3 Day Silent Retreat October

3 Days of Silent Meditation
In A Stunning Natural Environment…

Have you ever wondered what it would be like attend a multi-day meditation retreat?
Here’s the perfect opportunity….

6:00pm Friday October 2 –
1pm Sunday October 4

Private Rooms with Bathroom
(can be shared with someone from the same household)
or On-Site Camping Available

at the beautiful outdoor environment of
Ghost Ranch, Abiqui, NM
drive time from Albuquerque = 2 hrs.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be a NM resident currently living here
to attend without a 2 week quarantine.

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Multi-day silent meditation retreats can feel daunting, but most people find the shorter ones – like this – are surprisingly doable….and incredibly relaxing, shifting, inspiring, eye-opening, and softening.

And in this time of covid19, it can seem like a retreat is something that we just can’t be doing right now.

But we can…and we probably should.

With the incredibly gracious support of our location – Ghost Ranch – we have designed a retreat experience within which we can keep ourselves safe, away from close contact with others, out of shared breathing spaces with a group, out in nature and open air, AND deeply immersed in meditative experience.

Here’s what it will look like:

1. Every participant will either need to have their own room, share a room with a person with which they share a household, OR have a camp site reserved on the grounds of Ghost Ranch that maintains the same standards (either solo campers or camping with someone with whom you share a household.)

2. Our group meditation sessions will actually be conducted outdoors – in the spectacular natural environment of Ghost Ranch, or in your individual room should you need to take a break from nature. During the hours of meditation (see below for complete daily schedule), each of us will either join the group in a HUGE outdoor environment with breathtaking views, or you can stay in or near your room and meditate there. Or you can visit the outdoor labyrinth for silent walking meditation. Or anywhere else you choose on the 23,000 acre property.

3. During the meditation sessions, the retreat host – Michelle DuVal – will be hosting the group sessions “under the trees in the meadow” as well as making the rounds to all the various rooms and to the labyrinth, to check in on you and to give you the sense that you’re a part of something, even if you’ve chosen to stay by your room for meditation.

4. Because this is a silent retreat, the only difference to this experience will be where you’re physically sitting or lying down in meditation – instead of us being together in one room, we will be together outdoors at the Ranch, which is one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been.

5. As Ghost Ranch has an outdoor labyrinth in another beautiful part of the property for walking meditation, we encourage you to use this feature.

6. As Ghost Ranch is also one of the most beautiful places in the world – no joke if you’ve never been there – participants are also welcome to explore the natural environment outside their rooms at any time throughout the day. Easy walks, hiking, rock sitting, and sky gazing out in this huge spaciousness of this natural environment will provide the backdrop for our retreat, instead of an enclosed group room. You are also welcome to find a spot for meditation, perhaps on a blanket and cushion under a tree, and Michelle can drop by and “visit” you there during the hours of meditation.

7. In addition to hosting the retreat, Michelle will also be helping to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene throughout the weekend. Additional hand sanitizer and masks will be provided for all retreat participants.

8. The Dining Hall – which is where we will be having our breakfast, lunch and dinner as part of the retreat, is huge, with plenty of space for all of us to sit with more than six feet between us. It will also be encouraged for people to take their meals outside (which is what 100% of people did on the first retreat), or you can bring your meal back to your room as well.

9. All participants are required to wear masks when in communal settings such as the dining hall and walking to and from your room when it brings you into possible proximity with others.

10. An easy, silent, guided hike has been booked for everyone on Saturday Oct. 3 during your meditation break from 1-3pm should you choose to join. Social distancing during the hike will be enforced.

We feel very confident that within this new structure, we will still be able to provide a true meditative experience in the world class setting of Ghost Ranch, where we can focus on rest, self-care, quiet, yoga, nature, and of course, meditation AND remain safe and healthy as we do so.

From Michelle DuVal, MA, Director of The Mindful Center and this retreat leader:

“I took a group of 22 people up on retreat to Ghost Ranch August 14-16. It was such an exquisite experience, I immediately booked this October date. It felt totally safe, we were all spread out but I was able to provide structure as well. And to just steep like this, out in nature, meditating, walking, resting, stretching, exploring….it was one of the most beautiful and nourishing experiences of my life….and the response from participants has been the same. This is exactly what we should be doing right now.”

The meditation sessions are longer (see daily schedule below), but participants can take breaks for themselves whenever they need.

There will be no formal instruction as part of this retreat, so participants should have some meditation experience. Light guidance from retreat host Michelle DuVal will be provided at different times throughout the retreat, so everyone feels supported in their practice. But please note that this is considered to be a silent retreat, so guidance will be light, and there will be no talking throughout the day’s meditation sessions. There will be opportunity to share experience and connect with others in the group in the early evening on Saturday, and then once more on Sunday before we break the silence and head to our final lunch. During the 2 hour free time during the day on Saturday (see schedule below), Michelle has booked an easy guided hike for anyone who wishes to join – or else you can do whatever you please with this time – take a nap, go explore the incredible natural environment that is Ghost Ranch, read a book….whatever you choose.

The daily schedule will be as follows:

Friday:

  • 5:00 – 6:00: Dinner
  • 6:00 – 6:30 Orientation
  • 7 – sunset: Evening meditation

Saturday:

  • 6:30 – 7:30am: Early Morning Meditation Session
  • 7:30-8:30am – Breakfast
  • 9 – Noon – Morning Meditation Session
  • Noon – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1-3:00: Free time/ rest/ easy guided hike/ explore
  • 3 – 5:00: Afternoon Meditation
  • 5:00 – 6:00: Dinner
  • 6:00 – 6:30: Rest/ Free time
  • 6:30 – 7:15pm: Outdoor discussion and connection with your group
  • 7:15 – sunset Evening Meditation

Sunday:

  • 6:30-7:30am: Early Morning Meditation
  • 7:30-8:30am – Breakfast
  • 9 – 11:45 – Morning Meditation
  • 11:45 – Noon – End of Silence Ceremony
  • Noon – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm Departure

What’s Included:

All meals and lodging are included…the rooms are rustic but comfortable.  The meals veer toward simple and healthy.
All rooms have two beds, either two doubles, or a double and a queen.  You are welcome to share a room, but due to covid19, it needs to be someone with whom you share a household with.  1 spot in the meditation group is included with your reservation.  If you are sharing a room with someone from your household, they will need to purchase the “retreat only” option.  In order to secure the safety and health of all our retreat participants, anyone traveling with you to this retreat needs to be a part of the retreat as well.

 

If you are camping, you need to register using the Retreat Only option, and then you must call Ghost Ranch at 505-685-1000 to book your campsite.

 

Cost for retreat (which includes lodging and all meals): $679
Cost for retreat only (use this option if you wish to camp (call Ghost ranch directly to book your campsite: (505) 685-1000) or if you are sharing a room with someone else from the retreat (must share the same household); this option includes all meals and access to all retreat activities): $279

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the retreat leader Michelle DuVal, at michelle@themindfulcenter.com

Cost:

$679 for retreat, includes food, lodging, snacks, and all retreat activities

$279 for retreat without lodging, includes food and all retreat activities.  Use this option if you are sharing a room or are camping (You must book your campsite directly with Ghost ranch (505) 685-1000).