Advanced Sadhana Course

(14 or 20 days Advanced sadhana retreat)

El Silencio” Sadhana Kutir, San Carlos-Uruguay

14 days option: November 30th to December 13th

20 days option: November 30th to December 19th

This is an intensive practice retreat, with a special focus on advanced pranayama and study of the classic text “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”.
Is a time of seclusion and introspection to dedicate full time to the practice of Yoga to control the Prana and induce a meditation state and spiritual awakening.
According to the classical yoga scriptures, Hatha Yoga is a preparation for Raja Yoga or meditation.
Hatha Yoga is not just about stretching the body and being flexible, but it is rather a science to control the body and Prana in order to control the mind.
The course is especially intended for Sivananda TTC or ATTC graduates, but we open it also to other experienced and sincere yoga practitioners who live a yogic lifestyle and want to deepen their inner experience and learn the Hatha Yoga classical tradition as taught by Swami Vishnudevananda. We teach this course only to small groups in a seclusive place in the middle of the Nature, an ideal place for this kind of practices.

To take this course you don´t need to be very flexible or have any particular physical acomplishments, neither to be able to hold your breath for long time or anything like that. There would be a natural progress on that through the practice in the course. The most important requisite is that you are able to follow a daily routine and discipline, follow exactly what the teachers ask you to do, go to bed early at night and get up very early in the morning, as well as to follow the other rules mention below.

This course begins with a 14 day part and continues after with an optional level of 6 extra days. So after the initial 14 days you have the option to stay for up to 20 days in order to go into deeper levels of practice and study. The second level is just a continuation of the first level, you cannot come just for the second level alone. You have to take the first part even if you have already taken it before.

The idea is to help each one to progress from the level they are now, in order to have a deeper direct spiritual experience by spending a dedicated time for sadhana in an appropriate environment.

In this course we have some group practices as well as individual practices. In the beginning there are more group classes and then gradually we give room to more time for individual practice according to the guidance of the teachers.

Daily Schedule

The following will be the daily schedule for the beginning of the course, but it will be adjusted and changed during the course along with the progress in the practices.

04:00 - 04:30
Wake up and personal practice of some kriyas
05:00 – 06:00
Advanced pranayama, group practice
06:00 - 07:30
Satsang: Meditation and Mantra chanting
08:00 – 09:30
Asana practice. It will be alternating between group class and individual practice
09:30 – 10:00
Rest
10:00 – 11:00
Brunch
11:00 – 12:00
Karma yoga. Students will be asked to perform one hour of selfless service to keep up with the community needs
12:00 – 13:30
Time for personal sadhana and rest. Students will be given some practice to do during this time (pranayama and Japa), about one hour, and then some time to rest
13:30 – 14:00
Light Snack
14:00 – 15:30
Study of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga sutras and the theoretical/philosophical understanding of hatha and raja yoga
16:00 – 17:00
Asana practice (sometimes group class, other times individual practice)
17:00 – 18:00
Advanced Pranayama (sometimes group class, other times individual practice)
18:00 – 19:00
Dinner
19:30 – 21:00
Satsang- meditation and mantra chanting
21:30
Going to bed

This is an international bi-lingual course, taught in English and Spanish.
Some classes will be taught in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish and some will be in Spanish with translation to English.

The retreat is still small and there is a limited capacity. Only small groups will be taken.

Register in advance!! Limited capacity

Topics of study :

  • Philosophy, practice and aim of hatha yoga and its relation to raja yoga
  • Detailed analysis of the 3 bodies, 5 koshas and the effects of the various practices
  • Yoga and the 3 gunas
  • Yoga and the 3 ayurvedic doshas
  • How to balance and increase prana, tejas and ojas
  • Yogic diet
  • The environment for practice
  • Common obstacles and aids to the practice
  • Study and practice of yogic kriyas, asanas, pranayamas, bandhas, mudras
  • How to advance in the practices according to different levels of experience and according to different physical/mental individual conditions
  • Pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi in the hatha yoga system

Course teachers :

This course is directed by Krishna Darshan and Maha Shakti. To see more information about them click here.

Tuition and fees :

14 days option....US$ 1050 or US$ 980 if you have already taken this course with us

  • Arrival Day: November 29th
  • Inauguration ceremony: November 30th 6am
  • Graduation ceremony: December 13th 8pm
  • Departure Day: December 14th

20 days option...... US$ 1300 or US$ 1200 if you have already taken this course with us

  • Arrival Day: November 29th
  • Inauguration ceremony: November 30th 6am
  • Graduation ceremony: December 19th 8pm
  • Departure Day: December 20th

You are welcome to arrive the day before starting the course (November 29th) with no extra cost, to have time to settle down and rest.
If you want to arrive a few days earlier it may be possible, but please consult with us in advance, we will let you know about availability and donation fees according to how many days earlier you are coming for.

If you can not stay for the whole second part of the course, you can pay by day. After the 14th day the cost will be US$ 65 a day (per extra day). If you have any doubt about this, tell us how many days you can stay and we'll calculate the cost for you.


Includes the course, accommodation and vegetarian meals (two main meals plus one light snack a day)

Transportation is NOT included (to and from the retreat place)

Payment methods
Cash, Western Union, Paypal.If you pay with credit card (online only) we'll charge you an extra 10% because that's what it cost to us. The deposit can be paid with credit card ONLY though Paypal, but the rest should be paid cash, otherwise it will have a 10% extra charge.

To register

  • $ 200 dollars, non-refundable deposit

  • Fill in the form that will appear in a new page and we will send you instructions for payment, only then you will have a reservation. Information about how to reach the place according to where you are coming from will also be sent.
  • Your payment or donation is the way for us to maintain the place and keep expanding it to allow more people to benefit, thank you very much!

    Accommodation
    There are 12 beds available total within the main house and cabins, those are in shared rooms.
    If you want to keep your privacy, please bring your own tent. There is plenty of tenting space available in beautiful natural surroundings.
    Beds in dormitory’s or cabins are only available to the first people who request them. After that there will be only tent space.
    We have a couple of tents available, only for those who request them first. If you don’t want to travel with your own tent, let us know immediately to reserve one for you if they are still available.

    Rules and regulations
    El Silencio is not a hotel or hostel . It is a family house where we follow the ancient and traditional "Gurukula" system, where the students live for a while with the teacher, like a family. That´s why we don´t have a housekeeping service. Each person should take care of cleanning his/her own space and we will share the cleaning of common areas like toilettes, kitchen, class room , etc. During the course and stay at "El Silencio" , we ask you to observe the following rules, to help maintaining a Sattvic atmosphere in the place and mind:

    * Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take any drugs, meat or fish
    * Very important: It is mandatory (unless there is an emergency) to keep complete silence between 22:00hr and 05:00hr. No talking, chatting or listening to music during this time, to respect all the people that is already in bed
    * Observe ahimsa or non-violence towards anybody in body, action, speech and thought
    * Do not hunt, kill or harm any animal
    * Do not pollute the place by leaving garbage of any sort
    * Respect and keep silence as much as possible, avoid shouting, screaming or loud music
    * Please participate in the practices as much according to your physical capacity and follow the instructions of the teachers explicitly only
    * Do not light any fire, incense nor candles in the whole property including tents or bedrooms
    Only authorized staff will be in charge of incense and other fire related items.

    What to bring
    • Yoga mat
    • Notebook to take notes
    • The book: Hatha yoga Pradipika, with the commentary of Swami Vishnudevananda

    • Neti pot, used to practice Neti kriya. Contact us if you don´t have one.
    • If you are going to stay in a tent, please bring your own sleeping bag or blankets and towel
    • Boots. If you like to walk in the wild nature it is useful to wear boots to prevent thorns and mud especially if it rains
    • Toiletries items
    • Flashlight
    • Bathing suit (there is a river in the property)
    •Proper clothing: During this time the weather is usually warm and pleasant, but nevertheless it can be cool sometimes in the early mornings or evenings, so make sure you have some warm cloths for those times.

    How to reach the place
    We are 21km away from San Carlos city, Maldonado state, 40km from Punta del Este city and around 160km from Montevideo, capital of Uruguay.

    If you are flying to Uruguay:

  • Arrive at Montevideo city's Carrasco international airport (MVD) and from there take a bus to San Carlos (2 hours long). From San Carlos there are buses that will leave you 1km away from "El Silencio", we will be there waiting to pick you up if you let us know in advance. . You can also come from San Carlos by taxi. After you register for the course we will send you more detailed information about the transportation and a map and bus schedule to see which one fits your connections best.

    If you are coming from Montevideo

  • By car: We will send you a map with detailed instructions on how to reach us. It's quite simple.

  • From "Tres Cruces" bus station: There are many daily buses from Montevideo to San Carlos. From San Carlos there are buses that will leave you 1km away from "El Silencio", we will be there waiting to pick you up, if you let us know in advance. . You can also come from San Carlos by taxi. After you register for the course we will send you a map and bus schedule to see which one fits your connections.
  • Register in advance!! Limited capacity