The Retreats are held at Vasanta Vihar, which was Krishnamurti’s home in India. It has a library (The Study) with a vast collection of Krishnamurti books, audio and video tapes, a guest house with facilities for stay and food, and a bookstore, all set in an atmosphere of solitude and silence.
The Retreat begins with an introductory programme at 6 p.m. on Friday. Please check in between 2:00 pm and 5.30 pm.
The two-day programme will consist of formal dialogues around a theme, informal conversation, video-screenings of Krishnamurti’s talks and discussions, time for study, reflection, and the silence.
Participants especially those coming from outstation are welcome to stay a few days more, either before or after the Retreat, if they so wish. The number of participants in the Retreats will be restricted to about 15.
Kindly avoid last-minute cancellations and inform us at least 3 days in advance to enable us to accommodate others on our waiting list.
RETREAT FEE: INR 1500
This includes accommodation, food, study material, and use of the library for two days.
Payment can be made on arrival or anytime during the course of the retreat.
Payment for staying for more days, before or after the Retreat, will be Rs. 750 per day.
GUIDELINES FOR GUESTS
Be punctual for all our programmes and meals—do not keep others waiting.
Use cell phones only in your rooms, and not in The Study, Retreat venues, Dining Hall, and other common areas on the campus.
Lock your room, and do not leave your passport, cash, and other valuables lying around.
Clothes such as shorts or mini-skirts outside your room are considered inappropriate at Vasanta Vihar.
Do not leave lights, water heaters, and fans on when you are not using them.
Refrain from non-vegetarian food, cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs.
“Don’t you also want to go away sometimes to be quiet and take stock of things and not merely become a repetitive machine, a talker, explainer and expounder? Don’t you want to do that some time, don’t you want to be quiet, don’t you want to know more of yourself? All the same, it is good to retreat to be quiet and to take stock of everything that you have done.
And I think it is essential sometimes to go to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely, and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or do not believe. You would then let in fresh air into your minds. Wouldn’t you?” — K