“Be Still & Know – Practice of Silence and Discernment”

Silent Retreat with Swami Sankarananda

at Milldale Farm Center for Wellness

1461 Bloodbrook Rd., Fairlee, VT 05045

August 9-11, 2019

This silent retreat is open to all sincere truth seekers as

a donation-based opportunity. Sacred space is provided and maintained, all participants are asked to observe & respect silence within scheduled times and remain at Milldale Farm Center for Wellness during the full extent of the retreat.

Retreat Overview

Deepen your experience of life through silence, meditation, chanting,

yoga asana and the teachings of the great Yogis. Swami Sankarananda will guide us through the majority of the retreat, sharing wisdom to inspire transcendence from living in fear, to living in peace & harmony.

To learn more about Swamiji, visit http://www.fromfear2peace.org/

To learn more about Milldale Farm Center for Wellness, visit http://milldalefarmwellness.com/

Main Gathering Places

All scheduled events will take place at the retreat on the campus of Milldale Farm Center for Wellness

If the weather is accommodating we will have a peace walk on Sunday, also participants are encouraged to be outdoors during personal time.

Meals

Simple, vegetarian meals will be provided. Brunch & dinner are the scheduled gathering times for eating. Tea and light snacks will be available throughout the day. Meals will be served at Freedom Farm House 1281 Bloodbrook Rd. Fairlee, VT 05045 on the campus of Milldale Farm.

Accommodations located at 1281 Bloodbrook Rd, Fairlee, VT 05045 on campus of Milldale Farm. Camping , RV site (no hook ups ) and Farm house are located at this address. The facility has outdoor showers and toilet for tent and RV campers.

Tent and RV accommodations with meals are included in the retreat, and are offered on a donation-only basis as well as the retreat. Indoor accommodations at the Freedom Farm House on the campus of Milldale Farm are limited and available on a fixed fee basis. Please enquire directly with Milldale Farm Center for Wellness for these details. Accommodations can be booked through email with Rama at Milldalefarmwellness@gmail.com

Pre- Registration is necessary for this event to reserve space. You can register with Milldalefarmwellness@gmail.com

Seva
As part of deepening our yogic awareness and practices, opportunities for seva (self-less service) will be available throughout the weekend. We will discuss the various opportunities on Friday night and ask for volunteers. Sharing seva together is an essential aspect of the retreat weekend.

Spiritual Counseling

On Day 2 of the retreat, Swami will offer counseling sessions for those interested. Please sign-up on Spiritual Counseling Sheet provided. If not interested, or when your appointment is finished, feel free to select any of the offered reading material and take up a comfortable location, or to walk silently in the area, or perhaps to journal or to reflect on experiences thus far.

What to Bring:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap and other personal toiletries
  • Wash cloth and Towel
  • Tent, Sheets, pillow, blanket and/or sleeping bag for camping style accommodations.
  • Your own personal water bottle.  In reverence to our Mother Earth, we will do our best to avoid disposable dishware. We wish this minimalist concept to invite you deeper into simple, yogic lifestyle.
  • Change of clothes
    • Loose, breathable clothing for yoga classes are recommended
  • Walking shoes for Sunday Peace Walk
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, any necessities for long outdoor time
  • Yoga mat
  • Meditation cushion/ floor chair
  • Any medications you are taking
  • Smiles

General Guidelines

Silence is to be maintained during most portions of the retreat, except for chanting and discussion with the teacher.

If anyone does not feel well or needs to discuss anything, they should let Swami know.

All communication devices (phones, computers, etc) are to be deposited at the beginning of retreat. They will be kept away from the main gathering spaces.

Please let someone back home know that you are going to be in retreat. If need be, they may contact Rama at 802-299-1467 or via email Milldalefarmwellness@gmail.com . We strongly recommend that you detach from your device for the weekend.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, August 9 (Optional Bonus Day – in Silence)

3PM   Arrival Check-In at Freedom Farm House

Those housing indoors: meet with Rama to find an

appropriate space for your belongings at Freedom Farm House 1281 Bloodbrook Rd., Fairlee, VT 05045

Those camping or with RV meet with Rama at the Freedom Farm House 1281 BloodBrook Rd Fairlee VT 05045 to be directed to site and facility locations.

6:00PM Dinner

7:00PM Opening Prayer, Introductions, Retreat Overview

7:30PM Satsang (silence begins) at Milldale Farm Center for Wellness (walking distance from Freedom Farm House and tent sites.)

  • Silent Meditation
  • Chanting
  • Dharma Talk: Silence

10:00PM Lights Out

Saturday, August 10

5:30AM Wake up bell

6:15AM Satsang

  • Silent Meditation
  • Chanting
  • Dharma Talk: Power of Discernment

8:15AM Break

8:30AM Yoga Asana / Pranayama Class at Milldale Farm Center for Wellness

10:30AM Brunch at Freedom Farm House

11:30AM Tea & Vedanta #1 – Theory and Practice of Self Inquiry – Discernment

12:30PM Individual Sadhana

  • Spiritual Counseling with Swamiji
  • Practice on your own (rest, meditate, journal..) at Milldale Farm Center for Wellness
  • Seva

4:30-6PM Gentle Yoga Class at Milldale Farm Center for Wellness

6:00PM Dinner

7:00PM Peace Chanting

7:30PM Satsang at Milldale Farm Center

  • Silent Meditation
  • Chanting
  • Dharma Talk: Sadhana

10PM  Lights Out

Sunday, August 11

5:30AM Wake up bell

6:15AM Satsang

  • Silent Meditation
  • Chanting
  • Dharma Talk: Steps Towards Inner Peace

8:15AM Break

8:30AM         Yoga Asana / Pranayama Class

10:30AM Brunch at Freedom Farm House

11:30AM      Tea and Vedanta Workshop #2

12:30PM Peace Walk on campus

3:00PM Closing Discussions, Prayers and Arati – Practice of Silence Ends

  • Share your insights & experiences of the weekend!

5:00PM Program Ends