Theme Weekend Retreats are held regularly to engage interested people with the teachings and its implications in our daily living. During the retreat guests stay on the campus and the day is structured to be with oneself and others. There are many activities such as Body Awareness, quiet time, nature walk, dialogues, video, and so on. One has enough time to be at leisure and watch ones thoughts and thought patterns. One can share one’s insights with others in the spirit of learning.Introduction to Retreat – a Presentation
The Study center offers a two day ‘Quiet Retreat’ for those who would like to take a break from the mundane lifestyle and explore into what it means to be observing in silence. Is it possible to have ‘insight’ while one is with ‘what is,’ when one is not compelled to do anything, surrounded by the wilderness only? Please feel free to take a two days break and join us in this exploration in silence.
I don't know if you have noticed that there is understanding when the mind is very quiet, even for a second; there is the flash of understanding when the verbalization of thought is not. Just experiment with it and you will see for yourself that you have the flash of understanding, that extraordinary rapidity of insight, when the mind is very still, when thought is absent, when the mind is not burdened with its own noise. So, the understanding of anything—of a modern picture, of a child, of your wife, of your neighbor, or the understanding of truth, which is in all things—can only come when the mind is very still. But such stillness cannot be cultivated because if you cultivate a still mind, it is not a still mind, it is a dead mind.
The more you are interested in something, the more your intention to understand, the more simple, clear, free the mind is. Then verbalization ceases. After all, thought is word, and it is the word that interferes. It is the screen of words, which is memory, that intervenes between the challenge and the response. It is the word that is responding to the challenge, which we call intellection. So, the mind that is chattering, that is verbalizing, cannot understand truth—truth in relationship, not an abstract truth. There is no abstract truth. But truth is very subtle. Like a thief in the night, it comes darkly, not when you are prepared to receive it.
J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life