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Silent Retreat: Ojai

May 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019
4 Days/3 Nights
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Silent Retreat: Ojai

Savouring Silence

May 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019

4 Days/3 Nights
U.S.
California
Singles from $2200 | Sharing from $1100

True silence is not oppressive, it is not lonely, it is not disconnected from our world. True silence is THE internal CONDITION NECESSARY FOR CONNECTION TO OURSELVES, OTHERS AND OUR WORLD. It is rich, and it clears the path to insight and the qualities of joy, compassion, and equanimity that are available to us all.

Learn the value of a silent retreat with Senior Mindfulness and Compassion teacher Heather Prete as she guides us to experience our inner and outer world with bare awareness, the mind of true knowing and loving kindness. There will also be silent yoga taught daily by Thalia Ayres to explore what it feels like to meditate in motion.

“True silence is not a contraction, like the tightening and holding we associate with being told to behave in school. It is a process of gently unfolding into non-doing, of letting go of the habits that rob us of being truly here for ourselves and our lives. It is coming home…” – Heather Prete

We will be:

  • Finding a place of peace and resiliency within ourselves, not dependent on outside conditions
  • Learning to find the beauty inherent in each moment
  • Cultivating equanimity and joy so we may be the love we wish for the world
  • Savoring our inner goodness and the goodness of others
  • Savoring our connection with the planet

This retreat is all levels

ALL STAFF WILL BE IN SILENCE UNLESS AN INDIVIDUAL NEEDS ASSISTANCE

**This satisfies 4 days of our 5 day retreat requirement for Teacher Training students**

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY

For complete terms including refund and cancellation policies, click here

Space is limited

Reserve your space today!

  • Dates
    May 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019
  • Duration
    4 Days/3 Nights
  • Expected Arrival Time
    4:00pm
  • Price
    $1,100 - $2,200
  • Instructors
    Heather Prete, Thalia Ayres
  • Included
    Accommodations
    Meals
    Daily classes and lectures
  • Not Included
    Airfare
    Transportation
1
Day 1
  • 4pm: Arrival
  • 7pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Opening Circle
  • 10 pm: Silence Begins
2
Day 2-3
  • 7:30am: Coffee & Light Snack
  • 9am: Yoga
  • 10am: Breakfast
  • 11am: Break
  • 11:45am: Meditation / Dharma Talk
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Dharma Talk / Walking Meditation / Silent Sit
  • 3:30pm: Break
  • 5pm: Dharma Talk / Meditation / Silent Sit
  • 7pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Meditation / Dharma Talk

Retreat Location

Internationally known as a sacred place of exceptional beauty and spiritual significance, Ojai is a unique valley wrapped in the arms of the Los Padres National Forrest about 80 miles north of Los Angeles and 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It’s considered by many, a spiritual “hot spot” because it’s one of the few places on earth where the mountains run in both directions, creating a geographical vortex, a gateway to the spirit world, much like Sedona, Az. and Katmandu. Perhaps the last intact Mediterranean ecosystem in Southern California, Ojai is often compared to Tuscany. The hills above town are covered with sage, chaparral, oaks and lavender. The name Ojai (pronounced O-HIGH) is derived from the Chumash word “Awhai”. The word is thought to mean “The Nest” or “The Moon” and Ojai is often called “The Valley of the Moon”. It is thought the Chumash declared the Ojai Valley sacred .The surrounding mountains are capped by Topa Topa, the highest peak, which soars from near sea level to a height of 6,244 feet. At sunset, Topa Topa’s rocky westward face often catches a spectacular rosy glow creating the famous ” Illuminating Pink Moment”.
Silent Retreat: Ojai
  • The nearest airport to Ojai is in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara — from there you will need to arrange a shuttle or rental car to drive from the preferred airport to Ojai if you are arriving from out of town. For Los Angeles area participants the drive to Ojai is typically 1.5 hrs.
  • Please note that this is a completely silent meditation retreat. We will begin our silence at 10 pm on Thursday night and break the silence at Lunch on Sunday afternoon. In order to reap the full benefits on this retreat, we encourage you to leave your phones with Heather and Thalia—or keep them turned off. If you must use a phone, please take a walk away from others if you are in a shared room, or use your phone in the privacy of your own room if you are in a private room.

Heather Prete

Lead Instructor

Heather Prete

Heather Prete is a UCLA certified Mindfulness facilitator, Self-Compassion teacher, and Mindfulness in Recovery coach. She began her formal training with Tibetan Compassion practices in 1998 and has received instruction in the U.S. and Asia. Heather spent time training PhDs at the Tarzana Treatment center and working as a guiding teacher for Mindful School’s online adult courses (which were featured in Time magazine’s cover story, “The Mindful Revolution”). She also worked with those in recovery at Alternatives Treatment Center, Westside Treatment, and BLVD Centers.

Heather also spent 20 years in the theater. She is published in the book Remembering Arthur Miller and has been featured in The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, and Times of India. Since mindfulness transformed her own creative process, she’s worked with actors through the Khan Institute to teach her program, “Mindfulness for the Actor.”

Since 2000, Heather has remained committed to yearly retreats ranging from seven to 30 days in length and has completed three teacher trainings. She also sells her paintings to the lovely residents of Los Angeles.

Thalia Ayres

Retreat Host & Yoga Teacher

Thalia Ayres

Thalia Ayres (E-RYT 200, ORDM) was introduced to Shamanism, Yoga and A Course In Miracles from the time she was born by her grandmother, mother and godmother. These practices are at the core of her spiritual foundation which started the groundwork for her own journey in to the healing arts.

In 2012 she embarked on a journey to Self in South Africa, dedicating the months spent there to meditation and self-practice under the guidance of her Reiki Master Tara Antler. It was on this trip that she realized her purpose, to inspire and teach others how to uncover and magnify their own light. When she returned home to Canada she decided to move to Arizona for her yoga certification which then led her to dive deeper and continue her studies at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, graduating from the Spiritual Studies Program and ultimately becoming an ordained inter-faith minister.

Thalia is able to help people connect to their higher self through meditation, yoga, reiki (Usui), aromatherapy, crystal and tibetan bowl sound healing and spiritual coaching. She believes that in order to transform our community at large, we must first start from within.

Main House

Serenity King

  • Shared bedroom
  • Private bath
  • 2 people per room

King Bed: $1900/pp

Serenity Daybed

  • Shared bedroom
  • Private bath
  • 2 people per room

Daybed: $1600/pp

Joy King

  • Shared bedroom
  • Private bath
  • 2 people per room

King Bed: $1900/pp

Joy Daybed

  • Shared bedroom
  • Private bath
  • 2 people per room

Daybed: $1600/pp

Gratitude Queen Bed

  • Private bedroom
  • Private bath
  • 1 person only

Queen Bed: $2200/pp

Rose Twin

  • Shared bedroom
  • Shared bath
  • 3 people per room

Twin Bed: $1100/pp

Beauty Twin

  • Shared bedroom
  • Shared bath
  • 6 people per room

Twin Bed: $1100/pp

Guest House

Guest King

  • Shared bedroom
  • Private bath
  • 6 people per room

King Bed: $1400/pp

Guest Twin

  • Shared bedroom
  • Shared bath
  • 6 people per room

Twin Bed: $1100/pp

Notes

  • A $750 non-refundable deposit holds your space. Final payment is due April 1, 2019.
  • The nearest airport to Ojai is in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara — from there you will need to arrange a shuttle or rental car to drive from the preferred airport to Ojai if you are arriving from out of town. For Los Angeles area participants the drive to Ojai is typically 1.5 hrs.
  • Please note that this is a completely silent meditation retreat. We will begin our silence at 10 pm on Thursday night and break the silence at Lunch on Sunday afternoon. In order to reap the full benefits on this retreat, we encourage you to leave your phones with Heather and Thalia—or keep them turned off. If you must use a phone, please take a walk away from others if you are in a shared room, or use your phone in the privacy of your own room if you are in a private room.

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