Lake Biwa Silent Retreat

~from complete digital detox to silence~
 digital detox – meditation – tri yoga – veg food

Digital devices such as PCs and smartphones are versatile tools that provide us with convenience, hobbies and fun.

They are now indispensable for everything from business to private life, but at the same time, there are concerns about “social networking fatigue” and “digital life fatigue.

In addition, the stresses of our fast-paced daily lives and our strong attachment to the outside world are constricting our inner tranquility, causing a separation of mind and heart, and our five senses are constantly seeking fulfillment in the outside world.

The separation of mind and heart is said to be a cause of suffering in modern society, and the Indian tradition of the Vedas tells us that 80% of illness is caused by a deficiency in inner stillness.

It is as if our lives are being manipulated by stress!

Incorporating meditation into our daily lives is key to preventing this.

It is said that children usually emit a low frequency, whereas adults have a high frequency, which is especially high during work. By incorporating meditation, the frequency is lowered and the cells begin to harmonize, allowing us to live in a relaxed state of happiness, peace, and joy, just like a child.

Whether it is a typhoon, an atom, or the solar system, the strength of the stationary nucleus has a great impact on its activity. The more stable the eye of the typhoon is, the stronger the winds will be. Thus, inner stillness is the key to maximizing our potential.

The venue, Saikyoji Temple, is located in Sakamoto, Shiga Prefecture, at the foot of Mount Hiei overlooking Lake Biwa, and is the head temple of the Tendai Shinsei sect, which has more than 450 branch temples throughout Japan, and was founded by Prince Shotoku.

The temple was destroyed by fire when Nobunaga Oda burned down Mount Hiei, but was restored by Mitsuhide Akechi, who became lord of Sakamoto Castle.

It is also famous as the family temple of “Akechi Mitsuhide,” the main character in the NHK historical drama “Kirin ga Kuru.

During the retreat, participants will be cut off from cell phones, computers, and conversation, and will spend time in complete silence for introspection.

This is a two-day retreat where you can get away from your daily life and immerse yourself in tranquility.

Even if you have no experience in meditation, feel free to join us!

May inner stillness be the source and sustenance of your daily life.

DATE: July 12-13, 2022 (Tuesday and Wednesday)

VENUE: Saikyoji Temple, head temple of the Tendai Shinsei Sect
5-13-1 Sakamoto, Otsu-shi, Shiga


Day 1
13:30 Gathering Check-in 
16:00-18:00 Tri Yoga & Meditation
19:00-21:00 Dinner & Bath 
21:00-21:45 Evening Meditation 
21:45- Free time & Bedtime 

Day 2
6:30-7:00 Gongyo
7:00-8:00 Breakfast
8:00-10:00 Free time & check-out
10:00-12:00 Meditation & Tri Yoga 
12:00 Lunch, then dismissal

What is Tri Yoga?

Tri Yoga, from which the name Trinity Yoga is derived, began as Kriyavati Siddhi, when the cosmic energy of Kundalini descended upon the body of a then twenty-four year old American woman named Kali Ray in the form of a trinity of yoga positions (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and hand gestures (mudras).

The combination of relaxed wave-like movements, rhythmic pacing, and economy of motion makes TriYoga the most beautiful and refined form of yoga.

You can feel the overflowing circulation of nature’s energy, as if you can see the light, water, and mountains within you.

Each pure and transparent movement, energized by rhythmic breathing and delicate hand gestures, transforms into a smooth and seamless meditative flow that will lead you to a state of fine and quiet meditation.

There are no difficult poses, and even those with stiff bodies can participate without any problem.

Fees and Registration:

Participation fee: 38,000 yen (complete private room)
Application deadline: Tuesday, July 5

Please register by sending an e-mail to Emi Onishi at
Please make the subject line “Silent Retreat Participation” and provide the name and phone number of the person who will attend in the body of the message.
We will inform you how to remit the participation fee. 

*Cancellation Policy
Cancellation fee will be 50% from 1 week prior to the event and 100% from 3 days prior to the event.

*Number of participants
Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 8 

No cancellation fee will be charged in case of cancellation due to natural disasters, transportation, or instructor’s reasons.

*Physical condition
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, please take your temperature on the morning of the day. If the temperature exceeds 37℃, please contact us. In this case, 50% of the cancellation fee will be charged.

*About the participation fee
The participation fee includes accommodation, lessons, and 3 meals on the first night and breakfast and lunch on the second day.
Transportation to the venue is not included.

What to bring:

Yoga mat or a large cloth that can be used in place of a yoga mat.
Toiletries, towel, water bottle, mosquito spray, anti-itch medicine, analog alarm clock or watch.

Access to the venue:

 *JR Kosei Line “Hieizan Sakamoto” Station, 7 minutes by Ewa Bus (alighting at Saikyoji Temple) or 30 minutes on foot

*Take Keihan Railway “Sakamoto” station, get off at “Sakamoto” station, and take Ewa bus for about 4 minutes (get off at “Saikyoji” bus stop) or walk for 25 minutes.

*Parking is available, so please let us know in advance if you are coming by car.


Emi Onishi

Meditation Guide 
Certified Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant, American institute of Vedic Studies 
Tri Yoga Instructor 

Born in Kyoto, Japan and currently resides in Padua, Northern Italy 
Since 1999, she has traveled throughout Japan and the world, and discovered yoga on her first visit to India in the same year.
Based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, Yoga, Indian classical vocal music, Advaita Vedanta, and her own experiences, she proposes tips and lifestyles that help people to be healthy and beautiful in body and mind, and to live in harmony with nature with inner tranquility.