Ruth Davis

Master Teacher & Author

"A retreat is time to come home inside yourself where the mind stops and silence of the heart begins." Ruth Davis

At age six, Ruth had a spiritual awakening in her first ballet class.  Her heart burst open to the divine and joy filled her body.  She felt she was dancing to God, the all and everything.  She experienced love for everyone and everything.  Her dance became her devotional practice, which eventually came to include energetic studies of Chi Gung and inner Yoga; the movement of consciousness through the body and beyond the body.

She began meditation practice at the age of 16 (in 1968) when she embraced Surat Shabd Yoga, from the Punjab region of India, as her spiritual path.  Shortly after her initiation, she started visiting holy sites in India including the Punjab region, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Varanasi and Tiruvannamalai.  She is a continuing student of Vedic, Tantric wisdom & Mystic Catholicism, with particular connection to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, the silent saint. She raised 2 daughters and has 2 grandchildren. She holds certifications in Ayurvedic Medicine, Clinical Hypnotherapy & NLP.

In 1993 after the death of her first husband she began leading spiritual retreats worldwide with her current partner Bruce Davis.

In 2000 Ruth and Bruce founded the Assisi Retreat Center, a Temple to the World Religions in the heart of the ancient city of Assisi Italy and in 2002 opened Silent Stay Assisi.

In 2005 began study of the MahaVidyas (Wisdom Mothers of Yoga Tantra) while living and teaching in Assisi Italy.

From this yearlong contemplation came:

  • the ability to connect students to their spiritual heart, their  inner wisdom, or core of being.  It is from here that all answers become available.
  • a meditative movement practice called Sacred Movement Ritual.  In the style of Chi Gung it contains spiritual lessons and energetic practices.
  • two books:  Sacred Movement Ritual, Yoga Philosophy in Movement  AND  Journeying up the Mountain with the Tantric Goddesses, an initiation into the 10 Cosmic Powers.

​In 2010 they brought Silent Stay from Assisi and founded Silent Stay Meditation Center in Vacaville, California.  In one fateful night in 2020 the centered burned down in a wildfire.  For Ruth it was the experience of the beautiful sand mandalas on the ocean shore, that in complete surrender washes away.  And so it was for Silent Stay Vacaville seemingly swept away.  One thing remained, the peace found in the silence, which can never be taken or destroyed.

She currently lives and works in Montecito California with her husband Bruce Davis PhD.  They share silent retreats at the Pacifica Graduate Institute and The Ojai Hermitage. Ruth offers a 40 day Course on Spiritual Awakening & Initiation into the Spriritual Heart.

Ruth provides private sessions & spiritual counseling for those seeking to deepen their connection to the Path of their Heart. 

Creator of Sacred Movement Ritual

Sacred Movement Ritual is a series of nine contemplations in movement which express the spiritual lessons from the Divine Mother. Ruth, a devotional dancer from childhood has been teaching movement as a spiritual practice since 1985.  It is a culmination of her life's journey of professional dance, eastern philosophy, devotion and Chi Gung. She invites people to experience the spiritual wisdom that can be found within basic movement. Having studied Chi Gung Ruth found the essence of the teaching as a deep connection to nature and oneness. Moving with nature we learn to move at the pace of peace.  She dedicates her dance / movement to Divine Love.

Movement can be a healing practice, a mystical practice of removing internal obstacles so that we are released into Love. Subtle & gross movements of the physical body mirror inner states and awareness. We can use outer movement to explore, align and ascend to our highest spiritual potential.

Featured Books
Journeying up the Mountain with the Tantric Goddesses
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Sacred Movement Ritual
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