The Big Glow Silent Retreat

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The Gainesville Retreat Center

1551 Southeast 51 Street

Gainesville, FL 32641

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“The Big Glow silent retreat was the perfect blend of stillness, yoga, breath-work and connection, all guided perfectly by amazing facilitators. I feel that we were assisted in exactly the right way for our needs. Such an open, authentic and natural environment, that really lent itself beautifully for the purpose of the weekend! So grateful for what you created for us.” Lyra Culverhouse

For Thousands of Years - Artists, Visionaries & Spiritual Seekers have gone into Silent Retreats to recharge with Source Energy, Reclaim their Power & Voice and Embody their Purpose. Now, you can do the same…

Don’t just sit still in Silence. Embody it through dance, yoga, movement, meditation and prayer.

Who It’s For:

Coaches & Healers who Struggle to Put Themselves First

High-Performing Executives who Need to Slow Down & Restore for their Next Big Leap

Busy Parents who Give their All to their Children and Need to Re-Charge

Soul seekers who are ready to find inner-peace and an intimate relationship with the Divine

Those ready to discover their true soul essence and calling, to elevate their purpose in the World

Do you sometimes feel it would good to have a few days of peace and quiet, in a beautiful natural setting, away from the city, and away from your normal patterns and routines? Do you sometimes feel like you could use a few days away from the stressful pressures of work, finances. children, preparing meals, cleaning the house and time thinking about everyone else?

Do you feel you could use some time to connect more deeply within yourself?

Socially do you feel you could use more time away from trying to impress other people, pressure to say the right thing, to tell the right story, and to present yourself in the proper way?

Do you sometimes feel like you could use more time just to relax... unwind... rest... in a place where nothing needs to be done... and you can just... well... discover yourself and BE yourself?

What would open?

What would you discover?

What deeper inquiries would become available to you?

What deeper answers would be revealed inside you?

What new creative impulses and ideas would emerge through you?

We all can benefit greatly from the restorative, rejuvenating power of a silent retreat.

For thousands of years, silent retreats have transformed the lives of millions of people around the world from all walks of life. The power of these retreats is time tested. There is a collective, supportive power in coming together in silence.

By popular demand we are back at the Gainesville Retreat Center for 4 days to lead our unique style of Embodied Silent Retreat.

Benefits:We all can benefit greatly from having a space where the only requirement for a few days is to BE.

These silent retreats allow the nervous system to relax, the mind to quiet, the heart to open. They allow us to discover a deeper, more authentic sense of who we really are... and to express it in the world.

The paradox is in taking this time for ourselves, and discovering the essential stillness within, we move forward from these retreats being a better partner, a better parent, a better friend, and a better citizen.

In discovering a more authentic sense of who we really are, we develop a natural deepening of intimacy with the world around us and all those who inhabit the retreat with us.

We discover a greater clarity and empowerment within to actualize our true purpose.

The Unique Style of Embodied Silent Retreats ™

This is not your typical silent retreat where you will be sitting in silent meditation all day until you lose circulation in your legs.

There will be some sitting meditation, however the greater intention here is to bring silent mindfulness to all the aspects of your day, and all the aspects of your life.

This includes mindfulness in eating: taste, chewing and digestion.

To walking each day with presence, alive to your senses and the world around you

To dancing.

To napping and resting

To yoga

To breathing

To self-expression

To making music

To journaling

To BEing authentically You

There will also be one facilitated session by mindfulness coach Brian Piergrossi each morning that involves talking and reflecting together and the previous day and the day ahead.. as well as a closing circle..



Orientation/Check in 9:00 to 10am

Opening Circle (introductions / overview / sharing intentions) 10- 11:30am

Lunch 12pm

1:30- 3pm Breathing Meditation (Breathwork)

Free Time

Mindfulness Dinner 5-630

Group Mindfulness Walk 6:30 -- 7:30 PM

Silent Meditation in Dark 8 - 8:30 PM


7-8 AM Morning Meditation (Main Hall) or self-guided silent mindfulness walk

8-9 Mindfulness breakfast

8:30 -9:30 free form physical exercises

930 - 1030 Yoga

11- 12;30pm Morning Talk (Reflection. Q and A, with words)

Mindfulness Lunch 12:30pm to 130pm

1:30- 3pm Breathing Meditation (Breathwork)

Free Time

Mindfulness Dinner 5-630

Group Mindfulness Walk 6:30 -- 7:30 PM

Silent Meditation in Dark 8 - 8:30 PM

Silent Authentic Movement / Dance 8:30 - 9:30 PM


7-8 AM Morning Meditation (Main Hall) or self-guided silent mindfulness walk

8-9 Mindfulness breakfast

8:30 -9:30 free form physical exercise

930 - 1030 Yoga

11-12;30 pm Morning Talk (Reflection. Q and A, with words)

Mindfulness Lunch 12:30pm to 130pm

130-3 Closing Circle / Group hug

*All agenda offerings are optional. Follow your own guidance in what you choose to participate in.

*This is only a rough schedule. It is subject to change, or be revised, at any time due to the truth of the moment.

*The retreat is not designed for children.


After surveying multiple locations around the world, we have once again chosen the silence and stillness of the magical Gainesville Retreat Center outside Gainesville Florida as the perfect place to support the vision and intention of this silent retreat. The Gainesville Retreat Center lies on over 110 acres of secluded forest conservation land. At the center of the property lies a 1200 square foot Dharma Room ideal for meditation, yoga and dance. There is also a full vegetarian kitchen and all meals will be provided as part of retreat. There are miles of hiking trails and a large pool. Beautiful simple bedrooms ideal for meditation and contemplation each evening..


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All payments are non-refundable but can be used toward future retreats

Those who would like to donate so someone else in need may attend these retreats please do so here. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!


If you are flying into this retreat Jacksonville airport is 1.5 hours from retreat center. Orlando is 2 hours from retreat center. Gainesville regional airport is 10 to 15 minutes.

If you are driving please set you're GPS to 1551 SE 51 St, Gainesville, FL 32641


Feedback from Previous Retreats:

“I have attended multiple retreats with Brian & Annie,, and in each, I experience new insights into my own being. The retreat environment calls forth and nurtures my highest self, helps me release negatives and ideas of self-limitation, embrace my potential, and find new wellsprings of joy inside myself” – S.K., Sacramento CA


Brian Piergrossi

Founder of The Big Glow. Life coach and author of The Big Glow & The Wow of the Now, Brian is a teacher of empowerment, freedom, inner peace & unconditional love.

At the age of 20 years old, Brian was suddenly struck by a mysterious, debilitating illness, later labeled chronic fatigue syndrome, that lasted for years, leaving him in intense, daily, physical pain and too weak to effectively function in society. When no medical or other authority figure could explain the suffering that was happening to him, Brian made it his life commitment to inquire into human suffering.

What began was over 11 years of committed, serious inquiry, study and personal application into the fields of spirituality, religion, psychology, sociology, cosmology, ecology, health, arts, science, yoga, as well as the core of the enlightenment and self-realization teachings.

After leading a quiet, simple life for over a decade, Brian felt a passionate calling to share his straight forward, timeless, insights for the 21st Century in a modern context with those who are ready and interested. Since that time, Brian has dedicated himself full time, professionally, and privately, to supporting the path of transformation, self-realization and self-actualization in individuals, families and communities around the world. His highly acclaimed books and the viral internet sensation ‘Love is the New Religion/Spiritual Conspiracy’ continue to inspire new readers worldwide.

He works one on one, by phone, online, and in person with personal life coaching clients from around the world of all walks of life.

He leads transformative Big Glow retreats, classes and workshops internationally.

Brian has shared his message as a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs and podcasts. He has lectured at colleges, schools, festivals, expos and conferences.

His online posts are shared with thousands of readers worldwide each day.

He’s written cutting-edge articles for spiritual magazines. He founded The Big Glow Online Facebook Community with currently over 10,000 members exploring the inner workings of the mind, body and soul.

With the unrelenting sole intention of educating and facilitating the awakening of consciousness inside individuals and communities around the world, Brian Piergrossi is spearheading a movement integrating awakened present moment awareness, peak performance and human potential in our modern world..

“When the pillars of my limited mind collapsed, the roof caved in and I could take in the beauty of the stars.”-Brian Piergrossi


Annie has over 200 hours of training with Anusara yoga. She also has extensive study in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga. She is a certified Clarity Breathwork practitioner and certified Reiki Master. She has taught yoga in classes and retreats around the world for over 14 years. Annie’s mission is to live a life fueled by love, purpose, truth and courage. She believes that anything is possible. Her intention is to create an environment where everyone can move freely, have fun, feel good, and experience the infinitude of possibilities within themselves. Annie’s humble guidance points her students to the wisdom & strength they already posses. Choosing to live in many different parts of the world throughout her life has given her a breadth of understanding of the common ties that bind us all.

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