An intensive silence retreat at the foot of holy mountain Arunachala. For three weeks all attention is directed inward – back towards its source. Experience and enjoy the presence of the living Master in daily Satsang in a quiet blossoming ashram.
Honestly: Have you ever done nothing for entire three weeks, really nothing? The serene beauty of Arunachala, the holy mountain in South India, is the place for this adventurous dive into oneself. The deep silence of the famous sage Ramana Maharshi who lived there is still present today.
Nothing is more rejuvenating than the mind emptying itself day by day. The entire body revives by catching its breath again during Yoga at sunrise and thanks to a healing vegetarian-Ayurvedic diet. Arising questions can be clarified with Madhukar during Satsang. While fading thoughts clear the space again for the beauty surrounding you, the Master is guiding you deeper and deeper into silence – a revelation unfolds!
The pilgrimage around the sacred mountain during full moon (Pradakshina), a wonderful walk to the golden pond and sitting in Ramana Maharshi’s living room are additional highlights to deepen the silence within you.
According to tradition, clothing colors are orange and white. As it can get quite hot during this time of the year, light apparel in these colors is a must-have for every participant.
Each participant agrees to shut down mobiles, cut off emails, put crime fiction aside, and to stop talking by taking a strict vow of silence. It’s amazing, in fact, what this does with you – at the foot of this silent mountain, within the ashram garden, a paradise full of exotic flowers, birds and butterflies. Everyday needs simplify quickly to a minimum.
Soon you will realize that you benefit from those regulations – after all you are not on an ordinary vacation. Hence you will immerse into utter silence truly beyond imagination. Uncover a mystery! Discover your mystery! Become one with yourself and the world – Boundless joy! Blissful happiness!
The planned morning yoga (optional) is at no charge!
In case of registration and payment of the entire retreat price until October 30, 2017, the retreat price is reduced by 50 € to 1.640 €.
Latest registration for guaranteed participation is December 1, 2017.
Registration is secured with a deposit of 400 €.
The retreat starts on February 4, 2018, at 1 pm with driving together by bus or rickshaws to the Suddhananda Ashram.Meeting point is in Tiruvannamalai at the entrance of the Seshadri Ashram (several minutes distance from the Ramana Ashram).
The starting times of Satsang will be announced daily. Participation is mandatory.
The retreat ends on February 24, 2018 after having lunch together at 2 pm.
Retreat languages are English and German; translation into Russian is provided.
Price for Retreat 1690€
Price for Students 490€
Price for accommodation at Suddhananda Ashram with vegetarian full board.
(To be paid at arrival in €, $ or INR directly to the ashram office. The ashram accepts cash payment only)
Per person / per night
Single bungalow ca. 1.925 INR (ca. 28 €) – only 2 available
Single room big ca. 1.850 INR (ca. 27 €) – only 5 available
Double bungalow ca. 1.300 INR (ca. 19 €)
Single room ca. 1.050 INR (ca. 15 €)
Dormitory ca. 850 INR (ca. 13 €)
Euro prices as of June 2017
Room booking through the organizers, see Contact Information.
While residing in the ashram the following rules apply: Consumption of alcohol, tobacco and drugs is strictly forbidden, no lying around outside the private rooms, no breaking of the 24h curfew. Women dress in Indian style, covering knees, shoulders and décolleté.
38 Girivalam Road
Tiruvannamalai is located in the federal state of Tamil Nadu, South India. The nearest airports are Chennai (Madras) and Bangalore. It takes about 3 hrs. and 3000 INR/45 € to get to Tiruvannamalai by taxi from Chennai; from Bangalore it’s about 6 hrs. and 4600 INR/67 €. It’s also possible to travel to Tiruvannamalai by much cheaper local buses. In Tiruvannamalai ask for the Ramana Ashram. Please provide the organizers with your flight details if you are looking for fellow travelers.
Advice: After the Enlighten Life retreat with Madhukar in Goa some participants travel to Tiruvannamalai. Perhaps you can join somebody!