Pathless Yoga

Nondual Retreat with Joan Ruvinsky

Saturday, August 3 – Saturday, August 10

Light on the Hill Retreat Center
Van Etten, New York

Pond Bench Summer

Traceless, yet palpable, neither moving nor unmoving, the play of opposites unfolds in This, simultaneously bubbling up and being reabsorbed. Pure experiencing just happening, with no one in particular experiencing and nothing in particular being experienced, as all the while we superimpose names like Tuesday, work, play, retreat, practice, I, you. This 7-day predominantly silent retreat for seasoned practitioners affords the opportunity to inquire into the notions of experiencer, experienced and the possibility/actuality of pure experiencing. A myriad of practices from the Tantric Yoga tradition will be engaged, including quiet sitting, body and breath sensing, chant, yoga nidra, inquiry dyads, gazing, as well outdoor practices taken from the Vijñana Bhairava. Four gatherings in community per day are interspersed with free time for contemplation and integration. The gift of silence allows true listening to emerge. Each day dialogues deepen the understanding that is uncovered as the retreat progresses.

This 7-day silent retreat begins with dinner on Sunday, August 3 and ends with lunch on Sunday, August 10. The $1395 cost includes 7 nights single accommodation and 21 gourmet vegetarian meals. Please note: It is required that you arrive in time for the opening session on Sunday, August 3 and that you plan to remain until the end of the closing session at noon on Sunday, August 10. Please be sure to take into consideration the retreat’s beginning and ending times when you making your travel arrangements.

Sample Schedule:

6:00-7:00 a.m.                          Personal Practice (optional)
7:00-8:00 a.m.                          Breath Sensing and Quiet Sitting
8:00 a.m.                                 Breakfast
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.               Bodysensing and Yoga Nidra
12:30 p.m.                               Lunch
3:30-6:30 p.m.                          Dyads and Discussion
6:30 p.m.                                 Dinner
7:30 p.m.                                 Kirtan, Poetry and Quiet Sitting

Retreat size: This retreat is limited to 28 participants. By application only.

Application Process: This retreat is appropriate for those whose pursuit of freedom is (or has been) an urgency, not a luxury, for those who are comfortable maintaining silence, who are interested in intense self-inquiry and in the adventure of the disidentification that this tradition invites.

To apply: Call or email Kathleen Knipp  514-527-7444 or

CEU’s: The 7-day retreat provides yoga teachers who are members of Yoga Alliance with 52 contact hours.

Confirmation, directions and a packing list will be sent via email once your registration has been received.

Information and registration:
download the registration form
Kathleen Knipp 514-527-7444 or
7-day retreat for $1395 including single housing and vegetarian meals

About Pathless Yoga

joan-ruvinsky-pathless-yogaIn 1989, after 13 years of attempts at path-finding, Joan Ruvinsky met Jean Klein, who, having never taken himself to be a teacher, eliminated the need to be a student, to have a path, a method or a goal. At home in these nondual wisdom teachings, Joan shares body sensing yoga, conversation and presence at her center Pathless Yoga La voie sans voie in Montreal and at retreats in Canada and the US. She has kept close fellowship with Richard Miller and Éric Baret since their days together with Jean Klein.

Joan has the regular approbations from Integral Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy and Yoga Alliance E-RYT500. She offers satsang and the occasional seminar on body sensing, yoga history and philosophy, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and iRest® Yoga Nidra, in both French and English.