Silent Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Essential Stillness
Won Dharma Center, Claverack (NY)

A Silent Yoga and Meditation Retreat at the Won Dharma Center


This 4-day silent retreat at the Won Dharma Center offers a break from your noisy daily life and allows you to return to the essence of stillness.

Our lives are often busy, chaotic and loud. Our attention is pulled in many directions but inward. We have lost the ability to truly listen, both to others and to ourselves. We seem to have forgotten who we are, what we want, and what we really need.

To reestablish a connection with our authentic self, we need to pause. We need to learn to do less, so we can be more. The more present we are, the easier we can reconnect with the stillness that resides within. We only need to listen.

Join this silent retreat to find clarity of mind, softness of heart, and stillness within. Give yourself the gift to return to the essence of presence.

During this retreat Marije Paternotte will offer:

  • Mindfulness meditation practices;
  • an exploration of movement (Yang) and stillness (Yin), as well as breathing practices, to elicit a wholesome expression of Chi in the body, fostering vitality and overall well-being;
  • exercises to develop self-observation without judgment and foster inner stillness, through writing and conscious communication;
  • time to enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding the Won Dharma Center, and to simply rest.

Retreat location

Won Dharma Center

Conveniently located in a rural setting near New York City and Boston, the Won Dharma Center is set on 426 acres in Claverack in upstate New York, overlooking the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains. Surrounded by wooded foothills with a nearby brook, the retreat center is a serene natural setting for contemplation and renewal. A green community designed with sensitivity to nature and issues of Sustainable Design, the center consists of eco-friendly buildings designed to provide a tranquil and meditative atmosphere. The Won Dharma Center won the 2010 Design Award from Faith & Form / IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture.

Find more information about the Won Dharma Center here

Directions to the Won Dharma Center here

Retreat schedule

Friday April 17

3:00 pm onwards: check-in
6:00 pm: dinner
7:30 pm: Welcome session, Yin yoga and meditation
9:00 pm: End – Silence begins

Saturday April 18

7:30 am: Meditation
8:00 am: breakfast
9:30 am: Program session
12:30 pm: lunch
3:00 pm: Program session
5:30 pm: dinner
7:00 pm: Meditation
7:30 pm: end

Sunday April 19

7:30 am: Meditation
8:00 am: breakfast
9:30 am: Program session
12:30 pm: lunch
2:30 – 4:00 pm: Small group meetings / self practice
4:15 – 5:30 pm: program session 
5:30 pm: dinner
7:00 pm: Meditation
7:30 pm: end

Monday April 20

7:30 am: Meditation
8:00 am: breakfast
9:30 am: Closing session – Silence ends
12:30 pm: check-out and lunch

Retreat rates per person

Single room (limited availability): USD 895
Double room: USD 735
Quad room (single beds, women only): USD 625

Rates include:

  • 3 nights accommodation;
  • dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday;
  • breakfast and lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday;
  • tea and coffee throughout the retreat.

All meals are vegetarian, and served buffet style.

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You may have questions about this silent retreat. Or you simply would like to get to know me a little bit before you book. I’d be happy to talk with you through Skype, or answer your questions by email.

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