The rules for Vipassana are: No contact with others, no talking, no touching, no gestures, no eye contact. No tobacco, drugs, or alcohol. No yoga or physical exercise, no movement that may be disturbing to other meditators. No music, reading or writing. No jewellery or skimpy clothing. No rosary beads, crystals, charms or religious objects. No contact with the outside world. No leaving for ten days. No playing or fun. And whilst it can certainly be a beautiful and awakening experience in many ways, it is VERY DIFFERENT to what we are offering.
The nature of this silence is simply a putting aside spoken language, both externally and internally. Not the absence, rather an enriching, of communication, interacting and connecting.
It is the opportunity to meet Self, but it’s also about meeting others. As we be fully in Self, AS WE connect with others who are also doing that, something very special emerges.
By being silent and being with Self, interrupting the perpetual loop of thought, you are learning how to continually and consistently bring yourself back to the experience of right here and now, without distortions of judgment, criticism or fear.
Again, this is unlike many silent retreats where you are over there connecting with your authentic self and I’m over here and we’re not aware of, nor connecting with each other.
Rather, just as you connect and then become more deeply aware of and/or in tune with the trees and birds and air and stars we can join in doing this with each other too. We have the aim to be joining in connecting, cleanly – without all that has been ‘put upon us’ since birth.
There will be encouragements to explore or experiment with doing things a certain way, for sound scientific reasons, although these won’t always be explained, BUT there are NO RULES. You will be free to do your own thing, in your own way between the sunrise and sunset activities, always keeping in mind the purpose of what we are jointly creating: a loving, respectful, clean and safe place to journey home to Self for all involved.
The 6 Senses Retreat is open to you if…
– you have an established practice of releasing thoughts and stories
– you know how to practice mindful observance
– you have some experience of being in connection with intrinsic brilliance/deeper/wiser/higher Source
– you appreciate the practice of Self-Compassion
– you enjoy experimenting and exploring
– you are willing to hold a clean, open space for others
If this is not yet you, you may wish to consider participating in the Inner Realm Immersion, our preparatory retreat where we teach the the most powerful principles, tools, techniques of mindful Brain Training.
6 Senses Retreat is open to those who have learnt these things and want a space to rejuvenate, practice, and develop mastery.
How are we meant to truly meet our self or another with all this going on? How can we quiet our minds and return to operating in the world in the way we are designed, as sensory beings? And what happens if we don’t? While we are busy doing, getting and having –‘achieving’, our precious life speeds by and we have missed the most important things… to BE me – to LIVE life – to CONNECT with others.
We are sensory beings. Our brain is designed (or has evolved) to process sensory input from our eyes, ears, body, nose and mouth – our five senses. But there is something more – a sixth sense it has been called. This is a sense that we don’t have conscious access to, but none the less we experience it. That gut feeling about someone or something that we can’t rationally or logically explain, but it is there, isn’t it?
If we really want to be living, we have to and can return to using all of our senses through mindfulness, awareness and centering activities and practicing these regularly to become masterful.
The 6 Senses Retreat simply offers a structured environment, teachings and activities that allow you to get in touch with yourself and others without the dependency on language as the vehicle. Rather than focusing on our own perspective, we are encouraged to connect through noticing the acts of others and by being present in observing through ALL our senses.
Staying open and connected is not as complicated as we often make it. It’s about doing the simple things that nourish and strengthen our mind and body, having practices that support us in returning our awareness to what is really present and learning to respond, rather than react without thinking. Simple, yet profound.