Although meditation is widely known as a potent practice – and even business giants such as Google and Apple have recognized how it helps creativity and productivity – it is not merely “neural self-hacking” or stopping thoughts.
None of the usual approaches to meditation come close to accessing the vast potential of the mind, its subtle structure, and its unlimited power to take you all the way to the heights of mental and spiritual accomplishment. But Trika Meditation, as compiled by Somananda, is a comprehensive system for those who seek structured and measurable mental self-development that leads all the way to self-realization.
What you will gain from the retreat:
- Verifiably improved control over your state of awareness and your emotions
- The tools to create a state of absolute centeredness and inner focus at will
- Techniques for surpassing the limitations of the mind and reaching higher consciousness
- A perception of the True Self – Atman
- Methods for controlled expansion of the mind
- Increased spiritual inspiration and aspiration
- Empowered support on your path of reaching the highest spiritual goal – samadhi or union with the Divine
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Techniques Taught and Practiced
In the Trika Meditation Retreat two powerful spiritual paths of Yoga have been combined into one supportive system of development – the tantric path of meditation, or Tantra Yoga, and the path of the third eye, or Raja Yoga. In the retreat you will study and practice various authentic meditation techniques, which activate foremost the higher chakras – the seat of your spiritual potential.
Techniques from Tantra Yoga:
- The original Tantric Vipassana (Prana Uchara)
- Expansion meditation
- Yantra meditation
- Shambhala meditation
- Music meditations on various chakras
Techniques from Raja Yoga:
- Manasika Japa
- Ajna breathing
- Jangama Dhyana
- Shambhavi Mudra for mental concentration
Supporting techniques from other traditions:
- Guided meditation
- Walking meditation
Day 1 (30 September 2018) – Welcome in Rishikesh Valley
We will welcome you in the retreat venue in Rishikesh. Welcome dinner begins at 19:00, but you can arrive from 14:00 onwards. You will receive guideline on how to make your way from Delhi to Rishikesh and how to reach the retreat venue once in Rishikesh.
Days 2-10 (1 – 9 October 2018) – Full retreat days
6:30 Morning gong
7:00 Meditation and Yoga
10:00 Meditation and teachings
14:00 Lunch and rest
16.30 Meditation and teachings
19:00 Q&A (the questions in the Q&A session shall be submitted in writing in order to preserve mauna)
20:00 Dinner and rest
22:00 Lights out and night gong
Day 11 (10 October 2018) – Conclusion and departure
Conclusion of our Trika Meditation Retreat and departure after lunch at 15:00. You will need to make your own way back to Delhi or to your next destination. Local staff is available for help and support.
All my life I have suffered from emotional imbalances and mental issues. Trika Retreats have made a huge difference for me. I am again in charge of my own life.
Incredible meditations! Wow… No words to describe it. I am a Trika meditation addict :).
This tradition is so authentic, so deep and so incredible. Keeping the silence was surprisingly easy. In fact, I want to be more silent in my daily life as well.
I experienced a state of being “out of my mind.” This sounds crazy, but it is the most amazing state I have ever encountered.
How to measure success in meditation?
As defined in Yoga, meditation is the “controlled expansion of the mind”. This seemingly remote idea is actually a skill that not only anyone can acquire but one which is also improved and perfected with practice.
In fact, while surprising to some, individual proficiency and development in meditation is tangible and can be measured clearly. Some of the preliminary indicators to look for are the following:
- Emotional disturbances or imbalances are reduced or completely cease to exist
- The mind becomes silent and peaceful at will
- The mind expands outside of one’s physical body
- Rapid growth of one’s faith and a sense of inner happiness
- The mind becomes aware of higher levels of consciousness
- The ability to perceive the activation of the higher chakras
Reaching the above effects usually requires participating in meditation retreats and having an ongoing personal practice. The time required in order to observe personal progress is very individual and depends on your effort and diligence as well as a measure of grace. While it is possible for a participant to reach high levels already in his or her very first retreat, development is usually more gradual.
My mind is so much more powerful than I ever could have known. Somananda is a true master – a guru that can take you all the way.
I was new to meditation. I am so grateful for landing to the exact right retreat and the exact right tantric teachings. Thank you!
Inner peace and clarity are beyond measure. I have never before experiences such mental control!
Retreat duration and mauna
Our Trika Meditation Retreats are offered in various periods of from 5-21 days in duration. Depending on the length of a particular retreat the head teacher will either cover all of the above techniques or a selection of them. The head teacher may also include additional techniques and practices where needed.
Note that particular Trika retreats include the rule of mauna, or sacred silence. This means that a certain part of the retreat is conducted in complete silence (24 hours per day) for the participants in order to facilitate a deeper level of self-inquiry and more profound mental effects. Please look at the event page of a particular retreat for details (see list of upcoming retreats below). Each retreat also includes practice of either Hatha Yoga or sun salutations.
Joining meditation retreats repeatedly
Trika or other meditation retreats offered by Somananda Tantra School are personal experiences. Every retreat will take you deeper into your Self and into the hidden potential of your mind.
Proficiency and skill in meditation are built up by participating in retreats regularly – we recommend joining at least three or four times a year. Steady personal practice outside of the retreat period is equally important. Each retreat provides extra support and further guidance from our teachers, which propel you further up the ladder of your spiritual development.
Yes it is. Trika Meditation Retreats are primarily internal, experiential events. You will learn about meditation and the mind, and gain rare knowledge in potent meditation techniques. However, the emphasis of the retreat is foremost on your personal practice and inner experience, which applies to any level of proficiency. Beginners and more advanced meditators will therefore easily practice together in one retreat.
Meditation is a lifelong practice in Yoga; it is a way of being. You definitely have something to gain if you have not yet reached the highest spiritual goals of a human being.
Control of the mind and becoming a good meditator take practice, time, and commitment. Until you have reached the highest spiritual goals, joining the retreat again will provide a focused and supported environment for meditation and continuation of your development. Students usually join several Trika Retreats per year as each retreat will give you a different valuable experience.
This is generally not acceptable in our Trika Retreats. Personal exemptions by the retreat leader may be made only in cases of emergency. We will provide you with an emergency contact which your family or business may use to reach you if needed, thereby allowing you to relax fully into the retreat experience knowing that retreat administration will alert you if necessary to any issue needing your urgent attention.
In order to ensure deeper and more profound meditation, a focus on the individual’s inner experience, and an enhanced ability to focus, couples are normally placed in separate rooms, women with women and men with men.
Absolutely – you are very welcome to join. Usually it is only during the first days that keeping mauna seems challenging. As the retreat progresses, silence becomes a natural part of it. We definitely recommend joining without fear – your experience will be very transformative.
The retreat staff will be on hand to support you if you feel you cannot resolve your inner tension. However, we would encourage you to challenge yourself to a new level of accomplishment. Temporarily breaking mauna is acceptable in cases of emergency.
Retreat Rules of Conduct
Exceptions include, of course, the days of arrival and departure. Silence also here encompasses interpersonal communications such as gestures, silently mouthing words, writing notes, etc. Notes will be allowed only for daily Q&A and administrative emergencies. The retreat leader will announce the beginning and end of mauna.
Non-residential Trika Retreats may not require full mauna. Please see the details for every particular retreat.
This includes tablets, phones, laptops, mp3 players, etc. Exceptions may be made upon personal request and such exceptions need to be requested personally from the retreat leader and approved before mauna begins.
Although there may be a temptation to keep your phone with you for emergencies, we will provide you with an emergency contact for your family or business which may be called if anyone needs to reach you, thereby allowing you to relax fully into the retreat experience knowing that retreat administration will alert you if necessary to any issue needing your urgent attention.
Couples joining a residential retreat together will be placed in separate rooms for a more internalized and deeper retreat experience. During nonresidential retreats, we ask you to not engage in any sexual activity during the retreat period.
This includes – in addition to the use of electronic devices – books, magazines, and the like. To support your retreat experience, we will offer to collect any of these belongings and hold them in a bag for you during the retreat. Best, however, would be to leave them at home if possible. Let this be an opportunity to completely unplug yourself and turn your focus inward.
In a residential retreat you will be awakened by a gong and every new session of the day will be signaled by the gong. The gong will be struck repeatedly to ensure that everyone has heard it.
No smoking, consumption of alcohol, or use of recreational drugs is allowed during the retreat.
- Early-early-bird fee: €1,280, this fee is available if full payment is made by 30 July 2018.
- Early-bird fee: €1,380, this fee is available if full payment is made by 30 August 2018.
- Regular fee: €1,480, this fee is starting from 31 August 2018.
If two people join and pay together with the same payment, we are offering a 10% discount. In this case please use the discount code trika-together-india in the checkout process. (It needs to be ONE payment)
Retreat fee includes: accommodation for ten nights and three vegetarian meals during each day of the retreat, all retreat teachings and personals support
Retreat fee does not include: flights or any local transportation to and from the retreat venue, visas, travel insurance, any personal costs
Payment in installments: We are offering also the option to pay in installments for this unique retreat. To book your place in the retreat, the minimum installment of €550 per person is required.
You can make your first and the consecutive installment payment on this Manual Transfer page. To receive the early-early-bird or early-bird special prices, please make sure the full payment has been completed by the required date as shown.
Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received a group confirmation in an email from us! We take no responsibility for any expenses made for travel or accommodation costs.
Rishikesh Valley is a beautiful and serene family-owned retreat center in the mountains 3km from Rishikesh’s Tapovan area. Surrounded by centuries-old Himalayan forests and absolute tranquility you can bond with nature in the most pleasurable way possible. You will breathe clean mountain air and take dips in a refreshing natural mountain stream.
Accommodation will be provided in simple yet cosy wooden cabins on a shared occupancy basis (two to four people per cabin). Hot showers and simple bathrooms are available. However, we need to stress that this is India and the location is remote, so hot water and electricity breaks are normal. You need to accept these possible inconveniences.
Our retreat sessions are conducted outdoors in a roofed practice area, so you will be surrounded by a breathtaking view of green mountains and rice fields.
Please also note that the venue is in the midst of lush nature, meaning insects, spiders and other small animals are a natural part of this environment.
The venue has very-very limited to no internet and cell phone coverage, guaranteeing your full attention to internal spiritual quests.