Rolling Meadows Retreat
Rolling Meadows, is a 100 acre meditation and yoga retreat center over-looking the hills of coastal Maine.
Our secluded, hilltop retreat center provides a quiet environment for spiritual renewal supported by the practices of yoga, meditation and the undisturbed beauty of the natural world.
Scheduled silent yoga & meditation retreats for up to 11 participants are offered throughout the year in an 1840’s renovated New England farmhouse on 100 acres of walking trails, fields, gardens and a spring-fed swimming pond.See more events in this venue
A natural, resilient and relaxed way of being arises as we open to the ever-available essence of our True Nature. Experiencing this reality through yoga postures, meditation, sacred movement and silence, we drop below and behind the habitual and conditioned patterns of thought and reactivity. The container of shared silence and the subtle practices during retreat, open our capacity to recognize what is always here and who we are… Pure Awareness…
From this embodied remembering we restore balance, vibrancy, and peace in ourselves, reconnecting with our deepest and most reliable resource.
“Meditate on the Self as being
Vast as the Sky,
A body of energy
Extending forever in all directions –
In the embrace of infinite space,
Awaken to your True form,
Divine creative energy
Revealing Itself as you.” -Vignana Bhairava
The format of yoga poses, sitting meditation, the direct path of self-inquiry, silence and unstructured time in the natural world creates an environment conducive to dropping the details of daily life and revealing the simple peace of our unencumbered being. Yoga practice promotes physical, mental and spiritual health. Emphasis is placed on developing strength, endurance, balance and alignment through awareness of the body’s sensations and the breath. The classes are appropriate for the novice and experienced practitioner.
Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets connective tissue in the joints and works safely on the areas that are most too-often ignored (ligaments, joints). Your body learns to lets go of tension we rarely notice, while still working at your edge resulting in a healthy range of motion, inner focus, healing, and balance. Restorative Poses and Pranayama offer deep rest and the cultivation of a refined attunement to stillness and quietude.
Self-Inquiry is an opportunity to awaken to the truth of who we are. The embodied recognition and experience of long-held patterns of conditioned behavior lifts the veil that keeps us from peace of our true nature.
Meditation periods are approximately 30 minutes and draw on the Vipassana and non-dual traditions. Guidance will be offered in breath awareness and in open attention with the focus to relax and simply be with what is, as it is, without manipulation, so that we may come to rest in the natural state of awareness. Unstructured Time allows for walking the woodland paths, napping, taking a wood-fired sauna, a swim in the spring-fed, crystal clear secluded pond, or for doing nothing. A container of shared silence is maintained during the yoga retreat, except during the sessions. Silence is restful, being the mirror of our natural state. This silent community creates a supportive environment in which to surrender to the inner silence, allowing us to question our conditioned beliefs and surrender to the truth of our being. The morning after arrival participants are asked to refrain from social conversation with one another during meals and free-time. We call this “social silence.” This social silence ends after the morning session of the last day.
“There aren’t enough words tell you how extraordinary my retreat experience was with you last week. Suffice it to say, it was life-changing.” Participant from Massachusetts
“I will never forget this wonderful experience. The environment lent itself to honest self-reflection.” Participant from Vancouver
“The retreat couldn’t have been better… When the chitter-chatter of voices and of the word on the page goes away you are left with the utter vibrancy of everything… It was one of the loveliest and simplest weeks of my life, for sure.” Participant from California
“Just thought you might like to know that your retreat had a major impact on me. I am still meditating every day as well as doing yoga. I have found a deeper perspective and strength to deal with the various demands of my life.. your food has changed the way I eat.” Participant from North Carolina
“This retreat was life changing and I owe it to ALL of you for creating such a safe space to be myself.” Participant from Massachusetts
“Much thanks from the bottom of my heart for your spiritual guidance and hospitality in sharing/opening your home. My heart has been opened and warmed by both of you…. Rolling Meadows is truly a hidden gem and one that I am fortunate to have found.” Participant from Florida
“I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed every single moment of my time and that you have developed an amazing retreat space. I know it must take a lot of work and energy, but you’ve done it beautifully. Every space invited peaceful solitude… It was life -changing.. ” Participant from Maine
“I am so glad I had the opportunity to experience my first meditation and yoga retreat with you at Rolling Meadows. It was life changing for me… Your home and property are beautiful and you made me fell welcomed…Thank you for introducing me to so many different strategies and methods for helping me on my journey.”
Participant from New Brunswick, Canada
Meditation, fluid yoga asana, yin and restorative yoga, pranayama, meditative movement, and silence support our embodied reminding us who we are.
Surya Chandra Das
Surya-Chandra is a long-time student of Vipassana meditation and Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi, having studied with Ramesh Balsakar, Adyashanti and others.
Surya’s teaching is a blend of the various teachings he has experienced and his own explorations. Nondual Awareness orPresence is the foundation of the retreats. Surya is interested in helping participants understand the depth and breadth of Yoga – that it is so much more than performing asanas (postures) and can permeate every aspect of our lives well beyond the retreat. As a yoga teacher he supports and encourages a student to let go of striving and becoming; to increase their capacity to live with conscious awareness of the wisdom of body; to be present for conditioning from a non-judgmental and somatic reference point, allowing us to live from the natural joy, ease and openness of Being. See more photos and other events by this presenter
Blending movement and stillness, and encouraging inner listening as the portal to the mystery beyond form, I offer a path to what lies beneath the surface, creating a sacred environment for students to explore through asana, pranayama, meditative movement and meditation, the ease, openness, compassion and inherent wisdom of Divine Love that is our true home.
The daily ritual of practice over 33 years continues to guide my life in an ever evolving embodied inquiry into who I am at the deepest level… it is this exploration that guides my teaching.
I first began studying yoga asana in the Iyengar community, and later with Angela Farmer and teachers of the Vanda Scaravelliapproach. Having a desire to deepen my practice, I began sittingVipassana meditation retreats with SN Goenka and with teachers from the Insight Meditation Society and Forest Refuge. Studies in meditative movement with Jungian based Authentic Movement and Continuum generated further inquiry into the subtlety of form and formlessness, the dance between movement and stillness, and the complimentary practices of yoga asana and meditation. The influence of teachers of Advaita, the non-dual tradition of Ramana Maharshi brought another thread into this tapestry of study, practice and teaching.
I developed Body Prayers – Yoga, Meditative Movement and Meditation Silent Retreats for Women, led yoga teacher trainings, have taught inquiry through meditative movement, and co-developed Rolling Meadows Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center in Maine. See more photos and other events by this presenter