Hinduism, mystic Catholicism, Sufism, Buddhism, Animism, and bring a rich background to their teachings.
We offer 3 group meditation sessions daily along with silent sitting, silent meals, non-doing periods, and optional guided relaxation and gentle yoga. Take time for a silent walk along meandering paths, and rest amidst the expansive contemplative gardens.
Our approach emphasizes simplicity, heartfulness, and slow living. The daily program provides a gentle container where we can let go of effort and practice receiving the present moment. This is about the simplicity of just Being.
The beauty of silence is that it is spacious, and universal. Our non-denominational retreats allow each person to feel and listen to what is naturally sacred within. Resting in silence, guided by the intention of receiving the gifts of quiet, we find a deep commonality and community in the Heart.
Journaling, reading, meditating in the calm quiet of our heart, we can reconnect to the depth of our inner being. Daily life activities can cover up the qualities of the heart. The gift of silence is having nothing to do, nothing to say, while listening and learning from the silence. Here we can experience resting our mind in the spacious quiet of our heart.
Silent Stay Retreats are held at two locations:
Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA
The Ojai Hermitage in Ojai, California
Press UPCOMING Retreats button to see costs & registration information !! Welcome to the peace found in the silence.
I had been attending various Silent Retreats for over 10 years before I finally found the magic that is Silent Stay. That very first retreat was such a profoundly transformative and life-changing experience, and with every retreat thereafter my inner peace, my healing, my spiritual practice, my growth, my self-love and compassion has deepened, and my light and my heart continue to expand.
Ruth and Bruce teach us how to take these practices home with us.
Thank you eternally, Ellen