Doing Nothing Retreats are offers to be completely without doing and without plan, for a few days, in a protected place, surrounded by nature, in groups or alone.
The next Doing Nothing Group Retreat (No. 12) with Rani will take place in Jonathan Seminarhotel from 30. September to 3. October 2021. Invitation coming soon.
About the Retreats:
Rules – Doing nothing on Retreat means: not reading, not talking, not talking on the phone, not taking pictures, not listening to music, not formally meditating, and if possible, not thinking too much. Sitting, lying, walking, dozing and sleeping are allowed. It is not so much about HOW or WHAT you are, but rather ABOUT THAT you are. This also means not having to cultivate any particular state, such as being especially awake, aware, or open. Some mental ambiguity is part of it and is welcome.
Silent Beingness – In a group retreat we sit together in silence only very sometimes, otherwise everyone is more or less on their own. Being alone with oneself and with Nothing is essential for this path. Doing Nothing is not a group practice per se. Where you settle, how long you stay, when you get up to go intentionless, you decide yourself out of the moment. In this way, one can incidentally find out how joyful impulses differ from avoidance impulses. Nature supports this drifting with the forest, the gardens, the benches for sitting and the paths for walking. Some prefer to stay alone in their room or to sit longer in a church – this can also be extremely fruitful. There are no “breaks” in doing nothing. For example, it begins on a Friday morning and ends on a Sunday morning. In this case, the inner retreat lasts 48 hours. No matter how long or short, Doing Nothing retreats always have only one beginning and only one end. In between is the sacred time.
Meals in the group retreats are taken together in silence.
Introduction and one-on-one sessions: Rani usually offers a detailed introduction to the preparatory practice of Doing Nothing (Three Steps into Nothing) at the beginning of a retreat. She also conducts one-on-one sessions with each participant on the first and last day of each retreat.
Participation Requirements: Doing Nothing is not affiliated with any religion or organization. It is open to all people, regardless of faith, background or worldview. For those experienced with meditation practice, this concept-free and formless practice is particularly interesting, because it can be a test and an enrichment. However, it is not a prerequisite. Those who have been on the spiritual path for some time are just as welcome as those who have not yet experienced meditation.
What to expect – Pure not doing has a healing and strongly decelerating effect. The senses become clearer and brighter – seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling. Along with speed, subtle fears disappear, sometimes forever. Serenity happens, groundless joy of life happens. It is nourished by the feeling of reconnecting – with oneself, the earth, the universe and all living beings.
Should I be afraid to get involved? No! There have been participants who came to the retreat with fears. Without exception, all of them laughed about it afterwards. One participant was very connected to his iPhone and was afraid that he would not “survive” without his cell phone. He learned that this fear was just an idea and nothing real. Another participant thought it would be quite terrible for them to be silent for so long because she liked to talk a lot. She also laughed about it afterwards and took away how nice it can be to be silent. Another participant thought it would be mega difficult to do nothing at all, and she was afraid she wouldn’t be able to keep it up. She did not find this to be true either and was happy to experience that being without something to do is something she could love.
Pricing: We try to keep the prices for the retreats as low as possible so that they have little influence on the decision to attend or not. If you are low on incame talk to us and we find a solution.