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Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about "What is a Meditation Retreat, Silent, Spiritual, or Mindfulness Retreats?"
What is a "Meditation Retreat"?
As the name says, the purpose of meditation retreats is to practice meditation. It is helpful, to build a meditation habit, and to become calm, to listen to the inner voice, which is also called intuition. You can organize your own retreat, or book a professionally organized one. If participating in an organized meditation retreat, you neither have to take care of preparing your food, room service, nor laundry. Those retreat offers vary from basic to luxury. But mindfully preparing your own food, cleaning, or washing can be also a meditative act. In any case, you will spend a long time during the day meditating. Meditation retreats are usually held in remote locations, where you have no or limited internet access, to keep away from the noise of messaging services, news, and social media.
What is a "Silent Retreat"?
During a silent retreat, you do not talk, most time of the day. Meditations are usually an optional part of the program. The silence makes it easy to calm down. And due to that, one starts hearing the inner voice earlier and clearer.
Where is the "Bali Silent Retreat" located?
The "Bali Silent Retreat" is located in Penebel, north of Tabanan, near to the mountain and temple Batu Karu.
What are the major benefits of the "Bali Silent Retreat"?
This blog article describes a very personal experience of my 30-days Bali Silent Meditation Retreat Challenge.
What is a "Spiritual Retreat"?
During a spiritual retreat, you will have a personal Guru (teacher) who guides you to get more awareness. The intention is to come to a higher level of consciousness, or even to experience enlightenment. But there is probably no guru, who can guarantee enlightenment.
There are a lot of spiritual events, but those are usually organized by an organization on an orange, green, or in the best case, yellow spiral dynamics level. The orange ones are focused on success, (especially the financial success of the initiator). The green ones are focusing on saving the world, but are very dogmatic. The orange ones are opening the mind to understand the psychology of all the levels below. On the turquoise level, you usually have a personal guru, individually working with you tailored to your current level, to elevate your consciousness.
Where can I participate in a "Silent Meditation Retreat near me"?
As the list of worldwide Silent Meditation Retreat events may be found on these web pages:
What is "Silent meditation"?
Other than a guided meditation, during silent meditations, you focus on the breath to get fully in the here and now. By doing so, you may stop thinking, get into the here and now, and reach a higher awareness.
What is a "Mindfulness Retreat"?
Any of the retreats above may be considered as mindfulness retreats. Mindfulness means to be consciously present in the current moment. But the even more essential question is:
What is the purpose of mindfulness?
The goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment.
What is a retreat?
Retreat means, to withdraw yourself from the noise of the modern world and its distractions to eliminate the permanent disturbance of your mind. Because this noise makes you think about the past or the future, and for example being driven by stress, fear, or cheap pleasure. During a retreat, the mind calms down, to get present in the here and now, and intuition replaces the (dirty) thoughts.