Introduction

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A retreat with Anadi is a sacred event, a precious time to devote all of our energy and intention towards our innermost self. The retreat is conducted in complete silence of speech and mind. Within a daily schedule of sitting meditation, Anadi gives regular talks and one-on-one guidance. Those who gather for these events, many of whom dedicate their whole life to the path, do so with an attitude of complete sincerity and dedication. If it is entered with humility and an honest wish to open to the real, it will provide one with all the support that one needs.

 

What is Retreat with Anadi?

Retreat with Anadi aims at the multidimensional awakening of all aspects of our existence. While entering a retreat means to complete dedicate oneself intensely to the inner work, so that all the energy of our being and consciousness is channeled into the task of awakening, on a deeper level retreat opens the doorway to the inner realm. To be in a retreat is to step into the domain of existence that exists beneath the world of appearances, a vast ocean of the light of creation, and to begin to learn how to live in that space as our natural and original home.

To truly attend the retreat one must enter with one’s very soul, with complete respect and devotion, surrendering to the sacred and leaving behind the dust of the personal self so that the magic of transformation can happen.

Structure of the Retreat

Our retreats are held in complete silence of both speech and mind. They are structured around 6-7 hours of sitting and walking meditation per day, which we do as a group. In addition, to support and bring clarity to students in their individual practice, some private one to one meetings with Anadi are also given.
There are fitness and yoga classes held every few days in order to keep the body energized and supple to balance and support the long hours of meditation.

Schedule of Retreats

Winter Season 2017 – 2018 India

India Retreat Schedule

10 Day Retreat
9th November- 19th November
40 Day Retreat
9th November- 19th December
Corbett Park, India
10 Day Retreat
9th January – 19th January
40 Day Retreat
9th January – 18th February, 2018
Corbett Park, India

*partial participation is possible. For more information click here

Summer Season 2018, Europe

Portugal Retreat

7 Days Fundamentals Retreat
4th – 10th May
Casa Karuna, Portugal

*partial participation is possible. For more information click here

Retreat Greece

21 Days Retreat
14th May – 4th June
Manthos Mountain Resort, Greece

*partial participation is possible. For more information click here

Hofgut-Rineck

7 / 21 Days Retreats
17th – 24th August Fundamentals Retreat
24th August – 6th September Main Retreat
Hofgut Rineck, Germany

*partial participation is possible. For more information click here

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The Importance of Attending Retreats

A True Engagement with this Teaching

Many students study this teaching without meeting Anadi or attending the retreats. Even though they can benefit from this to a certain extent, it should be clear that a direct meeting with Anadi is imperative to engage with this teaching in a real and truly constructive way. The spiritual dimension is simply too complex and too subtle to be grasped through concepts alone. Through meeting a true, living teacher, one receives direct guidance, personal clarification and above all, initiation (opening of the doorway) to I am, which is the very essence of the path.

Indeed, it is vital to understand that without being initiated into I am, without having true access to the inner realm, any effort or practice is essentially wasted. Our entry to and growing relationship with I am is the very essence of the spiritual path. This entry cannot be achieved through one’s own efforts, however fervent or sincere. It is a function of grace, and on this plane, almost always happens through transmission from a qualified spiritual guide.

Moreover, it is common for seekers to come across this teaching and develop false interpretations of its content and essence. In this way, one ends up following one’s relative understanding of the teaching, rather than the teaching itself. In particular, it is tempting to translate the teaching through the lens of the tradition or traditions that one has up to now been following. One adapts our various concepts to the framework that one is used to, rather than opening one’s mind to a new type of understanding. Additionally, one may have access to an awakened state, but lack the ability to embody it and relate to it properly, thus limiting one’s ability to expand further into the inner realm. It is common to get stagnated on the path, and the correct guidance is essential to prevent one from stopping at a partial and incomplete realization.

Again, one needs proper, personal guidance and the support of a teacher in order to avoid these common pitfalls. Moreover, considering the potential obstacles and difficulties to be faced, one also needs the energetic support of the retreat environment, as well as the opportunity for intense and dedicated practice that it provides, in order to open to the profound gifts that this teaching has to offer.
In our path, the first step is the awakening of consciousness. This is the true beginning of the path, as it enables one to step out of the realm of ignorance and unconsciousness and into the realm of I am. Consciousness has to be properly transmitted by the spiritual guide. It then needs to be skilfully cultivated and embodied though the correct practice. This practice needs to be fully comprehended, otherwise the awakened state can be easily lost. Furthermore, if one is trying to practice by oneself without the proper skill, there is always a danger of falling into the wrong state or damaging the delicate energetic balance of consciousness.

It is often said that the first step on the path is the hardest. One needs to be humble and recognise that in order to take these precious initial steps, one needs to open to the the proper help, support and inspiration.

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Preparatory Skype Meeting with Anadi

First-time participants are invited to schedule a Skype meeting with Anadi as preparation for the retreat. This meeting is highly important, as you will be receiving direct guidance and initiation into the proper practice. This will enable you to start your inner work prior to arriving to the retreat.

We advise that prior to your meeting, you will acquaint yourself with the basic elements of Anadi’s teaching including reading the relevant materials and listening to recommended recordings online.

In order to arrange a private Skype meeting with Anadi you can write to anadimeetings@gmail.com.

Preparatory Practice for the Retreat for First-Time Participants

We recommend that you prepare thoroughly for the upcoming retreat in the following ways:

Creating the foundation of meditation practice

Based on the practice given to you in your Skype meeting with Anadi, it is important to follow a daily routine of sitting meditation. You should preferably sit at least two hours a day, morning and evening, to prepare your body, mind and energy system for entering the space of the retreat and for long hours of sitting.

Practice prior to meeting Anadi

Because practicing with consciousness can easily be counterproductive, we do not recommend that you begin this practice prior to being properly initiated and guided through a private meeting with Anadi.

Until such a meeting is conducted, we recommend that in the time leading up to the retreat you will sit in meditation on a daily basis, following the principle of “shikantaza” – just being, or non-doing. In addition one should gently contemplate the nature of the mind while trying to separate one’s sense of ‘I’ from thoughts and to let go of those thoughts. A gentle work of surrendering into being and connecting to the heart can also be beneficial, as well as conscious breathing to the belly.

Study of the teaching

It is essential to arrive to the retreat with a sound overall understanding of the concepts used in the teaching. This will help you to properly follow the personal and general guidance given in the retreat, and thus to gain the maximum benefit for yourself out of this sacred event. Therefore we recommend reading the available materials and listening to the recordings online, particularly those in The Teaching and The Practice pages in our web site.

Physical preparation

As the structure of the retreat includes daily 6-7 hours of sitting meditation, it is important to prepare the body by learning how to sit with the correct posture, as well as doing exercise and basic stretching or yoga. On registration day there will be a session offering sitting posture advice, where you will be shown how to sit comfortably and properly.

Should you have important questions relating to the above, or to your preparatory practice, you may write to Anadi at anadimail@gmail.com for guidance and advice.

Practical Information for the Next Retreat

Winter 2017- 2018, Kaladunghi, India

 

November 9th – November 19th, 10 days

November 9th – December 19th, 40 days

Location

The retreats will take place in Kaladunghi, Camp Corbett, in Corbett National Park:

Address:

Camp Corbett,
Corbett Nagar,
Kaladhungi

Tel: +91 – 9917201316

email: campcorbett@yahoo.com

Travel

The nearest railway stations are Ramnagar and Haldwani. Both stations are around 30 minutes’ drive from the resort. You can book trains and find schedule information at: makemytrip.com and cleartrip.com

If you need assistance with train information/bookings please email to Mr. Joshi, our train travel agent, who can book the train ticket for you. You may pay for your purchased ticket later on, upon registration to the retreat. Mr. Joshi’s mail is joshi_dn@yahoo.com. Please mention that you are a student of Anadi.

From either railway station you can take a taxi to Camp Corbett. You may ask the taxi driver to phone Camp Corbett in order to get directions.

If you are due to arrive in either Ramanagar or Haldwani by train after dark, please be advised that it may not be possible to get a taxi from the train station to Camp Corbett. We therefore recommend that you book a taxi in advance through the taxi driver connected with Camp Corbett:

* Sidiki at +91-9412981382 or +91 8958 639 482

The taxi rates should be:

Haldwani:

Small car: 800 rs

Small car: 9 pm to 6 am – 900 rs

Big car: 1400 (same for all hours)

Ramnagar:

Small car: 1000 rs

Small car: 9 pm to 6 am – 1100 rs

Big car: 1500 (same for all hours)

The driver will wait for you outside the main entrance to the station carrying a sign with your name on it. If it is your first time in India, or you do not feel confident to make these arrangements, we would be happy to assist you. If so, please reply to this email.

As a general rule we would recommend that you try to arrive during the day, for this reason.

Arrival at the Retreat

Students are requested to arrive to the center any time on the 9th of November. Registration will be from 13:00-17:00, please arrive no later than 15:00.

The fee for the retreat includes the night of the 9th November.

If you wish to arrive to Camp Corbett prior to the 9.11.17, please write to Camp Corbett directly and CC us in that same mail, or inform us by writing us a separate mail.

As soon as you know your date and time of arrival, please let us know

 

What to Bring:

Camp Corbett is a nature reserve in the foothills of the Himalaya. It is quite cold at night and there is a lot of wildlife in the surrounding forest. Given this, here is a list of items to pack:

Necessary to bring:

  • 2 copies of your passport and visa to give to the local manager at registration.
  • Flash light
  • Warm clothes / jacket (night time and rainy weather can get cold)
  • White clothes for the hall, including a shawl (while we recommend that you wear white in the hall, it is not obligatory. However, any clothes worn should be plain and not have strong images or lettering on them)

Recommended to bring:

  • Vit C and multivitamines
  • Psylium Husk or digestive aids
  • Oil of Oregano or GSE (a natural remedy for healing and preventing stomach bugs, coughs and colds)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Ear plugs
  • Shoes for exercise
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat
  • Hot water bottle
  • Candles (there are occasionally short black outs at the camp)
  • Umbrella, rain coat, suitable shoes ( for rain )
  • Additional Bedding (Blankets are provided in the rooms, but those who are sensitive to cold weather are encouraged to bring their own additional bedding)
  • Combination Lock (in case you would like to store things between retreats)

There is a river flowing next to the retreat center. For those students who wish to bathe in the river, it is recommended to bring:

  • A bathing suit (for men)
  • In respect of local customs, women are required to bathe in a sarong or in light clothing.

Bedding, soap, laundry powder and toilet paper will be provided in the rooms. The center also provides meditation cushions, but it is recommended also to bring your own cushion.

Cost of the Retreat

Please email us with questions regarding rates and costs for the retreats.

If you have any questions regarding the above you are welcome to email us at anaditeaching@gmail.com