Easter Retreat: Wisdom Medicine East and West

Taught by Fred Luskin PhD, Shani Robins PhD, Suprabha Jain, MD, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami DharmanandaFriday, March 30 – Monday, April 2, 2018Tuition : $120.00
plus accommodations (see below for prices)












Join us for this Easter retreat on Wisdom Medicine East and West, wisdom teachings from both traditions. 
This weekend will be complemented by talks on Wisdom Medicine to cultivate deep connection physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

Easter is a time of renewal and affirmation of the universal wisdom within us. This special weekend of wisdom teachings will include experienced teachers integrating the classical Yoga teachings with Western approaches to physical, mental, and spiritual health. Practical techniques are offered on topics of Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, Meditation for Health. Connect to the natural beauty of the Ashram in the springtime to recharge and gain inspiration. There will be a Sunday morning Easter "egg" hunt for the kids.

Daily Schedule


4pm - Asana and Pranayama class

6pm - Dinner 

7pm - New guest Orientation

8pm - Satsang - Introduction


6am - Satsang 

8am - Workshop: "Forgiveness" Dr. Fred Luskin

10am   - Brunch

12pm   - Workshop: "Humility" Dr. Shani Robins

2pm - Workshop:  "Making the Gut Healthy and Strong" Dr Suprabha Jain

4pm - Asana and Pranayama class

6pm - Dinner

7pm - Om Namo Narayanaya peace chanting

8pm - Kirtan Concert with Mirabai and Friends


6am - Satsang - "Life and Teachings of Jesus" 

8am - Workshop: "Gratitude" Dr. Fred Luskin

10am   - Brunch

12pm   - Workshop: "Wisdom Practices and Techniques" Dr. Shani Robins

2pm -  Workshop: "From Medication to Meditation" Dr Suprabha Jain

4pm - Asana and Pranayama class

6pm - Dinner

7pm - Om Namo Narayanaya peace chanting

8pm - Satsang 


There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn classical yoga.

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

Textbook: "Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy" by Swami Sitaramananda

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



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


Accommodation Prices and Photos

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


Fred Luskin, PhD

Dr. Luskin holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University. He is Co-Director of the Stanford-Northern Ireland HOPE Project, an ongoing series of workshops and research projects that investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on the victims of political violence. He served as Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, the largest research project to date on the training and measurement of a forgiveness intervention. He currently works as a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation.

Shani Robins, PhD

Shani Robins, Ph.D. pioneered the field of Wisdom Therapy TM in 1998.  He is a licensed Psychologist (PSY18795) by the California Board of Psychology and is the founder and director of the Wisdom Therapy Institute since 2000. He is an instructor at Stanford University Medical School’s Health Improvement and BeWell Programs and the Director of Clinical Training at Sofia University (Institute of Trans-personal Psychology). Dr. Robins received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from UCLA in 1989, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Experimental Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1996, completed a 2-year National Institute of Mental Health Postdoc at U.C. Irvine in 1999 and a Ph.D. re-specialization in Clinical Psychology in 2002.  He has published and has given numerous clinical workshops, invited talks, scientific conference presentations, and corporate consultations nationally and internationally on Wisdom Therapy TM and its relationships to cognition's, emotions, stress reduction, relationships, work place effectiveness, coping, emotional intelligence, performance, and organizational consulting.

Suprabha Jain, MD

Dr. Jain was born in India. For many years she was recognized as one of the finest yoga students and learned in depth science of yoga while getting her formal school education.  She joined Henry C Downs, MD an integrative medicine practitioner, in 1999 in Walnut Creek, CA. She got the opportunity to start her own medical practice in 2000. She has since then developed, designed and delivered many ways of treating and managing true health and has coached her loyal clients the science of inner well being.

Swami Jnaneswariananda

Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Anatomy, and Vedanta at Teacher's Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001.  She is currently a senior teacher at the Yoga Farm in Grass Valley.  She teaches with great enthusiasm and humor.

Swami Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is assistant director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. Swami Dharmananda is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.