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Posted - Aug 12 2006 :  5:03:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit trip1's Homepage  Get a Link to this Message
Hello Everyone,

For those looking for information on solo retreats, the following schedule has been developed for use with retreats up to four days. For retreats five days or more, a similar but more intensive schedule can be utilized, which can be found through the following link:

Following the schedule is an info page containing overviews of the retreat and the different activities contained in the schedule. Please feel free to post in this thread or contact me regarding any questions or inquiries that you may have regarding solo retreats.

These two documents can also be downloaded using the following links:
Schedule -
Info & Tips -



AYP Weekend Retreats
(four days or less)
Daily Schedule

Morning Practices
(Two of your regular sessions Back-to-Back)

Session One
25 Minutes Rest (Lying Down)
Session Two
25 Minutes Rest (Lying Down)

Breakfast / Snack
(30 Minutes)

Physical Activity
(15-20 Minutes)

(Two Hours)

Retreat Journal Entry / Lunch
(One Hour)

(Two Hours)

Rest / Silent Observing
(One Hour)

Evening Practices
(One of your regular sessions)

Practice Session
25 Minutes Rest (Lying Down)

(1/2 Hour)

Physical Activity
(15-20 Minutes)

(Two Hours)

Retreat Journal Daily Recap
(30 Minutes to an Hour)

Rest / Silent Observing
(One Hour)

This schedule design is the result of many years of retreat experience and should not be wandered from or changed whatsoever. Sticking to the schedule is the most important “rule” of a retreat, and should be adhered to as closely as possible.

It is recommended that you do not add any new practices or extend the time of your current practices while on retreat. For those already partaking in samyama, there can be a doubling of sutra reps and time. This is the only exception.

For those on retreat physically together, the schedule should be synchronized, with sitting practices together in the same room being optional. If that is too distracting for some, it is not required, but meditation start times should be in sync if possible.

Edited by - trip1 on Aug 14 2006 8:59:17 PM


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Posted - Aug 12 2006 :  5:33:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit trip1's Homepage  Get a Link to this Reply
AYP Solo Retreats
Retreat Information and Tips

This retreat has been designed with the serious spiritual practitioner in mind who is looking to take the next step along the spiritual path. By removing himself (or herself) from society and without distraction for a number of days or weeks, the practitioner is able to move further and further inward, leading to deepened senses of awareness, stillness of mind, and other exalted states of being. The major benefits however can be found following the retreat, as an added dimension of growth is established which, over the long term, will make a significant difference in overall progress and daily life.

Throughout the rest of this document, you will find information dealing with different aspects of the retreat experience. It is recommended that you look over this information prior to the start of the retreat, and print it out for use during the retreat as well.

Finally, at the end of this document is a list compiled of helpful tips suggested by past retreaters. This list grows following each retreat, and we look forward to adding your tips once you have completed your journey.

Have an evolutionary time, and as Yogani would say,

The guru is in you.

* * *


The schedule which you will be using is the result of many years of retreat experience, and should be maintained throughout the course of the retreat. Adding extra sessions of practices into our daily sadhana will also bring with it extra purification, and the schedule has been designed with this in mind. If there is one major “rule” when undertaking a retreat, it is to stick to the schedule. As in daily life, the activities on a retreat are as important as the practice routines in order to integrate purification that is occurring, and even more so while going deeper and deeper into retreat mode.

Study Time

You may have noticed quite a bit of study time allotted for in the schedule. Don’t worry, we won’t be sending your high school algebra teacher over to tutor you on your equations. ;) This time can be used for a variety of activities relating to spiritual practice, which will aid in keeping you on an inward path as smoothly as possible during the course of the retreat. Recommended activities are listed below and can be mixed and matched to your liking during study time. It is not recommended that you stray from this list during the course of the retreat.

Reading spiritual books
Listening to recorded spiritual lectures
Reading and/or posting in the private forum

Activities followed by an asterisk (*) should only be used by those who are currently engaging in them on a routinely basis. As an example, an asanas routine should only be undertaken by one who normally practices asanas, and only their normal routine should be utilized. Adding any new practices during the course of the retreat is not recommended, and may quickly lead to over purification.


It is recommended that you keep a retreat journal in order to document your thoughts and experiences, as well as a daily recap at the end of each day. You may be surprised by the wonderful ideas and realizations which often arise while experiencing higher states of consciousness during a retreat, and documenting these experiences allows the practitioner to revisit these moments at a later time. Many of history’s greatest ideas arose during these moments of expanded awareness, and many more were forgotten soon after.

Of course, keeping a retreat journal is not mandatory, and if you decide against it, simply fill in the allotted time with an activity listed under the “Study” section of this document.

For those interested in reading a retreat journal kept by an AYP practitioner over the course of a nine day retreat, please visit the following link:

Physical Activity
Following “sticking to the schedule”, physical activity is one the most important aspects of any retreat. Through the addition of extra practice sessions, we will be purifying much more than we are used to, and physical activity becomes a catalyst in expelling the extra energy that we may find ourselves dealing with. As with meditation, a little goes a long way, and a twenty minute walk twice a day can easily be the difference between a blissful retreat and a miserable one. It is important that the extra purification is tended to in a proper manner, and for this, a bit of physical activity is just what the doctor ordered.

Throughout a retreat, self-pacing can be used in the same way that it is integrated with our normal daily practices. Experiencing some extra energy or angst on the retreat with all the purification going on can be normal, so we needn’t self-pace at the first sign of some weird feelings. But if things seem to be getting out of hand, scale back and add a bit more physical activity. Everybody will react a bit differently to the extra practice sessions, so it is in your hands to decide your own limits and self-pace accordingly.

In order to maintain the daily schedule with as little distraction as possible, it is recommended that all meals are either prepared beforehand or are quick and easy to prepare. Below you will find a list of suggestions for quick and easy meals.

Fresh or Dried Fruit and Nuts
Cereal or Oatmeal
PB&J (or any other type of sandwich)
Fruit or Vegetable Juices

Trail Mix
Fresh Fruit
½ Sandwich
Fruit or Vegetable Juices
Organic Chips

As a suggestion for dinners, “Amy’s Kitchen” is a company which produces full vegetarian meals (made with natural and organic ingredients), which are healthy and prepared in about five minutes in the microwave. Amy’s meals can be found at your local grocer (in the freezer section), or visit for more information.

If you choose, remaining silent throughout this time can be a great addition to your retreat arsenal. The difference is noticeable almost immediately, as the practitioner is faced with constant inward observance of thought and emotion, as opposed to the outward talking and listening which we have all become accustomed to in our daily lives. Heck, you may even learn to appreciate it a bit. ;)


- Unplug or turn off all phones in the house
- Remain in solitude as much as possible
- Have plenty of books to choose from
- Avoid any distracting noise (TV, phone, radio, etc)
- Sexual moderation to the degree comfortable for the week leading up to (and during) the retreat can greatly enhance the overall effect
- Don’t make any important decisions during this time
- Enjoy this time alone with yourself

Edited by - trip1 on Aug 12 2006 7:16:21 PM
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Posted - Oct 02 2007 :  6:21:25 PM  Show Profile  Get a Link to this Reply

All the retreat directions make sense to me but this one in the study suggestions:

"Reading and/or posting in the private forum"

What is "the private forum?"

Thanks in advance to anyone who can clarify this one for me.
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Posted - Oct 03 2007 :  10:48:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit yogani's Homepage  Get a Link to this Reply
Originally posted by bewell


All the retreat directions make sense to me but this one in the study suggestions:

"Reading and/or posting in the private forum"

What is "the private forum?"

Thanks in advance to anyone who can clarify this one for me.

Hi Bewell:

The idea is that we would have a private forum available for AYP retreat participants for questions and communications between locations engaged in simultaneous practice, and with administrators who could answer questions.

So far, there have not been enough AYP retreat activities going on (individuals only to date) to warrant activating this feature. When the need is there for a group venue, we will create one.

Of course, internet will not always be available at retreat locations, so forum interaction would an optional feature, and not essential.

The emphasis is on working toward providing everything locally to support successful retreats, including on-site support in the case of groups.

The realization of organized AYP retreats is in the embryonic stage, and is tied to the formation of meditation groups around the world, which could form the basis for periodic retreat gatherings. Establishing a meditation group is a first step toward organizing group retreats. It takes time...

Wanted: Meditation group leaders and retreat administrators. Apply within.

The guru is in you.
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