Silent Awakenings

An Inward Journey Inspired by Dr. David Simon

featuring Deepak Chopra, Brent BecVar, and Amanda Ringnalda

"In our dynamic, goal-oriented world, we don’t usually spend much time or attention cultivating silence, but it has been my experience that learning to surrender to this quality of awareness nurtures all aspects of life – including our environment, our body, our relationships, our creative expression, our heart, and soul."  –David Simon

Silent Awakenings is a week-long journey within inspired by the teachings and writing of Chopra Center co-founder David Simon. Held in the serene, beachfront lodge of Asilomar in Northern California’s beautiful Monterey Peninsula, this retreat is designed specifically for experienced meditators who want to spend an extended period in silence, deepening their meditation practice and awakening to the beauty and richness of their own internal life.

Away from the demands and noise of everyday life, your mind and body can quiet and settle into their own natural rhythms. We will guide you through group meditations, yoga sessions, walking meditations, and journaling. You will have abundant time to relax under the wide sky and listen to the rolling ocean waves. This is a unique opportunity to go beyond your usual practices into an extended experience of silence and contemplation that will help you be more present for your own life.

Led by Deepak Chopra, Brent BecVar, and Amanda Ringnalda,Silent Awakenings is unlike any event the Chopra Center has ever created. The silent community creates a supportive environment in which you can have the most deeply personal experience of your inner self and wisdom.

The entire retreat will be held in deep silence, with the exception of the time we will spend together each evening at a satsang led by Deepak. A satsang is a community gathering where people share wisdom on their spiritual journey.

Each day of the retreat will be dedicated to one of the five awakenings that inspired David Simon: silence, nature, love,healing, and dharma. The evening satsang will focus on the theme for the day.

Extend your stay and enjoy beautiful Monterey!

We have arranged discounted rates at Asilomar for guests who want to come up three days early and/or stay a few days after the retreat to take advantage of the many sights and activities the Monterey Bay has to offer, including:

  • The world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Scuba diving, hiking, and bay cruises
  • Carmel’s fine restaurants and unique shops
  • Championship golf courses like Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and the links at Spanish Bay
  • Big Sur’s wild coast
  • Pacific Grove’s Monarch butterfly migration point
  • Beautiful redwood groves
  • John Steinbeck’s original home and Cannery Road

Testimonials

"The Silent Awakenings experience is a gift you give yourself. Time to be silent in nature and surrounded by like-minded people. Time to disconnect from the outside world. Time to ask, listen, and learn about yourself, who you are, and what you want."
–Sue

"Silent Awakenings was unexpectedly profound. Something that I was deeply yearning for but not quite cognizant of. Awesome. Beautiful. Thank you."
–J.J.

"This retreat is an incredible opportunity to get in touch with your true self, to reflect on your life and give it a more meaningful direction, and to let your soul shine."
–Harry

"This experience was beyond explanation or words. My life changed in many ways that I could never have anticipated. So much so that much of the week after was completely remarkable. Every session was meaningful and one built upon another. It seemed to have a wonderful flow as I personally moved through the experience first with some difficulty but then as I gave into the movement, with great beauty and energy."
–Rebecca

Upcoming Event Dates

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Held in the beachfront lodge of Asilomar this retreat is designed specifically for experienced meditators who want to spend an extended period in silence, deepening their meditation practice and awakening to the beauty and richness of their own internal life.Program Info