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.
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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.
The retreat schedule noted here is approximate and subject to change according to the retreat location, venue, and other circumstances.
7:00 Meditation and Yoga
10:00 Meditation and teachings
14:00 Lunch and rest
16.30 Meditation and teachings
20:00 Dinner and rest
22:00 Lights out!
In silent retreats the questions in the Q&A session shall be submitted in writing in order to preserve mauna.
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.
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:
Reaching the above mentioned 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!
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.
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.
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.