Frequently Asked Questions...Samadhi Retreats

The Great Room at the Samadhi Retreat provides "indoor camping" on air mattresses during Silent Retreats
We look forward to providing YOU a safe and pleasant atmosphere to experience SILENCE OF THE MIND and your innate EXPERIENCE AS SOURCE.

 

  • Where is the Samadhi Retreat?

We are located in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas about an hour SW of Tyler, and about and hour and a half South of Dallas. See us on Google Maps here.

  • Is the whole retreat silent?

Not exactly! What we normally consider as silence is environmental, or a quiet external atmosphere. The whole purpose of the Samadhi Silent Retreat is to discover and develop "Silence Of The Mind", which is an internal mental stillness, marked by the absence of thinking. We can achieve Samadhi or “Silence Of The Mind,” while chanting mantras as a group, which we do every evening. We can be in a state of Silence while we are listening to the Yoga Instructor lead us in asanas. We can be In Silence while we listen to the spiritual discourses led by David Browning; or while listening to guided meditations, or Tibetan bowl meditations. Silence of the Mind is a rare and beautiful beginning to a practice that leads ultimately to self-realization as The Source. See More On Silence >> 

  • Is there anything I should know before I come to a Silent Retreat?

Enlightenment Can Be A Blast, is the response of retreats participants​It would be a great idea to become familiar with the "Mystic 7" which are the 7 Source Experiences a person has while waking up into the Enlightened Mind, as well as the Principles used for self-inquiry as one awakens. David will reference these Experience/Principles frequently throughout the retreat. Also see the Prerequisites for deeper clairification which will come in handy during the course of the weekend. And lastly, it may be a great preview to watch some of David's videos to become accustomed to his jovial style of Enlightenment awareness, because as he says.... "Enlightenment Can Be A Blast" 

  • What makes a Samadhi Silent Retreat different than other Silent Retreats?

Recently we had two participants who had gone to Silent Retreats with other organizations and this is what they have told us: "The odds are stacked higher [at Samadhi Retreat] for having better and more profound Experiences of deep meditation and Spiritual breakthroughs"... Samadhi Retreat is a more pleasant experience, even in Silence there is a fun atmosphere due to David's light hearted personality, and lack of seriousness... At Samadhi there is "no purification through pain", you are encouraged to make yourself as comfortable as possible, even sitting in a chair, using bolsters, pillows and blankets; lying down, drinking tea during discourses, comfort counts!!... Multiple breaks including a two hour lunch and an hour and a half dinner break allows for unmonitored free time to dive deeper into the blossoming awarenesses... Diversity is rampant and the flow is great, the changing scenery from sunrise candlelight yoga, to chanting, to breathing exercises, to guided meditations, to silent meditations, to discourses, to contemplation walks, to evening Bhajans and Satsang, with snacks or meals every couple of hours keeps you interested, moving and engaged... The opportunity for transformation is present, palpable and enjoyable. 

(Bhajans=celebratory dancing and singing, Satsang=community sitting in Truth)

  • Even though advised, is it required to attend everything on the schedule, or may I have more time alone if needed?

You may choose which events you feel inclined to join.  We encourage you to follow your own guidance. Recently we had an attendee who was simply here for the SILENCE OF THE MIND.  She was encouraged to do whatever she felt compelled to do regarding group activities.... she did in fact participate in all activities, but it was entirely her option.

  • Do you have a list of things I should bring with me? 

Yes, we've made a list of things that would be great to bring with you, as well as a driving map, phone numbers, and other things that you may want to bring with you. Please see the Pre-Arrival Packet for all the information you may need to prepare for your 3-Day Silent Retreat.

  • I have bad knees.  Do I have to participate in the yoga sessions?

No, you do not have to participate in the yoga sessions.  However we would like to suggest that you try a modified version of the yoga positions from a seated position just to receive some benefit from this relaxing practice that helps to settle the mind and make it ready for the deep states of meditation you can expect during the retreat.  We do very gentle beginners level yoga during the retreats.

  • Are the activities indoors or outdoors? I mainly ask because I am concerned about the heat.

All organized activities are indoors. Unlike other Silent Retreats, you will have ample free time each day for walks in the woods or sitting on the dock or relaxing on the covered patio..... but you can feel free to rest inside in the climate controlled spaces during that time. There is a two hour lunch break and an hour and a half dinner break in which you will have personal time all to yourself as The Source. 

  • What is included on the vegetarian meals for the 3 day retreat? I'm not a big fan of veggies but I like the idea of the retreat. If I don't like what is served may I bring my own food/snacks?

We totally understand your concern!!!
Of course you may bring your own snacks, but you will not have an opportunity to cook or prepare meals. One of the benefits of the Retreat is that you will have No Responsibilities, any added thing that you do beyond the scheduled curriculum will take away from your experience.

One of the reasons we eat a vegetarian diet is that is creates a physical environment that is conducive to deep meditation.

Most of the guests at our retreats have not been vegetarians either..... we're in Texas for heavens sake!!!!

That being said, we have the most wonderful menu.  There are a variety of soups,  breakfast tacos, grilled quesadillas, flat-bread pizzas, quinoa Chili, sandwiches, a variety of hummus and salads. Platters of tasty fruits and snacks are always available on breaks.  The meals provided during this retreat have been duplicated from a proven formula and ratio in regard to what the body needs during this deep meditation process.  This formula has been used by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Mahareshi Maheshyogi, Deepak Chopra and others.  We know you'll be pleasantly surprised. One of the most common comments after the retreats is how WONDERFUL the vegetarian menu was.
 

  • I love the music/chanting you use during the retreat, what was the name of that group?

We play lots of chanting by different groups, but the largest selection of chanting music is from our favorite Texas group, The Bhakti House Band. Please support their music and if you get up to Fort Worth, they throw an awesome house party Bhakti Bash. 

  • I plan on paying for a private room. It there a lock on the door? Is it possible to choose my room or is it chosen for me?

There are 2 private rooms and both lock from the inside, they are standard bedroom doors and not key entry.  You may choose which of the two rooms you prefer as long as both are available.

Lalla's Room provides guest accommodations for 1 person during Samadhi Silent Retreats The Sufi Meditation Room provides guest accommodations for 1 or 2 people during Samadhi Silent Retreats The Green Tara bunk room provides guest accommodations for 3 people during Samadhi Silent Retreats

2 Private Rooms with Balcony Overlooking Lake (#1)*Lalla's Room (double bed $100/wkend) and (#2)Meditation Room (comfy floor futon $100/wkend); and (3)Green Tara Semi-Private Room sleeps 3 (twin bed $25/wkend)

  • My husband and I both want to come to a Silent Retreat, can we sleep in the same bed?

Co-Registrants: Because of the nature of a Silent Retreat, you will want an opportunity to allow the mind to settle completely including no talking, gesturing, or physical contact with friends or significant others. If your co-registrant is your significant other or a close friend, it is highly advised that you do not share a private room, this will be explained in further detail during the introduction on your arrival. Whereas, this is not a mandatory policy, you may want to take it into consideration, if purchasing private accommodations. CONTACT US for your options where this is concerned.

  • Will there be bathing facilities? Are they private? Will I have a private restroom in reserving my own room?

There are two bathrooms that are shared among all retreat participants. There are no private restrooms. Participants elect to take morning, noon, or evening showers, so the restrooms are lightly used and there is rarely a waiting line.

  • What if I don't agree with what you are saying?  What if it is completely different than my  beliefs?

Then feel free to come just for the SILENCE OF MIND!  You do not have to sit in on the discourses or question & answer  sessions.  David will tell you repeatedly not to "trust me or believe me" ...Only Trust Your Own Inner Guidance. You will have an opportunity to write comments and questions asking for further clarification that will be responded to during the question & answer sessions.

  • Do you teach Buddhism, Hinduism, or some other Eastern Religion?

David embraces all religious traditions and may quote from some you are familiar with and some you are not familiar with. The principles of the Mystic 7 often sound like the mystic teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, and even mystic Christianity. It is not our goal to teach, but to provide a space where you can have the direct personal EXPERIENCE AS SOURCE. We will provide some guidance, and then you will have your own revelations.  These retreats give you the opportunity to (1) Silence the body, so you can (2) Silence the mind, so you can (3) Experience Yourself As Source.  It will be helpful if you come with an open mind willing to let-go of old paradigms, and be open to new awareness. 

  • Can I bring my camera? I am a photographer and would love to be able to take some nature photos.

Please contact us to see about coming in early to the retreat, let's say anytime after 2:00 on that Thursday to take a walk in the woods and take all the pictures you like. Once the retreat begins, all communication stops and we encourage the mind to stop it's usual processing. This would include even the right brain creative tasks and the composition and mental processing associated with your art form. We want you to have the best of all worlds, so please plan to come early and satisfy your love of nature and photography!!

  • Can I arrive early just to get settled in?

Yes, you can arrive early! Just let us know in advance so we can have things prepared for your early arrival. We especially encourage arriving early during the winter months when it gets dark early. The Samadhi Retreat is not easy to find at night on the first try. Make sure you bring something with you to eat, there is no evening meal planned here at the Retreat.

  • Do I have to be there Thursday night? I'm not sure I can get off work on Friday.

Yes, all participants will need to arrive on Thursday and be prepared to go into Silence about 8:00 pm that night in order to recieve as much time as possible in the state of Stillness. It typically takes 3 days to reach a profoundly deep level of mental quietness and there is virtually no opportunity or discipline for that in daily life. The deepening process is cumulative and by Friday afternoon participants are already beginning to feel the effects of Silence in the form of deeper meditation, Samadhi experiences, and stillness of the mind.

  • Why Silent Retreats?

You might be surprised to find out that all the mental stimulation we entertain ourselves with, from phones to TV's to computers, even books and music and gossip, is actually masking our own Self-Realization that We Are The Source. In the beginning, we start to achieve Silence Of The Mind or "Samadhi" with verbal silence, then we begin to acheive mental silence, and sometimes in the midst of the silence we can have brief glimpses of Self-Realization in a Source Experience. Source Experiences are crucial to Awakening into the Enlightened Mind, knowing the Oneness of Everything, and living in sustainable bliss. At a Samadhi Silent Retreat we expect to introduce you to real Silence of the Mind so you can begin living a life of unequivocable bliss, in Unity.

Real Truth waits quietly inside to be heard when we are ready.

 

         

  

 

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