Labor Day Retreat: Yoga and Science: Tools for Self-Awareness and Stress-Free Living

Presented by Swami Ramananda, Olga Mandodari, Fred Luskin PhD, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Ben KuninFriday, September 1 – Monday, September 4, 2017Tuition : $150.00
plus accommodations (see below for prices)













Join us for the Labor day retreat on Yoga and Science: Tools for Self-Awareness and Stress-Free Living.  The teachers are: Swami Ramananda (How Yoga approaches stress in a very comprehensive way); Dr. Fred Luskin (pshychologist at stanford);  Olga Mandodari (Russian vastu-science of space, expert, creator of meditation vimana);  Swami Jnaneshwarananda (stress mechanism) and Ben Kunin (concert).


Olga Sokolova (Mandodari)
"Space, Time, Directions and Colour for a Happy House” (Workshop: 3 hrs)

  • Make your home a happy home by applying the teachings of Vaastu Shastra. Understand the concepts of Space and Time, and explore the meaning of spatial Directions, and the Colours associated with them. Meditate in a sacred Vaastu Vimana shrine to find your inner colour, and use it in your home’s interior to achieve peace and happiness.

Presenting a new book "Your Happy House - Vastu Shastra for Everyone" by Olga Sokolova (Mandodari)

Daily Schedule

Friday - Arrival Day

06:00 - 08:00 am - Satsang: Swami Ramananda on "Healing the Disease of Busyness"
08:00 - 10:00 am - Yoga Class
10:00 - 11:00 am - Brunch
11:00 - 12:00 pm - Karma Yoga
12:00 - 02:00 pm - "Forgiveness" Fred Luskin
02:30 - 04:00 pm - "Space, Time, Directions and Colour for a Happy House” Olga Mandodari
04:00 - 06:00 pm - Yoga Class
06:00 - 07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 - 10:00 pm - Satsang: Concert with Ben Kunin

06:00 - 08:00 am - Satsang: Fred Luskin
08:00 - 10:00 am - Yoga Class
10:00 - 11:00 am - Brunch
11:00 - 12:00 pm - Karma Yoga
12:00 - 02:00 pm - Swami Ramananda Workshop on "Awakening to the Self: Deepening Your Practice"
02:30 - 04:00 pm - Kirtan Workshop with Swami Jnaneshwariananda
04:00 - 06:00 pm - Yoga Class
06:00 - 07:00 pm - Dinner
08:00 - 10:00 pm - Satsang: Olga Mandodari

06:00 - 08:00 am - Satsang: Swami Jnaneswariananda
08:00 - 10:00 am - Yoga Class
10:00 - 11:00 am - Brunch
11:00 - 12:00 pm - Karma Yoga
12:00 - 02:00 pm - "Space, Time, Directions and Colour for a Happy House” Olga Mandodari
02:30 - 04:00 pm - "Forgiveness" Fred Luskin
04:00 - Departure


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

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on Friday
Departure: The course will end at 6pm on Monday

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Friday, 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, swim suit.


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

Swami Ramananda

Swami Ramananda served as the president of the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City for more than a decade and is a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition. He has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years. Through his affinity for and devoted study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Ramananda offers practical methods for integrating the teachings of Yoga into daily life and coping with stress, depression, and anger. He leads advanced-level Yoga teacher training programs in New York City and a variety of workshops in many locations around the country. He is a founding board member of the Yoga Alliance, a national registry that supports and promotes Yoga teachers as professionals, and he is currently the president of the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute.

Olga Mandodari

Olga Mandodari Sokolova, is a certified Vaastu Shastra Consultant. She studied at the International Institute of Mayonic Science & Technology in Chennai, India under Dr. V. Sthapati Ganapati, a world renowned traditional architect of Southern India who relies on Vaastu principles in his projects. Ms. Sokolova earned her MS degree in Civil Engineering from the Architectural University of St. Petersburg, Russia and Associate of Arts and Associates of Applied Science in Interior Design from the Montgomery College, Rockville MD, USA and received Ph.D. from The Open International University for Complementary Medicines, Colombo, Sri Lanka affiliated with The International Institute of Integral Human Sciences, Montreal, Canada.

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.

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.

Ben Kunin

Sarod player Ben Kunin learned his instrument and the tradition of North Indian classical music over more than 25 years of study under the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA. He also learned tabla from Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri for many years. In 2006 he began training with Pandit Chitresh Das and the Chandam School of Kathak Dance. He performs frequently as a soloist and as well as accompanist.