10 Day Silent Retreat at the sacred mountain of Arunachala in South India.

Effortless and choiceless awareness is our real nature. If we can attain it or be in that state, it is all right. But one cannot reach it without effort, the effort of deliberate meditation.

Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879 - 1950).


The Arunachala Meditation Retreat will be held at Anantha Niketan Ashram which is located 5 kms from the base of Arunachala. Anantha Niketan is a very beautiful and peaceful retreat centre which is owned and managed by Gopi and his wife Chitra. Anantha means "infinite, endless", and Niketan is "abode". This abode of the Infinite is set on 4 acres and is the ideal location for a silent meditation retreat with it's close proximity to the deep and powerful spiritual splendour of Arunachala.
See photos at the bottom of this page.

Arunachala, the Mountain of Light, has been revered since ancient times as Shiva or God himself in the form of a hill. The town of Tiruvannamalai nestles at the foot of the mountain and is home to the large and ancient Temple of Arunachaleshwarar.

The spiritual power of Arunachala has attracted saints, sages and spiritual practitioners down through the ages. Most recently the well-known sage Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879- 1950), widely regarded as one of the greatest sages of modern India, lived on and around the mountain for all of his adult life.

The support and space of a 10 day silent meditation retreat in a quiet and secluded country setting along with being in the presence of Arunachala, all combine to make this a precious opportunity to dive deep within. When we stop using thoughts to filter our experiences and just Be, we can then release and heal old patterns from the past. When old patterns and beliefs are surrendered we open up (or drop into) the revealation and realisation of one's Essential nature that is full of peace, stillness and Anantha (the Infinite).


Starts: 11.00 am, 21 February 2019
Finishes: 3.00pm, 3 March 2019

Note: There is the option to stay on for an extra night or two at the centre once the retreat finishes. This extra time can be used for local sight-seeing and more meditation.

Aruna's retreats are suitable for both the beginner and the experienced. Aruna has been holding weekly meditation sessions and running meditation retreats for over 10 years. He has visited Arunachala many times over the last 15 years, and has spent a total of 2 & 1/2 years of his life there. This is the 5th annual retreat to be held at Anantha Niketan. He has a deep connection to the place and feels it's his spiritual home.

The retreats are mainly conducted in silence except for the evening talk and discussion, guided instructions, relevant questions and the first and last meals of the retreat. Instructions and guidance in different meditation techniques will be given. These will involve the breath, body sensations, Self-enquiry, and walking meditation. Aruna will give some talks with discussion and question time. Private one on one interviews will also be offered to help clear any doubts that might arise for participants.

Doing a longer retreat with silence allows one to very deeply inquire within. Deep unconscious patterns of mental and emotional past can be met and dissolved with the Light of Awareness. There is enormous potential for inner transformation and healing, and a deep resting into the Essence of Life, an eternal peace of moment to moment Being.

The only true and full awareness is Awareness of Awareness. Till Awareness is aware of itself It knows no peace at all.

Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879- 1950)

Daily Program

5.30am Wake-up Bell
6.00am- 7.00am Meditation- Silent Sitting
8.30am Breakfast
10.30am- 12pm Meditation - Sitting & Walking
12.00pm- 1.00pm Yoga
1.00pm Lunch
3.30- 5.00pm Meditation - Sitting & Walking
6.00pm Dinner
(5.00- 7.30pm Free Time)
7.00pm- 8.30pm Meditation with Talk & Discussion

When I return to what I eternally was and am and always will be, I am what I wanted and I want what I am.

Meister Eckhart (1260- 1327)

Getting There

The town of Tiruvannamalai is a 3 &1/2 hour taxi ride (200km) from Chennai airport. The cost of the taxi is approximately R 3100. You could also take the bus.

Flights to Chennai from Australia generally go via Kula Lumpa (KL) or Singapore. The flight time to KL from Melbourne is a little under 8 hours. KL to Chennai is a little under 4 hours. Similar flight times through Singapore. 

To get to Anantha Niketan Ashram from Tiruvannamalai: Travel past Ramana Ashram towards Bangalore on the Chengham road. After 7.8 km from Ramana Ashram there is a road off to the right. This is just past the Krishnagiri 101 milepost and there is a sign to Anantha Niketan and another sign saying Pariyapaliyapattu 3. Along this road the ashram front gate is 1 km on the right.

If you arrive at Tiruvannamalai before the retreat starts you will need to have a hotel booked. We can help arrange taxi and hotel bookings, and give advice about booking on-line the flights to Chennai.


Cost and Registration

The cost of the Arunachala Meditation Retreat is $950 all inclusive.

The cost of the retreat includes all sessions, all meals (vegetarian) and accommodation.
The cost is all inclusive from 11am 21 February 2019 to 3pm 3 March 2019.

The cost of the retreat doesn't include your airfares and all the transfers (taxis, buses and rickshaws) to and from the Retreat Centre. The cost of the retreat doesn't include any extra nights at the Retreat Centre or other hotels and any medical expenses that you might incur.

Full payment for the retreat is due by the 15 January 2019.

Refund Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to secure your place. If there is a cancellation one month or more before the start of the retreat the full amount MINUS the non-refundable deposit of $200 will be refunded. For any cancellations less than one month but more than 2 weeks before the start of the retreat there will be a 50% refund. For any cancellations less than 2 weeks before the start of the retreat there will be no refund. If the retreat is cancelled by the Organisers, then your full payment including your full deposit will be refunded.

For bookings and more information please contact Aruna Giri on 0424 401 583
or email: arunagiri68@gmail.com