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

Summer Season 2017, Europe and Mexico

Mexico Retreat

10 Day Retreat
24th May – 2nd June, 2017
Agua Blanca, Mexico

*partial participation is possible. For more information click here

Hofgut-Rineck

7 / 21 Day Retreats
6th – 12th July
6th – 26th July
Hofgut Rineck, Germany

*partial participation is possible. For more information click here

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

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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

July 6th – 12th, 7 days

July 12th – July 26th, 14 days

Arrival at the Seminar Center

1. Retreat 6th – 12th July
Registration for the first retreat (6th – 12th July) will begin at 13:00 p.m. on the 6th of July, so please try to arrive by 12:00 a.m. on the 6th at the latest. The retreat will end on the morning of the 12th of July after breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

In order to guarantee a silent transition into the second retreat, those who only stay for the first retreat are kindly requested to leave the center by 11:00 a.m. (at the latest) in silence.

2. Retreat  12th  – 26th July  
Registration for the second retreat (12th – 26th July ) will start at 13:00 p.m. on the 12th of July, so please try to arrive by 12:00 p.m. on the 12th at the latest. Since many students will participate in both retreats, those who only join the second retreat are kindly requested to be as silent as possible when they arrive on the 12th of July to the seminar center. To aid our administration, we would highly appreciate it if you can avoid arriving earlier or later than the timeframe of  8:00am-12:30pm . The retreat will end on the morning of the 26th of July after breakfast (most likely at 9:00 a.m.).

Address:

The retreat will take place in Hofgut Rineck center.

Hofgut Rineck Gmbh
Zentrum: Hofgut Rineck,
74834 Elztal-Muckental
Tel: 0049(0)6267-231
Fax: 0049(0)6267-928111
info@hofgut-rineck.de
www.hofgut-rineck.de

Staying at Hofgut Rineck Before and After the Retreat

You may arrive on the 4th of July to the center at the earliest, and we are kindly requested to leave the center on the day the retreat ends (26th of July), after breakfast. Since other groups have booked the center prior to and after our retreats, it is unfortunately not possible to extend your pre or after retreat stay. Since not all roms are available before the 5th of July there is also an option to book accomodation in Landgasthof Hotel Limbacher Hof near by the centre.

The centre has kindly requested that we arrive/depart only between the hours of 8am and 8pm.

The cost of staying at Hofgut Rineck before the retreat is between 55-63 EUR per night (including food). Depending on the final number of early arrivals, it might be possible to book accommodations on a room-only basis, which would be 20 EUR less, or to request fewer meals (for instance, breakfast only) which would also incur a discounted rate. Please e-mail the center directly to make inquiries or bookings, and CC us in the correspondence. Payment for additional nights will be made to us during registration, rather than to the center itself.

If you wish to stay at the center and self-cater, the nearest village, which has some small grocery stores, is a 5 minute drive away. It is possible to borrow a bicycle from the center to get there. There is a small kitchen available at the center where you can prepare simple meals.

Accommodation at Hofgut Rineck

The accommodations at the center are in a tent or single or double room. Both room options are comfortable and simple, but of a high quality. While we will do our best, we cannot guarantee single rooms. You may also sleep in a tent. Those choosing this option will need to bring their own tents and beddings, as this is not provided by the retreat center. A shared bathroom and shower will also be provided, as well as very simple rooms in the case of rain or for day use.

Travel to and from the Retreat

The closest airports are Frankfurt International Airport and Stuttgart Airport.

The best option is to travel by train from the airport to the nearby village of Dallau. The travel time by train from Frankfurt Airport to Dallau is approximately 2 hours. From Stuttgart Airport it is approximately 2.5 hours.

From Dallau you can then take a taxi to Hofgut Rineck. The cost of a taxi is approximately 25 euros. You can organize it through the following links:
www.taxi-herrmann.net
Tel.: +49(0)6261-971111

You can also organize a pickup service with the center directly, at the cost of approximately 10 euros per person. Please write to info@hofgut-rineck.de

Unfortunately, there are currently no direct public transport links to the center. The best option via public transport is to go from Dallau by bus to Muckental center (the station is called “Lamm”). However, one would then have to walk from Muckental to the centre, which is an additional 1.5 km.

Train Bookings, Timetables and Information:

https://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

Please note when booking flights that the trains running from Frankfurt to Dallau are only available between 6 am and 11 pm (every hour). From Stuttgart to Dallau they run between 5 am and 8 pm. Outside these times, trains are either unavailable or take a very long time to reach Dallau.

It is also possible to purchase your ticket directly at the train station. However, if you book in advance online and you are able to commit to a certain train, you can get a much cheaper fare. 

Please notice that Frankfurt Airport train station is called Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (appears as Frankfurt(Main)Hbf). 

Bus Timetable and Information:

http://www.efa-bw.de

Start point – Dallau, Destination – Muckental Lamm

What to Bring:

We recommend that you bring the following items to the retreat:

  • Since we provide only sitting cushions, please bring a mat/cushion for your feet if you plan to sit in a chair and require one
  • Flash light
  • Toiletries (the resort provides soap)
  • Laundry powder or soap
  • Sun protection items – hat, sun cream
  • Shawl and warm clothes (for evenings)
  • Meditation cushion
  • White clothes for the hall (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)
  • Yoga mat
  • Sport shoes
  • Home Gym strips for exercise
  • Mosquito cream
  • Water bottle (for refilling in the resort’s water stations)
  • Watch
  • Vitamin C/Multivitamins
  • Ear plugs

 

Kindly note that the center is located in an isolated area, so no shopping will be possible during the retreat except in cases of emergency.

Cost of the Retreat

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

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