shut it down. turn it on.
A 48-hour in-home, no-tech, no-talk retreat that will make you feel so good!
relax, move, meditate, eat, listen, enjoy, fun, peace, ease, ahhhhh
When: Friday, March 12, 5pm ET – Sunday, March 14, 5pm ET, with optional dinner and integration session from 5-7pm.
*See FAQ for other time zones.
Suggested Donation is $72 – $360
This retreat is all about YOU getting what YOU need.
You get to participate in everything OR you can choose to adapt depending on your needs.
Prior to the retreat, you’ll receive a:
- Grocery shopping list, if you choose to follow the vegan/gluten free meal plan.
- A couple of items to purchase for the movement practices
- A list of recommended books from which to choose one
DONATION FORM HERE – NEEDS SETUP ON RY.COM
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)
Who can sign up?
Everyone is welcome! No matter what your experience is with meditation and movement, you will do great with this all-levels retreat.
What if I’ve never meditated?
This retreat is perfect for all skill levels. Just deciding to sit down and spend time with yourself will do you good! There will be beginner meditation instructions as well.
What if I have a lot of experience meditating?
You will love this retreat because there will be a lot of time and space for self direction. You’ll get a review of what you already know. You’ll get new pearls to support your practice.
Why is it donation (Dana) based?
Dana is a practice of voluntary contribution to teachers of retreats for their time, energy, and support, instead of the payment of a fixed fee. It’s about reaching as many people as possible and spreading the value of being still and quiet.
What if I live with other people who will talk to me?
You have a couple of options:
- Tell the people you live with that you’re going to be silent and not to talk to you. If they must, you can respond in writing.
- Look at the schedule of sessions and make a decision about when you will allow them to talk to you.
What if I have a baby/children who need me?
You will only be able to do this retreat if there is another adult who can care for the child/ren, at least part of the time. If you can get someone else to cover your children for part of the time, you can pick and choose which sessions you’d like to attend.
How do I handle taking care of my dog/cat?
You can decide whether you want to talk to your dog/cat or not. In the spirit of a silent retreat, keep your talking to a bare minimum, if any. You can walk your dog before the 7am meditation, during personal time, and/or during the scheduled walk time in the afternoon.
Why are you suggesting we be vegan and gluten free?
Ahimsa, non-violence, is the first guideline of Yoga. Spending 48 hours, eating a plant based diet can help you become more mindful about compassion for all beings. The gluten-free aspect is simply because I (Rachel) don’t eat gluten as it’s a major source of inflammation for me and many other people.
The menu is optional since you’re doing all of your own meal preparation.
What if I can’t attend all the sessions?
That’s ok. Pick and choose which sessions you can attend and make those a priority for your wellness. You can sign on and off zoom whenever you want.
I’m a little afraid to do this. What might happen to me?
You might feel good! And that may be unfamiliar. Or, you might realize how out of balance your life is and begin to make changes so you are able to live a calm, peaceful, joyous life.
I’ve tried to mediate before and I suck at it.
It’s totally fine if you are a terrible meditator. Just sit down and be quiet. That’s it. If you do that, you will start to see changes in your life, for the better. You do not need to “clear your mind” or “stop thinking.”
I have so many aches and pains in my body. How should I handle that?
All of the movement practices will be very gentle and there will be variations depending on physical ability. You’re invited to sit in a variety of positions or in a chair for meditation. There will be instructions on how to create the most physical comfort.
Is it ok to do this if I take medications?
Yes. Please take your prescribed medications and allow the practices to support your wellness.
Why is this silent?
Because silence and stillness are basic human needs. The psychological benefits of experiencing silence—even when it makes us uncomfortable—can mean more purposeful living. Silence can increase self-awareness, self-compassion and improve decision-making skills with improved mental clarity. Use it to become more mindful and self-compassionate.
Silent retreats are usually 3-10 days without half of the stuff you’ve included. Why this structure?
I want to ease you into seeing that you can get so much out of even a small amount of time to yourself. You don’t need to run the marathon if you haven’t even gone for a jog yet.
I live in a time zone other than Eastern United States. Can I still participate?
You can easily participate if you are “behind” the East Coast. You can either wake earlier to start at 7am ET, or you can just join in when you are ready. This retreat is “do-what-you-can” style.
What will I get out of it?
You will get a lot of love. You will get a digital, nutritional, and emotional detox. You will start to wind down, connect with yourself, and gain some perspective on what you can do differently in your life to make yourself feel good.
Can I share this with others?
Yes! Please! Share this to everyone and anyone who has ever said something to you like, “I need to slow down” or “I don’t feel good” or “I’m so stressed out” or “I’m so busy.”
Ummm… I think that is everyone!