1 or 5 day silent meditation retreat
Led by trained teachers
1 day retreat: $120 including vegetarian lunch
5 day retreats: Registration/administration $50
plus Donation/Koha for retreat including accommodation and meals
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About Silent Insight Awareness Meditation – Naturally and Simply Observe
Silent Insight Awareness Meditation is a simple, practical and profound practice that encourages us to become the impartial observer of one’s self.
This means not trying to stop thoughts and sensations but rather to observe these thoughts and sensations without interpretations – in other words, without judgements. We learn to simply to observe what is happening whether it is good or bad, comfortable or uncomfortable, without putting a meaning on it, without imposing a goal or outcome on it.
These retreats are an opportunity wherein the meditator has the space and freedom to allow all his or her feelings and patterns and thoughts to arise and be as they are.
This is what it means to harmonise the physical, emotional, mental in and with the spiritual. Nothing is left out.
“If a person wishes to understand spiritual practice, Silent Insight Awareness Meditation is an excellent prerequisite to understand and relax the body and the mind so that Spiritual Practice can commence” – Master Yanchiji
Awaken the Teacher “inside”
Meditators will be reminded of this important aspect throughout the retreat. The retreat is to awaken the teacher “inside”. It is to awaken one’s unconditioned intelligence. It is to awaken and feel one’s total humanity. Total humanity meaning one’s warts and all, and to be in peace with every aspect of Self.
Open to All – No Religion or Dogma
These retreats are open to all. The meditation is not based on any religion or dogma. The retreats are suitable for people who have not meditated before as well as for experienced meditators. All Silent Insight Awareness Meditation retreats have a registration/administrative cost of $50 plus donation/koha for the retreat and all accommodation and meals.
Tushita Hermitage Ashram and Master Yanchiji
Master Yanchiji has come to know who he is through his own ordeal of moving beyond mere body/mind identity. He has also been able to reveal the Heart’s True Self to others, in response to the existential question “who are we?”
Over the years he has uncompromisingly examined his own egoic human condition to reveal the mistaken premise that we must keep searching to find peace and Truth. When he understood that Truth and peace were already the case, who we are as the Heart, his searching was finished and he came to rest as the Heart. From this standpoint, he realised that the search was a waste, an illusion motivated by ego.
From this practical human spiritual realisation he was able to help, initiate and guide any human who genuinely wished for the revelation of their own Heart’s Truth, through themselves.
Over the years he has built (energetically and physically) a Sanctuary called the Tushita Hermitage Ashram, where the teaching of this principle is at the Heart of his instruction. There have been many students who have benefited greatly through his Mastery, and, many keep coming back for more.
At some point Master Yanchiji saw that many people simply wanted to ease their own anxiety and stress within the conditions of their daily life rather than practice their Spiritual identity. He also knew that before one could begin to “hear” or become “open” to the awakening of one’s Spiritual Identity (Spiritual Practice) one must do preparatory meditation in order to still the mind.
He has therefore decided to establish Insight Awareness Meditation(IAM), which will be helpful and attainable for lay people. This is for the purpose of establishing daily clarity of mind, also to serve as a preparation for those who wish to enter further advanced study with Master Yanchiji.
Insight Awareness Meditation is not asking you to stop all thoughts nor is it about trying to find answers to problems in your mind. Insight Awareness Meditation is the most natural means of understanding the mind and beginning to discipline it of its constant wandering into trouble.
Yanchiji has stated clearly that meditation is not a practice exclusive to him or Tushita Hermitage Ashram but a universal practice. However, the form and structure of the Insight Awareness Meditation Silent Retreat is a unique Gift given through Master Yanchiji to help laypeople better understand meditation, its real purpose and daily benefits.
Retreat Details and Bookings
1 day retreat: 9.00AM – 4.00PM
5 day retreat start time: 3.00 PM
5 day retreat finish Time: 2.00PM
Location and transport: See below
Price: 1 day retreat: $120
Price: 5 day retreat: $50 registration/administration plus Donation/koha for retreat
Accommodation: Generally your accommodation will be with 1 or 2 other people
Meals: Simple vegetarian meals are included.
How to Book: Select the button below for the dates you wish to book for.
Questions: Complete the Contact Form here.
Getting There and Transport
The Tushita Hermitage is located at 1334 Oruru Road, Peria Valley in Northland
You can reach the Tushita Hermitage by car.
Please use the following directions rather than GPS or google maps. From state highway 1, take highway 10 towards Kerikeri. Stay on this highway, going through Kaeo, Mangonui, and at Taipa, turn left onto Oruru Road, immediately after crossing the Taipa Bridge. 1334 Oruru Road is on the right hand side, just over a kilometre from the Bush Fairy Dairy).
Off street car-parking is provided.
The nearest airport to Tushita Hermitage is Kerikeri. Air New Zealand provides regular flights to and from Kerikeri via Auckland. Pick up and drop off can be arranged from Kerikeri airport to Tushita Hermitage for $25 per person each way.
If people are arriving on flights within approximately two hours of each other, we will co-ordinate one pickup.
Alternatively – if you arrive at Kerikeri airport in the morning – another option is to take the shuttle into Kerkeri($12), and then take the 12.35pm Intercity bus from there to Taipa.
Intercity provides transport from most NZ centres to Taipa. Taipa is about 20 minutes drive from Tushita Hermitage. Free pick up and drop off can be arranged from Taipa to Tushita Hermitage.
Pick up and drop-off
If you require pick up and/or drop off from Taipa or Kerikeri , please contact us at least 1 week before your course or retreat starts so it can be arranged. You can contact us here.