Auckland generally holds an All-day meditation retreat in late summer, and one in June. Additionally, members attend a National (weekend) retreat held towards the end of the year (usually October), when members of all the New Zealand SRF groups meet to meditate together.
The idea of merely getting away from the unceasing demands of everyday life may hold great appeal for you. Or you may be seeking answers to grievous problems that can only be resolved as you deeply reflect and gain insight. Whatever your motivation for attending, your retreat is successful when you cultivate a deeper, more personal relationship with God – the Divine Indweller that is the source of life, health, inspiration, and happiness. Retreating from the relentless activity of “regular life” will allow you to renew your strength, and bring you ever-greater peace and joy.2
Why seek God with others?
Yogananda called group retreats and meditations, “a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators.” He said that meditating together “increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.”3
Practically speaking, this occurs because we become like the people we mix with – not only through their words, but through the silent vibration that emanates from them. Yogananda said that environment is stronger than willpower. Thus, those who wish to advance spiritually should seek out spiritual environments – the company of like-minded spiritual aspirants.
But don’t take our word for it. Come and experience for yourself the joy and blessings of silence with others. Watch this space for our retreat flyer, out soon.