Programs and Retreats

The New I.A.M. Retreat - Come to the Samadhi Center to Die Before you Die

At the Samadhi Center we have 3 main offerings:

3 Day Weekend Self Inquiry Intensives

As the energies in the matrix continue to intensify, new tools for awakening are appearing, and old tools are being reinvented and rediscovered in new ways. The self inquiry process at the Samadhi Center has been evolving over many years and I’m super excited about the new retreat format. This is the most direct way I know of to create the conditions for awakening to happen. Based on the self inquiry of Ramana Maharshi, insights from the Zen tradition, the Charles Berner self inquiry method as well as the dyad techniques used in modern psychology, this self inquiry creates conditions of no escape for the ego structure. Working continuously from early morning to late at night, participants alternate roles in dyads (groups of two), where one person is a witness and the other engages in deep inner investigation to realize their true nature. Check out the sample schedule for details.

The deepest conditioned patterns (samskaras) within the unconscious come up to be purified (witnessed without identification or reaction). The facilitators use various tools and techniques to point participants beyond the conditioned mind towards a direct experience of their true nature.

We can’t make awakening happen with the conditioned mind, but we can put in place the conditions to make it more likely, through surrender and continuous presence. Upon awakening there is a flip such that the sense of “I” goes from being identified with a character, to an unlimited “I”.  This flip is called Kensho in Zen (the word Kensho means seeing essence), Prajna Paramita in Mahayana Buddhism. In Western traditions the terms gnosis or apophaticism refer to the realization of our true or divine nature. 

Enrollment is on a first come first served basis. Cost: $600.00 per person plus the cost of accommodations.

• Cabin (single/private) $120 per night, per person
• Cabin Shared with a friend/partner $100 per night, per person
• Main building (semi private- single occupancy) $120 per night, per person
• Main building (semi private- double occupancy) $100 per night, per person
• Bunkie $150.00 per night, per person.
• Bunkie Shared with a friend/partner $120.00 per night, per person.
• Dorm room in the Center $100 per night, per person.
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3 Day Self Inquiry Intensive Dates:

• July 22nd-24th
• Oct 21st-23rd
• Nov 11th-13th

Personal Retreats

The personal retreats at the Samadhi Center are an opportunity for you to engage in deep meditation and self inquiry, following the daily schedule at the Samadhi Center, while optionally participating in the classes and teachings that we offer. Participants are expected to follow the daily schedule as best as possible. Meals (vegetarian, with gf/v options) are now included.

Dates Available: We now have dates open between:

• June 15th and August 30th, 2022
• September 15th and December 15th, 2022

Please note we require a minimum of 2 night stay.

Guidelines and Important Information

• Those attending the Center 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 certain scheduled group activities.

• Retreatants are encouraged to establish and maintain the self-directed daily meditation schedule as much as possible. We have created guidelines to make the personal retreat environment optimal for meditation.

Practice

To gain maximum benefit, participants are encouraged to enter into continuous practice, whether that is in the Zendo, in your cabin or room, or any other silent meditation or self-inquiry practice. Continuous practice on and off the cushion has a cumulative effect and leads to deep rewiring and realization of one’s true nature beyond the thinking and sensing self structure.

The Samadhi Center is not a place to come if you are simply looking for a relaxing getaway or holiday. The Samadhi Center is a place for people to do the inner development work required to purify themselves of conditioned patterns, and to realize their true nature so that they can become free of suffering which is due to identification with the false self.

If other participants are sharing the space with you then you will be expected to observe the times designated for cooking and to avoid making noise in the building during sitting periods.

Each participant will be responsible for setting their own alarm and falling into the meditation schedule as they want. As your retreat is self-directed, there is no morning bell during typical personal retreat periods.

Showers are permitted only during non-meditation periods.

Typical daily schedule:

4:00am-8:00am – Open Meditation Period
8:00am-9:30am – Breakfast (kitchen open)
9:30am-12:30pm – Meditation period
12:30pm-2:00pm – Lunch (kitchen open)
2:00pm-4:30pm – Meditation period
4:30pm-5:30 – Meditation or scheduled Sound Journey
5:30pm-7:00pm – Dinner (kitchen open)
7:00pm-11:00pm – Meditation period or other scheduled events

Meals

The Samadhi Center now offers daily meals (included in the cost of your stay). We offer simple vegetarian food with gf/v options (eggs, cheese, meat and fish are served separately). Participants with special dietary needs are expected to advise us upon registration. There will also be a variety of herbal teas and fresh fruit available during the day. You are welcome to bring food to supplement your meals. The food you bring should not require kitchen prep, as our kitchen is small. You can keep food in the fridge in the dining area and the freezer

Please do not bring food to outdoor cabins as it will attract wildlife. Meals will be eaten in silence.

Part of the practice of meditation is to observe and become free from the conditioned patterns that govern our lives. Because food preference can be a strong pattern for a lot of us, we intentionally offer a very simple menu during retreat.

A typical breakfast consists of cereal, granola, bread with jam/nut butters, coconut yogurt, juice, almond milk, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, boiled eggs, etc.

An example of a lunch would be soup, hummus, crackers, salad, olives, bread, bean salad, bread, date balls, fresh fruit.

The light dinner may include something like a light soup, kitchari (mung beans and rice), salad or vegetables.


Support and Other Services

Most classes and sessions take place at the hilltop studio (a 5 minute walk through the forest on the property) unless otherwise posted.

Some of the ways we can support your practice include:

Free Services
(included in the cost of your stay at the Samadhi Center)

Dharma talks with Jerome or Daniel. The times for dharma talks change weekly and will be posted at the Center.

Meditation/ self inquiry consultation is available with Daniel, Jerome, Jenn or John after morning meditation (before breakfast).

Sound meditation (gongs, singing bowls, sound healing instruments) – these happen every second day (usually from 4:30PM-5:30PM) in the zendo.

Yoga classes with Jerome every second day from 4:30PM-5:30PM in the zendo.

Additional Services
(additional cost per session)

Heart-mind tune-up (with Jerome)- 2.5 hour session involves meditation, chanting, cacao ceremony, and a sound bath journey. Group $65 per person minimum 3 people . Private 2 hour sessions $150.00.

Breath Work (Elemental Rhythm) with John Cross – private or group sessions available. 90 minute journey.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy with Jennifer Rennette. Sessions for one person are 1 hour and 15 minutes for $100. Sessions for two or more people are 1 hour and 30 minutes and $90 per person.

Reiki and sound healing sessions (with Jerome) – $90.00 for 75 minutes.

Karmic coaching (with Jerome) – $120.00 for 90 minutes.

Yoga Nidra classes with Jerome (daily) – drop-in $20 per class. Private classes $100.00 per class and additional $25 per added person.

Private yoga with Jerome. ($90 / $125) for 90 minutes.

Other scheduled events and sessions
(From the facilitators at the Samadhi Center)

Sound journey evenings– with Daniel and Lilla (free/ by donation). Sound is used as a powerful meditation tool to take participants into their inner worlds.

Community ecstatic dance (free/ by donation).
Based on the 5 rhythms format, the evening follows a wave from flowing to Staccato to Chaos to Lyrical and finally to Stillness. A typical Wave takes about an hour to an hour and a half to dance.


Arrival Time for Personal Retreats

If you have been to the Center before then you will not need an orientation. You can arrive on any day between the hours of 12:30 and 2:00pm* and settle yourself in. We will let you know your sleeping arrangements by email prior to arrival so you can take your luggage directly to where you will be staying. 

The arrival time falls during the lunch break for those participants who are in retreat. Please do not arrive outside of this window of time, as it can be disruptive for those using the zendo for formal practice.

If you have not visited the Samadhi Center before, we ask that you try to arrive as close to 12:30 as possible and we will give you a tour of the building and logistical intro talk without interrupting the other participants, as this is the scheduled time for lunch.

Accommodations

Once you complete the application form we will advise you as to whether the dates you are requesting and particular accommodations are available. After your application form is reviewed we may contact you to arrange a brief phone/skype or zoom meeting in order to address any issues and to ensure that the Center can offer you the space and experience you are looking for.  Once we’re all good to go, we’ll move on to request and process payment.

Upon approval we will send you a request for payment to hold your requested accommodation.

Personal Retreat Options and Rates:

• Cabin Private $120 per night, per person.


• Cabin Shared with a friend/partner
$100 per night, per person.



• Premium Bunkie $150.00 per night, per person.

• Premium Bunkie Shared with a friend/partner
$120.00 per night, per person.


• Dorm room in the Center $100 per night, per person.



• Private Room in the Center $120 per night, per person.

• Private Room Shared with a friend/ partner 
$100 per night per person.


Cancellation Policy  

In the event you need to cancel your attendance at a personal retreat you have paid for, as long as it is more than 48 hours in advance of your arrival date  we will provide a 100% refund. If you cancel after that we will refund 50% of the booking.

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IAM 10 day retreats 

After 15 years of doing meditation retreats and experimentation we have put together some of the best tools in the world for awakening and the realization of Samadhi. The synergies between the components of the new IAM retreats are a significant step forward in the meditation world for those who want to realize Samadhi as a permanent stage of one’s evolution.

This is a retreat for one who is serious on the path of awakening/enlightenment. We’ve taken the best elements from a variety of different modalities together to custom-build this retreat to help facilitate Samadhi and to free oneself of samskaras (conditioned patterns)which bring about identification with the false sense of “I”. Some elements in the schedule include:

  • Self-inquiry: a well-tested methodology using the dyad modality to stimulate a direct experience of your true nature.
  • Noble Silence: The container of silence is a time tested way to orient towards the inner worlds and to avoid activating the conditioned thinking mind.
  • Group Process: There is much value in sharing and learning what others are experiencing on the path, and there is a specific time in the retreat where you will be able to receive clarification and guidance in any areas.
  • Meditation: Every day we have five hours of meditation. This is the foundational practice for realizing your true nature. Meditation and self inquiry are eventually realized to be a singular process of stripping away of illusion.

In addition, there will be sound healing, breath work (“Elemental Awakening” breathwork facilitated by John Cross), ecstatic dance, and an opportunity for all-night meditation to enter deeper states of meditative absorption.

The retreat has been designed to lead to an experience of the state Samadhi, and we offer the insights and integration tools essential for the deep rewiring and purification of the self structure so that Samadhi becomes a permanent stage of development.

Check out a sample schedule

These retreats are limited to a maximum of 16 participants so that the ATW team can provide individual attention. These retreats are not for spiritual tourists or for those seeking some result or benefit in the external world. They are not something to add to your bank of spiritual “experiences”, but are for those at a certain point in the soul’s journey when one is ready to wake up from the illusion of the limited self and realize one’s true nature beyond name and form, and to learn to live a life guided by the spiritual heart.

Cost

$2800.00 CAD (includes food, and accommodations)*

Facilitators

Meditation and self inquiry – Daniel Schmidt

Facilitator – Lilla Balint

Breath work facilitator – John Cross

10 day IAM Retreat Dates

June 3-12th, 2022 (Full- waiting list only)

Sept 2-11th, 2022
(Full- waiting list only)

9 day IAM Retreat Dates**

Dec 30th 2022-Jan 7th, 2023 (Open for registration)



* The Samadhi Center is a not for profit initiative. We have many hard costs for these retreats including food, accommodations, facilitators, entheogens, cooking, cleaning etc. The cost also covers support staff, and the ongoing cost of maintaining the Center. In the spirit of the ancient traditions we endeavor to make the dharma available and accessible to all. If you feel a genuine call to this retreat but need financial help, we will consider each person’s situation on a case by case basis.

Refund policy: If a retreat gets cancelled because of a mandatory lockdown we will provide a100% refund. In the event you need to cancel your attendance at an IAM retreat, we will provide a 100% refund if we are able to fill the space. We typically need a t least 2 weeks notice to be able to fill a space.

** Please note that starting in 2023 the I.A.M. retreats will be 9 days long

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“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

~ The Gospel of Thomas

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