It was my first single retreat.
I felt perfectly prepared for it in the silent retreat, the week before my individual one: Through the security of the silent group with Pir Zia’s words, the sounds of nature and listening to my inner being.
In the individual retreat many things began to flow that I could not and cannot put into words. More and more frequently my restless mind gave pause for thought and I found this silence in my head very special and healing. Through the daily encounter with my guide and the common meals with the retreat participants in silence, I felt safe. Next year, I want to experience this extraordinary time again.
Being in Nature, in silence with myself – not speaking – strengthened my relation to God and helped me to reconnect with my soul. Working with a guide, made it safe and I felt the process of the retreat had an impersonal way of giving me insight and a new perspective to work with my life‘s challenges. The retreat lives on in me ever since I am back home.
It’s been a wonderful week for me. I plunged into a silence I had never experienced before. A silence that came from my heart and brought me peace. For many hours I sat in nature and at some point I had the feeling of being one with it. Gratitude also flooded me in those days, I realized how many people supported me so that I could do this retreat. I was grateful to my body for all the experiences I had here on earth. I was also grateful to Mother Earth that she is just ever there, for all beings 🙂
I am happy that my journey now continues in everyday life. Strengthened by the retreat and by the guidance of my teacher.
In the retreat process it is possible for the inner peace to slowly return. There is time for the inner life as it is, to discover my inner being, who I really am.
Old and repressed things can then come up and be released, which again gives way for the inner potential, that is still unused and wants to be discovered. While living in the tent, I experienced different places according to their atmosphere, and it was also possible to go up to the retreat area while living in the containers, with daily walks – especially recommended during the general week of silence.
My best experiences during my stays in nature: to feel the extreme bond to nature and to the qualities of the Wazaif.
To dive into the energy of this special place where many people have already lingered in silence before me, is something very special. It helps me to go deeper and deeper into myself, to get to know myself better and to connect with nature. It helps me to realize that we cannot live without nature and that, we ourselves, are a part of nature. The splashing of the brook leads me into silence. I love to sit at the brook…
On this path to myself I also enjoy the daily support of a loving guide.
I return to everyday life, powerful and clear. This experience accompanies me throughout the year and is renewed and deepened from year to year.
This summer we are offering online individual retreats:
When doing an individual retreat, your stay can be as short as a week or as long as four weeks. The retreat process is carefully structured and led by a qualified retreat guide that you choose. During the retreat, you will meet daily with your guide to receive practices to do during the day and have time to discuss questions that may arise during the retreat.
Our retreat guides have undergone extensive training in the retreat process of the Sufi tradition as taught by Pir Vilayat Khan. The guides are familiar with all aspects of the retreat: physical, psychological, and spiritual. In order to do an individual retreat, you must speak with a guide beforehand. We have a wonderful group of guides from around the world who come to Campra for the summer. They have done numerous retreats themselves, and offer others a sure hand during retreat.
Here is an overview of the guides that are available.