Silent retreats: What they are, benefits & where to go

Posted on 12 May 2024 By Louise Bell

While spending a few days in solitude might sound like pure bliss, silent retreats can be challenging environments to adjust to. This mindful practice is a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself, slow down your mind and body, and soak in your surroundings without any stimulation to distract you.

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Are you looking to embark on a journey of self-discovery through serene and soundless retreats? Let’s delve into a few key facts that might inspire you to consider this transformative activity and determine whether it resonates with your personal growth aspirations.

What are silent retreats?

There are various ways to set up silent retreats. The most general type of this meditative journey involves remaining silent for a few days within a controlled environment. These retreats can be religious, spiritual, or simply a way to stray away from the grind of everyday life.

Many South African silent retreats focus on reconnecting with nature and adding yoga and meditation to ensure a peaceful experience.

What are the benefits?

  • A way to achieve a digital detox – In a world where technology has become glued to our being, a breakaway from the digital world can be a healthy practice to feel more present in the world. This way, you’ll be able to be mindful and work through your inner thoughts without being distracted.
  • Begin to listen rather than speak – By withholding your voice, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to your surroundings more deeply. This practice is especially helpful if you are prone to anger and outbursts.
  • Learn to be alone – It’s scary to be alone with your thoughts, but silent retreats offer a safe space to work through your inner dialogue in a peaceful environment.

Silent retreats in South Africa


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