Please note - although not officially a "silent retreat", you will be invited to keep silence throughout (apart from the Daily Sessions in which you are invited into inquiry/Q&As). The aim is to put aside social chit-chat to see what is here in a deeper dimension of being. There will also be formal "silent sitting" (silent meditation) sessions include daily. For those who are sharing a room with a friend or wish to walk or share a meal with a friend, the silence is not strict but we ask that you keep an attitude of respect and quietude. We can provide “In Silence” badges for those who wish to be in complete silence. There are plenty of places at Mount Madonna Center for both solitude and interaction, according to your preference.
The full schedule will be given to you at the start of the retreat, but please note the schedule for the first and final days -
First Day of Retreat, Sunday 12th
Arrival & Registration from 4pm onwards Dinner at 5pm
Evening Session at 7pm
Final Day of Retreat, Thursday 16th
Morning Session at 10am
Lunch at 12.30pm
Departure at 1pm (rooms need to be vacated by this time)
Also available -
- Hot Tub (included in the retreat cost)
- Ayurvedic Bodywork available at the Zaya Kalpa Wellness Center (this is an additional cost payable directly to the center, you can book a session when you arrive and have been informed of the retreat schedule)
- Hiking Trails
- Book & Gift Store
- Gourmet Cafe
- Vedic Temple offering a Ceremony of Light twice daily.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily - these meals are vegetarian, using only fresh, high quality ingredients, organic and local whenever possible, and lovingly prepared. Ample protein choices (tofu, beans, cheese, etc) will be included. Gluten-free and dairy-free options are also available at each meal. Additional food sensitivities/special requirements can be requested in the retreat booking form, and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Indian Chai is served at each breakfast, along with coffee and tea. Teas, coffee, water & fruit are available at break times.
A wide range of gourmet coffee drinks and other delicious snacks are available for purchase at Anjaneya's World Cafe.
A variety of accommodations are available -
- Double or single room with shared bathroom.
- Double or single room with private bathroom.
All beds are single size and the rooms are hotel-style, most of them with windows facing Monterey Bay.
Please note - there is limited availability for single room with private bathroom. If this option is no longer shown in the ticket form below, we suggest you reserve either a double with private bathroom or a single with shared bathroom. If you choose a shared bathroom, these are located very close to each room (just down the hallway) with separate bathrooms for women and men. These are used only by retreat participants and so are still relatively private.
If you have any questions about reserving a room - or absolutely require a single with private bathroom - please contact us here. We sometimes have changes to the room availability and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
- Camping (bring your own tent) and RV; you will need to bring your own bedding. Enclosed shower and outhouses are close by.