You are silence

Fall Silent Retreat in Lady Smith, Quebec and online

From October 17, 6 pm, to the 20, at 3 pm, 2024

Return home refreshed with a clear mind and  new insights to direct your life. !

This 4-day silent retreat treats your inner desire to be well to reconnect with your inner power and let go of the obsolete.

Silent retreats are a great way to rest, contemplate and deepen your self-inquiry.

Retreats with Berdhanya include periods of Satsang (oral teachings), meditation, seva (service) meditation, breathontology sessions, ayurveda massages (not included in the price), and yoga.

Seekers from all walks of life and experience levels (including beginners) are welcome!

Berdhanya had facilitated silent retreats

3 times a year for 25 years!

Cost for a retreat at the lake: $500.00, includes food and accommodation

A $ 100.00 non-refundable deposit is needed to reserve your spot.

Cost for Online participation: Cd $ 450.00


Credit card Payment is here.

Silence is to descend from the chatting of the mind to the stillness of the heart.

Silent retreats have been used in the yogi tradition for thousands of years to enter into the world within. Restricted stimulation of the senses, silence, diet, Ayurveda, meditation, yoga, contemplation and self-inquiry sustains our deepest desire to know the self.  The silent retreat is an opportunity to learn about yourself and to firmly establish your personal connection. Powerful meditation techniques bring the mind to one-pointedness and stillness. Practices of concentration and contemplation focus our attention effortlessly towards one direction in our life. We learn inner reflection and how to create the right environment to sustain and balance our daily life. It is in the within that our outer life becomes calm and peaceful. The practice of introversion is complemented by teachings that facilitate the proper perception of our reality and inner realization.

Silence Retreats are 4 days dedicated to rest, self-examination and the realization of the true Self.

The course Practical Awakening is a prerequisite for this program.

The deeper we go within, the quieter the mind becomes.

Fall Silent Retreat


October 17, 6 pm to  October 20, 3 pm. 2024

The theme of the retreat: The Inward Breath


Fall is a powerful season that prepares us for winter, for the body is an unsettled season. Therefore, our silent retreat focuses on stabilization, purification, and preparation for the winter months to come.

In this particular retreat, we will explore the current of Prana in the three hearts—deeply purifying, calming, and centring.


Limited space at the lake, unlimited space online.


Cost for a retreat at the lake: $500.00, includes food and accommodation

A $ 100.00 non-refundable deposit is needed to reserve your spot.

Cost for Online participation: Cd $ 450.00


Credit card Payment is here.

Ayurvedic treatments with qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner Sebastian Peralta

Special prices for Retreats

Ayurveda body treatments facilitates  and supports the stillness and the natural purification that occurs during silent retreats. During retreats the body deserve pampering and deep relaxation. Ayurveda massages had being used for hundred of years to bring the body to total regeneration and balance.

Treatments are available on Friday and Saturday.

Our qualify ayurvedic practitioner facilitates:

Adbhyanga massage: $ 90.00, One hour. Full body massage with medicated oils. Our practitioner works with organic oils for each dosha.

Head Massage: $ 45.00, 30 minutes.

Face massage: $ 45.00, 30 minutes.

You need to make reservations with Sebastian before the retreat to book your treatments.

Pay for your treatment directly to Viveda.- Treatments are not included in our program.

Considerations Before your retreat

Learn the details
To make your retreat deeper please read carefully this details.
Where to go and meeting time

For online participants, we will send you a Zoom link after registration.

For registrations in person, our retreat is facilitated in Pontiac, Quebec, in our private lake retreat center. Our facilities are 45 minutes from Ottawa.

Address: 18 Cosgrove St., Lake Thorn. Pontiac.

Meeting time is at 6 pm on Thursday.

Directions from Shaville

From Shawville, take 303 towards Ladysmith. Go 5 or 6 Km. 

There will be a sign on the fifth call. Carteris turns right before the curve on Wesley.

Go down to Wesley to the end, turn left.

Go over the bridge and go to the end of that road. That will take you to Thorne Lake Road.

Turn left on Thorne Lake Road. 

The second right is called Killoran; turn right on Killoran.

Go left on Cosgrove on the Y, go through the gate, and our place is on the right.

This is a residential retreat. We offer 1 private room, dormitories and a 2 couple rooms in our cottage.

If weather permits, camping is an option.

Accommodations are based on the needs of the student and the time of registration.

Agenda of the retreat
Thursday evening

6 pm registration and orientation

6:30 pm to 8 pm session

Friday and Saturday

8:00 am breakfast

9:00 am to 12 pm am session

1:00 pm lunch

2:00 pm body work, or nap

2:30 pm seva

4:00 pm to 6 pm session

6:00 pm dinner

7:00 pm body work or free time

8:00 pm end of the day program


8:00 am breakfast

9:00 am to 12:00 pm session

1:00 pm lunch

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm session

3:00 pm end of the retreat

What to bring
  • Meditation kit (cushion, shawl and a large blanket). The retreat involves several sittings a day in meditation, so bring what you think you need to make you comfortable. If you are not used to sitting in meditation, seats are available.
  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Your water bottle. We have a beautiful and bountiful amount of spring water. We encourage you to drink plenty of water during the retreat.
  • Bring your toiletry and bedding.- We supply blankets, bed covers, and pillows.
The diet of silence retreat follow the ayurvedic principals. Our diet focus in purification and simplicity. We consider your own ayurvedic dosha for balance and rest of your digestive system.

During the retreat we will be doing a monodiet of kachari. Learn here what a monodiet is.

If you have sensitivity to ghee, please let us know. Bring your own oil.

We will supply 3 meals a day on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, one meal. For your breakfast at home, we suggest you take some leftovers from us, or cook your own kicharee at home. Find the recipe here.

Use the  week before the retreat to start eating light.

If any food restrictions, please bring your own vegetarian ffod.

Post retreat care
The retreat finishes Sunday at 3 pm. Please schedule time for you to rest in the containment of your own home.

Avoid heavy food.

“Retreats with Berdhanya have become a must for me. For the serious student of meditation and inner-peace a step outside the regular routine is an essential journey to take. The silence retreat is a delicious opportunity to spend in inner contemplation, physical rejuvenation and spiritual expansion. Thank you Berdhanya for the retreats, I look forward to the next one.”


A retreat is a chance to suspend the judgments of my mind, and to reset the senses form endless stimulation. During the compression of silence I learn to forgive the hash critiques of life, and I find life’s inner beauty. I can participate in life in a more authentic relaxed and loving way.”

” What a pleasurable weekend ! I feel totally revitalized and refreshed after my short time here. Retreat can be a bit intimidating at times- leaving the comfort of home for a break in a total silence, knowing that I have to see parts of myself that I did not want to see…..but the serenity and rest are incomparable, better that the best of spas.”


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