The retreat in Academia offers an experience of "shared" silence and hermitage. Academia is a bright place in the open country, built to create a physical space where the last two stages of life (i.e. vanaprastha or anchorite, and samnnyasin or renouncer) can be experienced and realized. This space is a natural continuation of the asram. As such, it is meant to lead any disciple into more focused a circle of spiritual growth.