5 Days Heart Awakening Silent Meditation Retreat

  • 3/507 Southampton Street East
  • Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2018 (6 days)
  • $900-$950

Event Highlights

  • Guided and held meditation sessions and creating the foundations of self-practice
  • Silence
  • Non-dual philosophy
  • Techniques for quieting the mind and accessing the depth of the Heart
  • Time for contemplation and healing
  • Yoga postures and techniques creating inner peace and serenity


Daily Schedule:

7.00 - 9.00 - Meditation sessions

9.00 - 10.00 - Breakfast

10.00 - 11.00 - Teachings

11.15 - 12.30 - Hatha yoga

12.30-13.30 - Meditation

13.30 - 15.30 - Lunch and rest

15.30 - 16.30 - Yoga practice (relaxation/pranayama)

16.30 - 19.00 - Meditation sessions

19.00 - 20.00 - Dinner

20.00 - 21.30 - Questions and answers / Technique presentation/ Practice

About This Event

Retreat into YourSelf,

Retreat into Silence beyond mind,

into the Heart.

Allow to be taken on an unforgettable journey

back Home.

5 days of meditation, deep relaxation and self-exploration while observing noble silence(mauna) in this coming spring

Allow yourself the treat to just Be and rejoice in the beauty and wisdom of the Heart while learning about Hridaya meditation and how to establish your own meditation practice.

Creating a quiet and supportive environment, a group retreat is the best way to immerse yourself into Self Enquiry and silence and reap the benefits of it.

In the sessions of the retreat there is a presentation of techniques from different meditation and mystical traditions and the time to practice them, inspirational talks sharing the vision of Non-duality (Advaita Vedanta) and a daily Hridaya hatha yoga practice to relax the body and harmonise its energies.

A retreat suitable both for beginners and for people with an established practice - the Hridaya approach makes it exciting and easy to fall in love with Awareness

Hridaya (meaning the Spiritual Heart) is a spiritual path based on the philosophy of non-duality, advaita, and the teachings of the great Indian sage Ramana Maharishi. Nevertheless, it combines techniques from all authentic spiritual traditions (Buddhism, Sufism, Yoga, Christian mysticism) in order to provide a broad and comprehensive view in the search for the Self. A search that starts and ends in the Heart.

Hridaya meditation has proven benefits on all levels of our being - physical health, mental clarity, emotional release, deeper self-knowledge, life, lived in alignment with our innermost truth and an open heart.

“An awakened heart leads to an entirely new way of looking at life, yourself, others, society and ultimately at the whole created order. What that means in practical and everyday terms will differ for each of us.”- Peter Spink

Profound! I felt a deep Heart activation and healing. This has enriched my own practice greatly and will inspire how I teach yoga. ~ P.A., New Zealand

Venue Highlights

The venue is just 2km away from State Highway 1, yet in a very pristine and peaceful area, tucked away in the foothills of mountain ranges and surrounded by nature
The venue has been used as a spiritual centre for decades and carries its amazing and peaceful energy


Single beds in a shared room of 4 or 2 or in a single room upon request.
Simple yet tidy and super cosy.
Toilets and bathrooms are shared.
BYO bedding and toiletries.


  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free


Usually light breakfast, muesli (including gluten free option upon request) with plant-based milk, fruit and tea
Bigger lunch which includes at least one plant source of protein, one source carbs and some fresh greens/ salad
Lighter dinner, usually soup, gluten free bread and dips


Flight to Wellington from anywhere in Australasia, then one hour train/ bus to Otaki.
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Tags: heart awakening meditation mysticism nonduality self-enquiry self-knowledge silence spiritual retreat wellness yoga

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I am an oncology nurse and a few long time patients have died recently. I need to rejuvenate and return to my breath! Elizabeth

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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