On Campus Program

Stillness and Liberation A Silent Retreat Commemorating Buddha’s Enlightenment


“Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.” - Buddha

In the 21st century when stillness and silence are hard to come by, fast-paced living keep us constantly bouncing from one task to another. What would happen if you were to just sit and be? What would come up for you in the spaces between your thoughts, your breath, your heartbeat?

Join gifted teacher, celebrated author, and documentary filmmaker, Hawah Kasat, and explore the depths of silence and solitude. Hawah will guide you with a culturally sensitive soft touch and a big compassionate heart toward the bounty of silence. Through both guided and silent meditation practices, pranayama, dharma talks, and light movement, you will work on the transformational and liberating act of "stilling the monkey mind".

This silent meditation retreat coincides with Bodhi Day, December 8, which is the day the Buddha achieved enlightenment through meditation. Around the globe, this auspicious day is honored and celebrated through chanting, prayers, and learning about the Buddha’s life. This retreat is suitable for those who have never taken a vow of silence and want to explore what it feels like to observe noble silence, as well as veteran silent retreaters who want to tune up their senses of awareness and perception. 

NOTE For most of this retreat, participants will be encouraged to take a vow of noble silence—so there will be no writing, reading, or talking. There will be certain hours of the day when writing will be permitted and a Q&A will take place. Some days and time periods even eye contact with others will be discouraged.  

Included in Your Stay


Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

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Hawah Kasat is an artist, author, educator, community organizer, and yogi. For over two decades, he has been teaching yoga, mindfulness, social-emotional literacy, conflict transformation, the healing arts, and trauma-informed care to all types of students from around the globe.

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