We are a community that believe the sharing of Divine love in the spirit of peace, service and humility is our highest purpose.
Founders Bruce & Ruth Davis
"As awareness rests in the heart, an indescribable joy from within unfolds." Bruce Davis
Bruce Davis, PhD
While a graduate student, Bruce met and became an apprentice to a remarkable Shaman who had the gift of entering into and teaching people in their dreams. For four years, Bruce was introduced to many realms and worlds outside normal western thought. These years were to be the beginning of Bruce's quest to understand the potential of psychology and spirituality. He received his doctorate from Saybrook University. As a spiritual psychologist he teaches the essence of world religions, how psychology and spirituality intertwine offering a more integrated, centered, and fulfilling life. He has taught at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, California and many spiritual centers in the United States, Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland.
Bruce has been guiding retreats worldwide since 1983. His retreats are based in his deep connection to silence, simplicity and heartfulness. He has a gift for guiding people from the busy-ness of the mind & personality to the home of the quiet heart. He supports people who have had a Near Death Experience NDE or spiritual awakening helping to integrate these experiences into daily life. His primary intention is helping others to develop a meaningful spiritual journey, built out of a life of joy.
In 1975 he wrote the book The Magical Child Within You which was the first book written on trusting and nurturing the inner child. A few years later he co-authored another best selling book Hugs & Kisses about loving life, which has been a theme of his work ever since.
While a graduate student, Bruce met and became an apprentice to a remarkable Shaman who had the gift of entering into and teaching people in their dreams. For four years, Bruce was introduced to many realms and worlds outside normal western thought. These years were to be the beginning of Bruce's quest to understand the potential of psychology and spirituality.
Taking people to sacred places like Assisi, Italy, participants discover the sacredness within themselves. For twelve years Bruce and Ruth lived in Assisi, founding the Assisi Retreat Center where people of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy the simple peace and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. The Assisi Retreat Center received the official blessing of Pope John Paul II for its ecumenical work. Both CNN and Travel & Leisure Magazine named the Assisi Retreat Center as "One of The Top Ten Meditation Centers in the World." In 2012 he and his wife Ruth, opened Silent Stay Meditation Center in California. It is Bruce's wish to provide a sanctuary for everyone who yearns for inner peace towards finding their own path to a purposeful, joyful life.
Through the years, Bruce has studied and lived with spiritual teachers in India, Philippines, Germany and Bali, Indonesia. For many years he and Ruth led a program of taking teenagers from one of America's wealthiest communities into the poorest neighborhood of San Francisco to give food to people living in the streets. This program is still ongoing with the help of Branson School students in Ross, California. In addition to his books The Magical Child Within You and Hugs and Kisses, Bruce is the author of The Heart of Healing, Monastery without Walls ~ Daily Life in the Silence, My Little Flowers, Simple Peace ~ The Inner Life of St Francis of Assisi and The Calling of Joy. His latest book is The Love Letters of St Francis & St Clare of Assisi.
"A retreat is a time to come home inside yourself, where the mind stops and silence of the heart begins." Ruth Davis
Ruth Davis, Director
At age six she had a spiritual awakening in her first ballet class. Her heart burst open to the divine and joy filled her body. She began a life of devotion to God through ballet, dance and later on with Tai Chi and Chi gung. This quest to know God through movement resulted in her developing Sacred Movement Ritual, a series of movements as prayer. This practice embodies her studies in yoga philosophy and chi gung. Her book, Sacred Movement Ritual, dives into the sacred contemplations that created the movement sequence and teaches each student how to ponder reality.
In 1968 at the age of 16, Ruth began practicing formal meditation. Shortly thereafter she went to India and was initiated into a heart path of meditation and devotion called Surat Shabd Yoga, the path of light and sound.
She began her first restaurant business at the age of 18, which grew into 10 locations while also continuing studies in Indian philosophy, music and dance at Mills College. In 1985 she was certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP practioner. It was at this time, while raising two children, that her husband of 22 years died. Embracing her new profession, as a therapist, she sold her businesses.
Joining Bruce in 1993 they blended their talents and began co-leading retreats worldwide. Assisi Italy became their home base. In 1999 they created a temple for the world religions in the center of the ancient city called Assisi Retreat Center. (see more). People gathered from all over the world to participate in retreats here. In 2001 Bruce and Ruth, along with the Assisi Retreat Center, received a Papal blessing for their ecumenical work.
In 2002 they created a Silent Retreat Center in the Umbrian countryside naming it Silent Stay. It was here that, with over 40 years of meditation and devotional practices, Ruth developed a method of awareness training called Infinite Heart Awareness. With her guidance each person comes into alignment with their spiritual heart, the source inside. Each person has a unique experience of the sacred inside their heart that can guide them perfectly. Ruth believes it is our birthright to know and experience our soul. This practice opens that possibility.
In 2012 Bruce and Ruth moved back to California and established Silent Stay on a mountaintop expanse of 25 acres near Napa, California. Their clientel ranged from moms and dads, to teachers, nurses and doctors, prison guards and tech giants; anyone wanting to deepen into the silence found in the heart.
In 2020 Ruth received and wrote a mystical story called, Going up the Mountain ~ an Initation into the 10 Cosmic Powers, about the Wisdom Mothers of Yoga Tantra.
With over 2500 guests served a wild fire came through on one fateful night that same year and burned the center to the ground.
But one thing remained..... the peace found in the silence, which can never be taken or destroyed.
In 2023 they are starting over in the Santa Barbara area and will be offering Silent retreats, in local monasteries.
Nicole Becker, Retreat Leader located in San Francisco Bay Area & Founder of Centered in the Heart.org
Nicole is our Community Director. She founded Ojas Yoga Center. With compassion and clarity Nicole reveals the wisdom of the ages. Having studied the philosophies and practices of Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, and devotion for the past 30 years, she brings the teachings of, accepting our humanness & recognizing our innate wholeness, alive. She currently teaches heart-centered meditation and therapeutic yoga and leads Silent Yoga Retreats at Silent Stay. For the past 15 years she has studied and taught alongside her parents, Ruth and Bruce Davis.
Brenda Brisch, Retreat Leader in Assisi Italy
Brenda has been lovingly guiding contemplative retreats for over 40 years and has devoted much of her life to spiritual inquiry. After practicing Transcendental Meditation in the 1970’s, she studied Vedanta philosophy and yoga with an Indian monk from Gujarat. She began teaching Hatha Yoga in his school in Chicago shortly thereafter.
In 1976, she met her teacher, Swami Muktananda, with whom she traveled widely for many years. She became a monk under his auspices, and he instructed her to continue teaching in Europe, India, and the United States. She was the swami in residence at his ashram in Paris.
She joined the Silent Stay community of retreat leaders in 2016, teaching in California and Assisi, Italy. Brenda helps people discover their own pathway to inner peace, and to understand that all of life’s circumstances are a guide to finding the stillness within.
David Nowe, Retreat Leader, Assisi Italy
David attended Columbia University, Jesuit College and has traveled the world. He has explored many cultures and traditions including living in Hindu Ashram, Buddhist Monastery, Muslim community in India, France, Japan and Lebanon. Through the years he discovered the universal truths embracing all religions. In 1995 David was one of the founders of the God Realization Ministry at the Unity Church of Tustin in California. David has since brought his ministry to over 200 New Thought churches around the world. David has a unique gift of seeing love in everyone and welcoming people of all traditions. He is currently the retreat director of www.AssisiRetreats.org.
Vinod Ravindranathan - Retreat Leader, Assisi Retreat Center Vinod has been practicing meditation for over 30 years. In 1994 he was trained in Vipassana at the Wat Ram Poeng monastery in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Although not a buddhist monk, he accomplished the same degree of training. A few years later he earned his Mindfulness Teacher Training from Bangor University.
He currently facilitates the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course in London. In the earlier part of his career, he worked in the corporate world as a lawyer before joining various non-profit organisations including; the UNHCR and Amnesty International Secretariat in London. In Amnesty International he helped people dealing with sexual & gender equality, migrant & refugee rights, compassionate care for drug addicts and animal welfare.
Vinod finds joy in sharing the heart practices of St Francis as a guide to inner peace.
Igusti Ngr Oka Adiputra El Aleph, Retreat Guide Bali, Indonesia
Gusti, native to Bali, lives in a area near the Mother Temple. He lovingly guides us to the sacred places, temples and ceremonies. He is a bright light representing the beauty and wholeness of Balinese culture and spirituality. His warm open heart is a gift to us all. He has become a village leader and collects donation to bring food to those in need.
We are honored to share the peace with our beautiful community of teachers. Their extensive commitment to spiritual practice, community life, and a heart full journey is a gift to everyone.
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