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Silence Speaks: 5 Hour Local Silent "Retreat"

  • The Yoga Ground 96 Washington Street West Orange, NJ, 07052 United States (map)
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We live in a loud world. Noise from social media, TV, politicians, and people's expectations of us can leave us feeling weary-eyed and overwhelmed. In an urban setting, there are some external noises we can't get rid of. We can, however, choose what we internalize. We can take time to get quiet, go inside, and listen to our own hearts, bodies, and minds.

Spend your morning in guided silence, exploring the lessons that introspection and observation can bring.

We will come together in the morning at The Yoga Ground and explore silence in these experiences:

  • 7-8am - Gentle yoga & meditation

  • 8-8:30am - Walking meditation to Nishuane Park (1 mile)*

  • 8:30-9:30am - Meditation exercise

  • 9:30-10:15am - Yoga & meditation

  • 10:15-10:45am - Free time

  • 11-11:30am - Walking meditation to The Yoga Ground (1 mile)*

  • 11:30-12 - Closing reflections & thoughts

*If walking will not work for you, you can drive to the park.

If you're new to extended periods of silence or have questions for us, please don't hesitate to reach out. Silence can be a nourishing and powerful experience, but can also be scary and intimidating to some people. Our 5-hour "retreat" is a great introduction for people curious about longer silent retreats.


  • No cell phones/technology will be allowed during these 5-hours

  • Please bring: water, a watch, a towel or blanket to sit on in the park, a journal, and a snack (if you will be hungry)

  • Wear layers and comfortable walking shoes as we will be outside for a few hours

Space is limited.

Pre-registration is required.

Rain date: Saturday 10/26


Before October 5: $32

October 5 or later: $48

Let us know if you would like to use the Yoga Bank.

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Kristen Brunello, RYT 500, is the owner of the yoga ground and a life coach specializing in eating disorder recovery. She asks that you drop what you think you know about yoga in order to actually experience the effect the practice can have on your body, heart, and mind and she will teach you how to let the wisdom of your body guide your practice. Kristen’s classes are true to her motto, “slow and steady”. They build in intensity allowing you to meet your edge and then decide if you can push further or need to back off. Kristen is constantly learning to love and accept her body’s strengths and limitations both on and off the mat and she encourages her students to do the same. She is forever grateful to her mentor Coby Kozlowski for infusing in her all of the lessons Kristen brings to her students today.

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