**** Please note, the Center will be closed during December and January and will re-open on Feb. 11th 2019 for personal retreats. ****
Also be aware that travel to the Samadhi Center during winter months may mean that you will be driving through snow and typical Canadian winter conditions. If you are renting a vehicle please make sure it has snow tires, and ideally 4-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive capability.
Coming to the Samadhi Center for a Personal Retreat is a wonderful option for those who are unable to attend during formal retreat periods, or looking for more solitude during their stay. Off grid and tucked away in a beautiful pine forest, the Center offers an ideal environment for anyone who is looking to unplug from the external busyness and routines of their life to discover and explore their inner worlds through meditation practices.
If you are coming for a personal meditation retreat we suggest a minimum of 2 nights to benefit from being in retreat. The zendo schedule during personal retreats involves 6 hours of meditation per day (self-directed), but sometimes lead by Daniel or Tanya. Click here to view the zendo schedule.
Personal retreatants are expected to maintain silence at all times in order to honour the needs of other meditators on the property. Talking is allowed during one-on-one meetings with facilitators and any scheduled group discussions. Retreatants are also strongly encouraged to establish and maintain a regular self-directed daily meditation schedule.
Personal retreatants are expected to do as much of the formal meditation practice as possible each day, whether that is in the Zendo, in your cabin or room, or any other silent meditation or self-inquiry practice. It is not a place to come if you are simply looking for a relaxing getaway. The Samadhi Center is a place for those who want to do the inner work required to realize their true nature and want to work seriously on their path.
Participants during personal retreats are responsible for bringing and preparing their own food. Organizing a plan for simple meals before you arrive will help your retreat unfold with less disruption. The kitchen is fully equipped and will provide some basic food supplies such as spices and cooking oils. Please note that we do not have a freezer available in the Center, but there is a freezer elsewhere on the property that can be used if required.
For those staying longer than five days, arrangements can be made for a member of our support team to go do a grocery shop in town for you if needed. To avoid disrupting the meditation practice of other participants, meal prep, eating and clean up are done during designated meal times: 7:00am-9:00am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm.
While there may not always be a Samadhi Center support team member in the Center, there will be one available by phone at all times in the event of emergency. Personal retreatants must be comfortable with solitude as they may spend a good part of their retreat at the Center alone.
Private one-on-one interviews are available several times a week with Daniel Schmidt if requested. These meetings serve as an opportunity to ask questions about your meditation practice or any other topic that relates to the path to awakening. There is no extra fee for this service, however Dana donations are greatly appreciated when possible.
Daniel, as well as other facilitators affiliated with the Center may be available to offer a variety of modalities including use of sound to bring consciousness the inner world. Shamanic coaching sessions with Henry may also be available. There is an additional fee for these private sessions, details of which will be provided on request.
Booking and Fees
Please contact us at: email@example.com if you are interested in booking a personal retreat, indicating the dates that you wish to attend. We will then advise you as to whether the dates you are requesting are available. If you have not attended one of our retreats before, we will send you a Personal Retreat Registration Form, and upon approval send you a request for payment to hold your requested accommodation. The fee for the personal retreats is $50 per night. This includes your accommodation and meetings with Daniel.
In the event you need to cancel your attendance, as long as it is more than 30 days in advance we will provide a 100% refund. If you cancel within 14-29 days of your arrival date we will refund 75%. If you cancel within 2 weeks we will refund 50%. Once you begin your retreat your payment is non-refundable, regardless of whether you stay for the entire time booked.