El Silencio Sivananda Sadhana KutirSince its original conception and vision, El Silencio has been planed and developed with the goal in mind to provide a refuge from the worldly noise, a place free from pollution and in close contact with nature, especially directed to spiritual seekers or people who want to deepen in their practices of yoga, meditation, introspection, self study or for those who need a place for self-healing, getting momentarily away from the stress elements of their daily life and find an atmosphere that promotes deep relaxation and recharging of “prana” or vital energy.
Since the ancient times, the yogis have searched for suitable places for their practices. Places in nature, generally in the forests or mountains, where the external distractions are minimized, where it is easier for the mind to be in peace and dive into deeper experiences of meditation.
For that, we offer courses and small groups guided retreats for all levels of aspirants or practitioners and also a space and guidance for those who want to go into a deeper level of their personal practice or individual retreat.
Even though the practice of yoga or other spiritual disciplines, done in the city and active life or service is very useful and important part of spiritual life, there are moments during the year or periods of life when the practitioner feels a need to detach from the external distractions and deepen into the inner silence, towards achieving the deeper meditative experiences.
A need comes to “unplug” the mind and senses from the external world in order to fix it fully in the inner divine Self.
Because it is not easy to find such a place where you can just do your practice and not having to worry about anything else, we have envision this place and make it available for the benefit of such seekers.
And, when one person experiences that inner peace in him/herself, that person becomes a lighthouse of peace for all humans, he will influence thousands in his life, doing in this way the highest service to humanity and the whole earth.
For long, long time, human beings and the so called “civilization” has been focused mainly on developing in the material, technological, social, military and cultural levels, trying to develop control over the nature with that purpose. That has lead to the current situation where nature is dangerously being destroyed.
The large cities can be compared to a cancer for the earth, with a lifestyle totally artificial, isolated from the elements of nature, where violence, crime and sense of competition and fear dominate. We don’t even know what to do with our garbage and waste products any longer. We are breathing, eating and drinking our own waste.
In most countries the jails are crowded beyond their capacities.
All that is showing is obviously something about this “civilization” that is not right.
Because all of these reasons and more, it is time to go back to a simpler life reconnect with nature and preserve the remaining before it is all spoiled. It is time to stop searching for happiness in the material consumption, where it is not. It is time to find it in the inner silence. See more events in this venue
This is an intensive Sadhana retreat, with a special focus on advanced pranayama and study of the classic text “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”.
Is a time of seclusion and introspection to dedicate full time to the practice of Yoga to control the Prana and induce a meditation state and spiritual awakening.
According to the classical yoga scriptures, Hatha Yoga is a preparation for Raja Yoga or meditation.
Hatha Yoga is not just about stretching the body and being flexible, but it is rather a science to control the body and Prana in order to control the mind.
The course is especially intended for Sivananda TTC or ATTC graduates, but we open it also to other experienced and sincere yoga practitioners who live a yogic lifestyle and want to deepen their inner experience and learn the Hatha Yoga classical tradition as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda. We teach this course only to small groups in a seclusive place in the middle of the Nature, an ideal place for this kind of practices.
To take this course you don´t need to be very flexible or have any particular physical acomplishments, neither to be able to hold your breath for long time or anything like that. There would be a natural progress on that through the practice in the course. The most important requisite is that you are able to follow a daily routine and discipline, follow exactly what the teachers ask you to do, go to bed early at night and get up very early in the morning, as well as to follow the other rules mention below.
This course begins with a 10 day part and continues after with an optional level of 10 extra days. So after the initial 10 days you have the option to stay for up to 20 days in order to go into deeper levels of practice and study. The second level is just a continuation of the first level, you can NOT come just for the second level alone. You have to take the first part even if you have already taken it before.
The idea is to help each one to progress from the level they are now, in order to have a deeper direct spiritual experience by spending a dedicated time for sadhana in an appropriate environment.
In this course we have some group practices as well as individual practices. In the beginning there are more group classes and then gradually we give room to more time for individual practice according to the guidance of the teachers.
Daily Schedule04:00 - 04:30 Wake up and personal practice of some kriyas 05:00 – 06:00 Advanced pranayama, group practice 06:00 - 07:30 Satsang: Meditation and Mantra chanting 08:00 – 09:30 Asana practice. It will be alternating between group class and individual practice 09:30 – 10:00 Rest 10:00 – 11:00 Brunch 11:00 – 12:00 Karma yoga. Students will be asked to perform one hour of selfless service to keep up with the community needs 12:00 – 13:30 Time for personal sadhana and rest. Students will be given some practice to do during this time (pranayama and Japa), about one hour, and then some time to rest 13:30 – 14:00 Snack 14:00 – 15:30 Study of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga sutras and the theoretical/philosophical understanding of hatha and raja yoga 16:00 – 17:00 Group asana class (sometimes personal practice) 17:00 – 18:00 Advanced Pranayama (group practice) 18:00 – 19:00 Dinner 19:30 – 21:00 Satsang- meditation and mantra chanting 21:30 Going to bed
This is an international bi-lingual course, taught in English and Spanish.
Some classes will be taught in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish and some will be in Spanish with translation to English.
The retreat is still small and there is a limited capacity. Only small groups will be taken.
Register in advance!! Limited capacity
Course teachers :
This course is directed by Krishna Darshan and Maha Shakti. To see more information about them click here.
Tuition and fees :
First part - 10 days are mandatory....US$ 650 and Second part - 10 extra days ..............US$ 400
If you have taken this course before with us, you will get a discount, the prices would be US$600 and US$400 for each part of the course.
If you can not stay for the whole second part of the course, you can pay by day. After the 10th day the cost will be US$ 65 daily (per extra day). If you have any doubt about this, tell us how many days you can stay and we'll calculate the cost for you.
• Includes the course, accommodation and meals (two main meals plus one light snack a day)
• Transportation is NOT included (to and from the retreat place)
People comming from long distance flights are welcome to arrive on March 27th with no extra cost, to have time to settle down and rest.
If you want to arrive a few days earlier it may be possible, but please consult with us in advance, we will let you know about availability and donation fees according to how many days earlier you are coming for.
Cash, Western Union. If you pay with credit card (online only) we'll charge you an extra 10% because that's what it cost to us.
$ 150 dollars, non-refundable deposit
- Fill in the form that will appear in a new page and we will send you instructions for payment, only then you will have a reservation. Information about how to reach the place according to where you are coming from will also be sent.
Your payment or donation is the way for us to maintain the place and keep expanding it to allow more people to benefit, thank you very much!
There are 11 beds available total within the main house and cabins, those are in shared rooms.
If you want to keep your privacy, please bring your own tent. There is plenty of tenting space available in beautiful natural surroundings.
Beds in dormitory’s or cabins are only available to the first people who request them. After that there will be only tent space.
We have a couple of tents available, only for those who request them first. If you don’t want to travel with your own tent, let us know immediately to reserve one for you if they are still available.
Rules and regulations
El Silencio is not a hotel or hostel . It is a family house where we follow the ancient and traditional "Gurukula" system, where the students live for a while with the teacher, like a family. That´s why we don´t have a housekeeping service. Each person should take care of cleanning his/her own space and we will share the cleaning of common areas like toilettes, kitchen, class room , etc. During the course and stay at "El Silencio" , we ask you to observe the following rules, to help maintaining a Sattvic atmosphere in the place and mind:
* Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take any drugs, meat or fish
* Very important: It is mandatory (unless is an emergency) to keep complete silence between 22:00hr and 05:00hr. No talking, chatting or listening to music during this time, to respect all the people that is already in bed
* Observe ahimsa or non-violence towards anybody in body, action, speech and thought
* Do not hunt, kill or harm any animal
* Do not pollute the place by leaving garbage of any sort
* Respect and keep silence as much as possible, avoid shouting, screaming or loud music
* Please participate in the practices as much according to your physical capacity and follow the instructions of the teachers explicitly only
* Do not light any fire, incense nor candles in the whole property including tents or bedrooms
Only authorized staff will be in charge of incense and other fire related items.
What to bring
• Yoga mat
• Notebook to take notes
• The book: Hatha yoga Pradipika, with the commentary of Swami Vishnudevananda
• Neti pot, used to practice Neti kriya. Contact us if you don´t have one.
• If you are going to stay in a tent, please bring your own sleeping bag or blankets and towel
• Boots. If you like to walk in the wild nature it is useful to wear boots to prevent thorns and mud especially if it rains
• Toiletries items
• Bathing suit (there is a river in the property)
•Proper clothing: During this time the weather is usually warm and pleasant, but nevertheless it can be cool sometimes in the early mornings or evenings, so make sure you have some warm cloths for those times.
How to reach the place
We are 21km away from San Carlos city, Maldonado state, 40km from Punta del Este city and around 160km from Montevideo, capital of Uruguay.
If you are flying to Uruguay:
- Arrive at Montevideo city's Carrasco international airport (MVD) and from there take a bus to San Carlos (2 hours long). From San Carlos there are buses that will leave you 1km away from "El Silencio", we will be there waiting to pick you up if you let us know in advance. . You can also come from San Carlos by taxi. After you register for the course we will send you more detailed information about the transportation and a map and bus schedule to see which one fits your connections best.
If you are coming from Montevideo
By car: We will send you a map with detailed instructions on how to reach us. It's quite simple.
- From "Tres Cruces" bus station: There are many daily buses from Montevideo to San Carlos. From San Carlos there are buses that will leave you 1km away from "El Silencio", we will be there waiting to pick you up, if you let us know in advance. . You can also come from San Carlos by taxi. After you register for the course we will send you a map and bus schedule to see which one fits your connections.
This is an intensive Sadhana retreat, with a special focus on advanced pranayama and study of the classic text “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”.
Krishna Darshan (Alan Wiuker)
Krishna is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a yoga and meditation teacher for over 27 years. He is the main Hatha Yoga instructor in many Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Courses (TTC and ATTC) and other advanced courses at various Sivananda Ashrams worldwide and has an in depth knowledge of Hatha yoga, Raja yoga and Vedanta philosophy. He is a Jyotish (Vedic astrology) teacher and consultant, certified by the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) and council of Vedic astrology (CVA).
He has also been playing the Tabla and Indian classical music for more than 24 years. He is a disciple of Tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.
Maha Shakti, who hails from Uruguay, is a Yogini with more than 15 years of experience in teaching Yoga to all age groups. She has been teaching and assisting in numerous International Yoga Teachers Training courses in South America, Europe and USA . Maha Shakti is also an expert in teaching Yoga for children. She has been the director of the Children's Yoga camp at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for many years.See more photos and other events by this presenter