Registration for our Spring 2019 Silent Retreat Cultivating Wisdom and Compassion: It’s an Inside Job opens soon! Watch your mail box for more details.
A silent retreat is a time for you to explore a deeper relationship with yourself away from your daily life. We spend a great deal of energy interacting with and caring for other people on a daily basis. When we go into silence we reserve our energy for our own meditation, reflection and care - our own inner work. It is helpful to practice silence in a retreat setting where you are surrounded by others participating in the practice and supported by experienced and compassionate teachers. Participating in a silent retreat can be a rewarding and humbling step on your path of mindfulness practice - it is invaluable time for deep inner work.
frequently asked questions
What should I expect being in ‘silence’? In silence we practice staying in our own experience. We do not speak to the other participants or teachers (outside of designated small group meetings with a teacher). Participants are asked to silence any devices they may have brought and are asked not to take phone calls while on retreat. If a participant has a question there will be a designated space to write and post questions for the retreat manager and/or teachers. Some retreatants choose to extend their ‘silence’ to mean not engaging in any contact with another person (including eye contact or other social ‘pleasantries’). If you feel this is too impersonal you may attempt to make eye contact with another participant in a compassionate manner but remember that their reaction isn’t personal to you in any way. We also encourage you to leave your books at home. While reading is an enriching experience it often takes us out of the present moment and triggers a lot of thinking and internal dialogue. Our hope for you this weekend is to quiet the thinking a bit so feel free to bring a journal to document your experience but save the reading materials for home.
What should I bring on retreat?
Comfortable clothes (dress in layers - some retreat rooms may be chilly, some warm)
Fragrance free toiletries
Curiosity and compassion
Can I get financial assistance to attend a Chrysalis Institute retreat?
- Financial scholarships are available to people of color, young adults and others in financial need. We believe that everyone’s stories and experiences should be integrated into our work. We especially want to support people who are from communities that are often pushed to the margins. Please email our Executive Director Rachel Douglas email@example.com with your request. Shared rooms are available to those requiring financial assistance.
- Expenses for retreats are increasing, while personal incomes often are not. This means that some people who want to come to a Chrysalis Institute retreat cannot afford the full cost. It is our intention, when possible, not to turn anyone away for financial reasons.
- If you would like to make a donation to the Chrysalis Institute Scholarship Fund in order to assist those in need, you will have the opportunity to do so when you register. Contributions are tax deductible; we will provide you with a statement of your contribution upon request.
What is your refund policy?
If your plans change and you are unable to attend the retreat, please notify us as soon as possible as there may be people on a waiting list. Refunds requests for our Spring silent retreat (March 2019) will be honored if received before January 15th, 2019. We are unable to offer refunds after 1/15/19 due to fees that we must pay in advance to the retreat center. There will be no refund if you decide to leave the retreat early.
Is now the right time for me to attend a silent retreat?
Please note: If you are in the midst of a life trauma, emotional upheaval or instability that might require individual support beyond scheduled meetings with teachers, the retreat format may not be a good match at this time. If you are currently seeing a therapist, please discuss with him/her whether a retreat would be of benefit. Should you have any questions about this, please contact our retreat manager Sherry Klauer firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I need to know about Roslyn Retreat Center?
We have chosen the picturesque Roslyn Retreat Center for our Spring silent retreat. Located on the James River here in RVA, Roslyn offers single and double rooms, spacious gathering halls, freshly prepared meals to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs and 150 acres of outdoor space with plenty of quiet places to sneak away for some fresh air and sunshine during your stay.
What if I have additional questions?
We have secured a retreat manager to ensure that you get the most out of your retreat experience. Should you have any questions or concerns before, during or after retreat please don’t hesitate to contact our Retreat Manager, Sherry Klauer email@example.com.