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Thanksgiving Retreat: Dharma and Peace

Presented by Swamini Svatmavidyananda, Dena Merriam, Ellen Grace O’Brian (Yogacharya), Swami Sitaramananda, Silvia Nakkach, Joss Jaffe, Steve OdaWednesday, November 22 – Monday, November 27, 2017Tuition : $175.00
plus accommodations (see below for prices)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description

Dharma and Peace

Daily Schedule

Wednesday

12-2pm    Arrival and Registratioin
4-6pm      Open Yoga Class
6pm          Dinner
7-8pm      Om Namo Narayanaya Peace Chanting *optional
8-10pm    Satsang: Orientation and Welcoming

Thursday

6-8am       Satsang:   - 
8-10am     Yoga Class
10am         Brunch
12-1:30     
2:30-4       

4-5:30        Open Yoga Class
5:30pm       Thanksgiving Feast
8-10pm       Satsang: 

Friday

6-8am     Satsang:   -
8-10am   
10am       Brunch
11am       Karma Yoga
12-1:30   
2:30-4     
4-6pm     Open Yoga Class
6pm         Dinner
7-8pm      Om Namo Narayanaya Peace Chanting *optional
8-10pm    Satsang:  

Saturday

6-8am     Satsang:  -
8-10am   
10am       Brunch
11am       Karma Yoga
12-1:30    
2:30-4      
4-6pm     Open Yoga Class
6pm          Dinner
7-8pm       Om Namo Narayanaya Peace Chanting *optional
8-10pm     Satsang: 

Sunday

6-8am       Satsang: 
8-10am    
10am       Brunch
11am        Karma Yoga
12-1pm    
2pm           End of Retreat
 

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on the first Date of the course with an Ashram Orientation followed by Satsang at 8pm. 
Departure: The course will conclude at 3pm on the Final date.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.

What to Bring

Slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.  All books and materials are available in our boutique.

Registration

To Register for this course click the "Register" Button.

◻ STEP 1 - CREATE ONLINE USER ID AND PASSWORD
◻ STEP 2 - FILL OUT ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS
◻ STEP 3 - WILL ANYBODY JOIN YOU?
◻ STEP 4 - CHOOSE ACCOMMODATION OPTION
◻ STEP 5 - MAKE DEPOSIT AND PAY ONLINE WITH PAYPAL OR CREDIT CARD

Accommodation Prices

Tenting: $50/night

Om Cabins
 - Dorm: $65/night per person
 - Double: $85/night per person
 - Single: $130/night

Siva Cabins
 - Double: $120/night per person
 - Single: $170/night

Deluxe Shanti Cabins 
- Triple: $120/night per person
- Double: $160/night per person
- Single: $240/night
- Family of two: $280/night per family
- Family of three: $320/night per family

Accommodation Discounts: Seniors (60+) 10% & Students 10%

Click here for detailed information on accommodations

 


 

Swamini Svatmavidyananda

Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is a 501 C 3 religious non-profit registered in the state of Georgia. Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is a portal for the dissemination of the teachings of Sri Swamini Svatmavidyananda Saraswati, the disciple of Paramapujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati --an internationally renowned master and traditional teacher of Vedanta. In the Sanskrit language, the word “Arsha” means “of the sages.” “Vijnana” means direct knowledge of oneself as the whole that is well understood and assimilated. Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is a sanctuary for the understanding of oneself as free of all limitations as unfolded by Vedic seers. Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam was founded in March 2005 by Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswatiji. In addition to Atlanta, GA, Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam has satelite centers in Eugene, OR, and Washington DC. Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam is also a virtual ashram and teaching portal open to all serious spiritual seekers regardless of nationality or religious background. It actively seeks to promote religious tolerance and respect for diversity. We have two main teaching portals for livestreaming classes and for storing archived classes.

www.arshavm.org


Dena Merriam

Ms. Merriam began working in the inter-faith movement in the late 1990s when she served as Vice Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nation in New York in the year 2000.  She subsequently convened a meeting of women religious and spiritual leaders at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and from that gathering founded the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) in 2002, an organization chaired by a multi-faith group of women spiritual leaders.  In 2008, Ms. Merriam was one of the founding members of the Contemplative Alliance, which later became a program of GPIW.  The purpose of the Alliance is to bring together meditation teachers and practitioners in a collective effort to uplift and transform society, while caring for and honoring our Mother Earth.

For over 40 years, Dena Merriam has been a student of Paramahansa Yogananda and a practitioner of Kriya Yoga meditation.  She is also a long time student of the great texts of the Vedic tradition.  Ms. Merriam received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University and has served on the boards of the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, The Interfaith Center of New York, the Manitou Foundation, The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, and Seven Pillars.  In 2014 she received the Niwano Peace Prize for her interfaith peace efforts.


Ellen Grace O’Brian (Yogacharya)

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian, M.A. (Uma), is the founder and Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) www.CSEcenter.org  with headquarters in San Jose, California. CSE is a ministry in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga serving people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking Self- and God-realization. She was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West. Over the years she has trained many disciples in this lineage of Kriya Yoga who carry on the teachings in various sectors of society, including the establishment of meditation centers and groups. 

www.CSEcenter.org


Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated acharya by him in 1989 and is presently acharya of US West coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam and China. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau Bahamas. She is the author of Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy (translated in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words as well as two poem books. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website.

www.sivanandayogafarm.org/topic/swami_sitaramananda


Silvia Nakkach

Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, named by Utne Reading magazine as one of 40 cutting-edge artists that will shake the art world in the new millennium. Silvia has cultivated a voice that transport the listeners into the heart of devotion, she is an award-winning composer, psychologist, author, and pioneer in the field of sound, transformation of consciousness, and music shamanism. She is the founding director of Vox Mundi School of the Voice, an international school devoted to teaching and preserving sacred music traditions, with centers and training in Bahia and Rio, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and California. She is the creator, faculty, and main academic advisor for the Sound, Voice, Music Healing Certificate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco. She is also the founder of the The Path of Dhrupad Singing School in the States.

www.voxmundiproject.com


Joss Jaffe

Joss Jaffe began playing guitar and writing songs at age 9. Introduced to the music of India through the chanting of his parents and their meditation teacher Baba Muktananda, he began studying tabla, sarode & vocal from Montino Bourbon at 15, & later, Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri & Zakir Hussain. Joss has accompanied Jai Uttal, Steve Kimock, Alex Grey, Rachel Brice, Silvia Nakkach & Shimshai.

www.josstunes.com/


Steve Oda

Steve Oda is a sarod player, composer and teacher of the Hindustani classical music.  A Canadian of Japanese ancestry, Steve Oda, began his musical education at the age of seven, learning to play slide guitar and then jazz guitar. His love of creativity through musical expression led him to the classic music of North India and the sarode. His classical training started in 1971 under the guidance of Aashish Khan, and from 1973 under Aashish's father, Ali Akbar Khan.  In 1996, Steve received a Canada Council Artists Grant to pursue intensive studies at and advanced level with Ali Akbar Khan and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. The demand for his playing, continues to increase in places like Chicago, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Spain, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and now in Japan.  He currently resides in San Rafael, California, actively teaching and performing music of North India.

www.steveoda.com