Silent Retreat with the aid of María Deza
6th – 13th April 2019
This retreat is based on Mahasi Sayadaw´s style of Vipassana meditation training (sitting and walking meditation) and an integrated yoga program. Noble Silence and Slow Motion are important aspects of this practice as both can help us to enhance our concentration. Individual guidance and assistance will be available. The retreat is open to experienced meditators and beginners alike, but a firm commitment to go through the full retreat is expected. Part-time participation is not possible.
María started practicing meditation more than 20 years ago with different teachers until she met Asokananda in 1997. He became her teacher and since then she has made a strong commitment to the practice of a Vipassana inspired way of life until now.
One of the teachings she inherited from Asokananda is the practice of Vipassana in the Wild and in Nature, as he regularly taught in the middle of the jungle in Northern Thailand. When possible she organizes retreats in very rustic places in the countryside of Mexico.
She studied Dance and is a Yoga teacher in Mexico, having created a Yoga and Meditation Center in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz. She lives with her husband and daughter and the challenges and inspiration of daily life form the basis of her practice.
5:30am wake up bell
8:30am breakfast and personal time
10:00am sitting meditation
11:00am walking meditation
12:00pm sitting meditation
1:30pm lunch / personal time
3:30pm sitting meditation
4:30pm walking meditation
7:00pm sitting meditation
8:00pm tea / chanting Hsin Hsin Ming / brief dhamma talk / Om Mani Padme Hum
9:00pm sitting meditation (optional)
10:00pm night bell
Food will be vegetarian and very simple. In fact the whole retreat will follow the rule of simplicity.
Accommodation will be in rooms or tents. Please let us know if you have a particular need or preference. We will try to do our best.
What to bring? All your personal things like medicines, toiletries, personal meditation cushions, etc. A sleeping bag is also useful.
To get enrolled please contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org entitled SUNSHINE HOUSE VIPASSANA RETREAT, stating a brief explanation about your spiritual practices if you had or have any (it includes Thai massage, yoga, etc.), your reasons and intentions for having decided to come to this retreat, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to include them.
Start Date: 6th April at 17.00 with dinner.
Finish Date: 13th April at 14.00.
If you are not sure that you want to spend a week in silence, away from reading, cell phones and other kinds of communication, texting and the like, and to be in a meditation environment, I will rather suggest that you reconsider your decision to participate in the retreat.