10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat

A Transformative Immersion
in the Spiritual Heart


The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is a unique immersion experience that focuses on accessing our real and essential nature, the supreme and divine Self, atman, through an artful integration of meditation and yoga techniques. During the retreat, we address broad aspects of the Spiritual Heart from a variety of traditions, including esoteric Christian, Sufi, and Kashmir Shaivism. The atmosphere will be one of agape and strong spiritual support.

The Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat was created specifically to comprehensively and intimately understand what meditation is and to feel the amazing inner transformations that it brings.

The program aims to create an experience resembling a solitary retreat (such as in a cave) in order to provide an opportunity to reach deep states of consciousness, intense aspiration for the Divine, and highly focused interiorization for the awakening and blossoming of the soul, jivatman. This method is a unique integration of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Tantra, and Dzogchen.

In the advanced stages of practice, all paths of authentic spiritual traditions meet harmoniously and merge into the same ineffable Reality. During the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat, practitioners will be skillfully guided to this penetrating understanding where the search for meaning ends in surrender to the domain of revelation. No previous meditation or yoga experience is necessary as this retreat is designed for beginner and advanced meditators alike.

What Are the Purposes of this Retreat?

During the retreat, our aim is to inform you about methods for meditation encompassing, but not limited to, the unity of consciousness and Advaita Vedanta, thus leading to self-discovery of the Spiritual Heart. The system of meditation will focus on the methods developed by Ramana Maharshi, that of atma vichara, or more popularly known as the inquiry “Who Am I?,” as well as other complementary meditations and prayers.

We aim to inform you about the practical and theoretical aspects of this methodology, allowing ample opportunities to directly put it into practice. In doing so, we hope that you will understand the underlying principles and value the purpose of meditation, thus reaping immediate benefits and coming to love meditation as an essential part of your life.

  1. You will learn some direct methods to pacify your mind and even transcend it. When your mind is truly still and without any thoughts, and you transcend your ego, and you arrive at a place where you have no name, no social status, no relationships, no past, no future, no country, no spiritual attainment, and no lack of spiritual attainment. It is simply a presence of being. If a movement or a thought appears in this stillness, it is enveloped in the stillness, thus becoming stillness itself. It is as if your life becomes full and saturated with this peace and sacredness.
  2. You will also learn a way that comprises a vision, a spiritual understanding, and a method of transforming yourself. We hope most of you will learn to love meditation as a means for discovering Divine Reality, otherwise referred to as God, although these methods are beyond any specific ideas of religion or any theoretical concepts about God.
  3. We hope most of you will have some peak experiences about Supreme Reality, some special states of consciousness about cosmic love, eternity, or the unity of everything, which can be evoked afterward in daily life. This will help you in your quest to understand the reason for your existence.
  4. Our aim is for you to realize the importance of fully incorporating the Spiritual Heart in your life, beyond concepts, theory, and philosophy. The path to the Spiritual Heart journeys through your soul, and therefore, an opening and intimacy of the soul will naturally occur from this. During this retreat, we will have the chance to venture deeper than the emotional, psychological level of the Heart into the Divine Reality, which represents the most profound aspect of the Spiritual Heart. Ultimately, you will be compelled to love at a level that your ego usually prevents you from accessing through blockages such as attachments, ignorance, and other negative emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. To access this level of universal love, the obstacles challenging your personality and your ego must be transcended through accessing the Spiritual Heart.
  5. Our ultimate goal is for you to gain a profound understanding of the real nature of your existence and the nature of the manifestation of Life and the Universe. More specifically, you will eventually achieve a coherent vision of Divine Unity, Advaita, and non-duality, which is the main revolutionary power, the main transforming idea of Jnana Yoga, Advaita Vedanta, Taoism, Dzogchen, and Zen.

Cultivated Attitudes

This method is crafted to cultivate the following attitudes:

  1. An inner awareness of all sensory perceptions and emotions which will gradually become, through sublimation, an awareness of the Spiritual Heart;
  2. The calming down of the mind (a state of peace of mind);
  3. The polarization between the individual soul, jivatman, and the divine Self, atman, that is experienced as a state of very strong and profound aspiration and longing for God;
  4. The evocation of death of the physical body as a way of transcending desires and egotistical tendencies;
  5. The act of powerfully evoking and experiencing the mystery of God’s presence inside our Spiritual Heart.

Purification Effects of the Retreat

When we venture deeper than the surface of our egos into the realm of the Spiritual Heart, it is common that some purification on the physical, mental, or emotional level can occur. This is merely the body’s way of releasing old blockages, traumas, and negative emotions in order to access the deeper levels of the soul. Do not be afraid. Do not avoid purification. However, don’t dramatize; don’t accord them too much importance. When those transformations eventually synthesize, meditation ceases to be boring, painful, or just a passing experience, and truly becomes a deep, joyful, and blissful experience. Depending on the individual’s level of practice and awareness, these transformations can be immediate or can take a longer time to process. However, change is inevitable and this transformation can be very stable and profound and can transform your life dramatically.


So, what expectations do we need to have from the Retreat? None! Because of the ineffability of what we really are, of what Divine Reality is, this change is a natural progression that comes from stillness, surrender, and, ultimately, from within our true selves.

The aim is to create the best conditions in which the Divine Reality will be revealed in our Heart. From doing this, we will experience some profound effects from these meditations. Many make the mistake of becoming attached to these effects and realizations.

However, do not cling to them. In the openness of our being, much more than this is happening, and we will learn to accept, surrender and be open to the ebb and flow of these realizations.

The Spiritual Heart, Our Real Home

Ultimately, the most important outcome of this retreat is for us to start becoming accustomed to centering in the Spiritual Heart. This means to get used to and be aware of that quiet, peaceful, infinite, and eternal foundation of our being, which cannot be perceived by the rational mind but is the source of all inspiration, love, beauty, and spiritual life. Many sages have said that the Spiritual Heart is our real home. So abandon yourselves, trust and enjoy this centering. The Spiritual Heart is your axis, your hub.

During this retreat, be at home, be present, and integrate this practice fully for an intimate, meaningful experience.

The Spiritual Heart is the “meeting place” for those who wish to relate to life in a sacred manner.

My experience here was life-changing and one that I will cherish forever. Everyone’s intentions are pure and heartfelt. The teachings and teachers try to help you in any way they can along your spiritual path while teaching you how to mediate with an open heart and so much more. There is magic that happens in the room and it truly is a gift from God if you allow yourself to be open to what they have to offer. I will forever be indebted to Hridaya Yoga and their teachers for all the help and love they showed me during the part of my journey with them.
It was a very moving and deeply profound reconnection with Love and the Heart. Beautiful lectures and breakthroughs that brought me back home to the Cosmos and Source within. Now I’m equipped for any challenge. ‘Lovers don't search for each other, they’re in each other all along.
I found God at Hridaya. I found myself at Hridaya. The longing I’ve felt most of my life wasn’t for anything outside of myself. This realization changes life completely.
It was absolutely amazing! Regardless of your age, gender, religion, ethnic or cultural background, you can learn so much from this retreat and get your life questions answered. You can gain life skills and learn so much about LOVE! It’s a great guidance on your spiritual path.
Over the past two decades, I have studied Eastern philosophy, practiced yoga, danced ecstatically, experimented with psychedelics, etc., etc. It's been a beautiful journey. However, I have never experienced more clarity, more depth, or more continuity in connecting so intimately with my divine Self; I have never remained in pure Being and "bliss without form" for so long, with such intensity, love, and realness. It was incredible, and it opened a new door for me.
It has made the light inside me shine brighter than ever before! I will be attending another retreat very soon. Many, many thanks, it is a truly wonderful retreat. Very well planned and organized. I know it has and will bring joy and peace of mind and heart to many seekers.
The Hridaya silent retreat is definitely the most beautiful gift I ever gave to myself, The most sacred journey I ever took. It is truly a blessing and a privilege to have the opportunity and to make space to go inward for 10 days. Every aspects of the retreat is spectacular. I have been meditating for a few years but thanks to the amazing Hridaya teachings I can feel that my attitude and my meditation techniques have been taken to an all other level.
I realized that my mind is heavy, serious and sad but my Heart is active, happy and peaceful.
–Anne Marie
I didn’t know why I came but left so full and inspired and above all: grounded. Expect maybe some inner work, but be sure it is the perfect vortex to work through it and become a better version of yourself!
The 10-day silent retreat with Hridaya Yoga was absolutely life-changing... no exaggeration. The community wraps you in a blanket of love and helps you further open your own heart along the way. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to go deeper into their spiritual journey or to someone who simply wants more peace and joy in their life.
These ten days gave me strength, liberation, opening, surrender and the wisdom of silence and Self-Inquiry. I am full of Love, gratitude, surrender, joy, and excitement.
Amazing and impressive how much transformation and integration can happen in just ten days through so much knowledge, wisdom, and love, I am extremely grateful.
I purchased a new notebook for the retreat, and I filled it front to back with notes, I treasure it more than my passport.
This retreat gave me a strong and definite calling to make spirituality the center and periphery of my life.
One of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. Everyone should have it at least once in their lives.
-Conny G.
Sitting inside the Heart at one point on day 7, I was able to go into what I can only describe as Home. It was a peace I've never had before, and a defining breakthrough for my path. The teacher's guidance got me to that beautiful, momentary space.
Even though I brought 20 years of meditation and retreat background, the 10-day silent retreat was an unexpectedly strong experience. To me, it was a true initiation into my 'Sacred Heart.' The beautifully orchestrated flow of lecture, seated practice, satsang, yoga, and personal time for walks in nature, offered a wisely attuned space for genuine Self-Inquiry.

Methods, Techniques, and Teachings

This retreat includes advice for guided meditation, lectures, and practical methods such as:

  • Ramana Maharshi’s method of introspection (Self-Inquiry, atma vichara, using the question “Who Am I?”)
  • Techniques of stilling the mind using breath awareness
  • Study of the symbolism of the Spiritual Heart
  • Methods of Self-centering in everyday life
  • Advice for maintaining awareness of the Spiritual Heart, in the tradition of the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert (from Christianity )
  • The Christian method of the Prayer of the Heart
  • A proper understanding of Advaita Vedanta’s fundamental principles
  • Methods of passing from individual consciousness to Cosmic Consciousness
  • The four fundamental aspects of the ineffable process of Revealing the Spiritual Heart
  • Daily special meditations on themes connected with Self-Revelation
  • Yogic methods that approach the issue of the Spiritual Heart
  • Poetry
  • Hatha Yoga sessions

Each Day of the Retreat Includes:

  • 4 meditation sessions
  • 90 minutes of Hridaya Hatha Yoga
  • Practical advice for going deeper in meditation

  • Inspiring lectures on fundamental spiritual themes
  • A Q&A session (with written questions)


7:00–9:00Meditation (beginning in shorter segments)
9:00–10:00Breakfast break
11:00–12:30Hatha Yoga
14:00–14:45Karma Yoga
16:00–18:30Meditation (beginning in shorter segments)
19:30–21:00Daily themed spiritual discourse and Q&A
21:00–21:30Meditation (may go later depending on length of Q&A)
7:00–9:00 amMeditation (beginning in shorter segments)
9:00–10:00 amBreakfast break
10:00–11:15 amLecture
11:15 am–12:30 pmHatha Yoga
12:30–1:00 pmMeditation
1:00–4:00 pmLunch and break
4:00–6:30 pmMeditation (beginning in shorter segments)
6:30–7:30 pmTime for personal practice and dinner
7:30–8:30 pmDaily themed spiritual discourse and Q&A
8:30–~9:30 pmMeditation (may go later depending on length of Q&A)

Schedule subject to change.

Pricing and Registration

The 10-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is offered monthly at Château de Longeval, our castle nestled in the beautiful Beaujolais countryside. The retreats listed below are presented in English. For retreats in French, visit this page.


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View all upcoming 10-day English retreat dates below. Click Pricing and Registration for a list of prices and accommodation types available when you want to visit.

July 24 – August 4, 202410-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatSahajanandaJoin Waiting List
September 4 – 15, 202410-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatSahajananda, Antoaneta Gotea & Hadi BeyroutiPricing and Registration
October 23 – November 3, 202410-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatAntoaneta Gotea & Hadi BeyroutiPricing and Registration
November 27 – December 8, 202410-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatPricing and Registration
December 27 2024 – January 7, 202510-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatAntoaneta GoteaPricing and Registration
February 26 – March 9, 202510-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatPricing and Registration
April 9 – 20, 202510-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatPricing and Registration
May 21 – June 1, 202510-Day Hridaya Silent Meditation RetreatSahajanandaPricing and Registration

Please Note:

  • This retreat is open to everyone. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, we invite you to join us and dive deep into the practice. We encourage you to read our Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat Guidelines to help you to decide if you feel ready and inspired to sit a retreat with us.
  • The dates listed above are for accommodation. The course begins the morning after the date of arrival and ends the evening before departure.
  • Check-in is available from 14:00 on arrival day. Please plan to arrive in time to get settled into your accommodations before the Orientation Session, which is at 18:00.
  • It is not possible to join the retreat after 7:00 on the first day.
  • This retreat is addressed to those in a stable emotional and psychological state. If you have any mental health conditions, please read our Mental Health Disclaimer before registering.
  • Please read our Payment, Refund, and Amendment Guidelines before booking.
  • Hridaya Yoga is a non-profit organization. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to practice, which is why we keep our prices low. If the rates still exceed your budget, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship. We will happily consider your request and try to find a way to support you.
  • For more information about our center, including how to get to Longeval, please visit this page.

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