Joy of Health Through Yoga Retreat


Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

Join us for this relaxing, health-filled retreat, designed to help you detoxify and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit and to give you tools and motivation to continue to make your health a priority when you return home. Every morning and evening, nationally recognized holistic health physician, Sandra Amrita McLanahan, M.D., and Sumati Steinberg, R.N will outline recipes for success in their healthy-living workshop.

They will discuss yogic techniques and dietary considerations that can assist you in:

• Losing weight

• Decreasing high blood pressure, cholesterol & stress

• Preventing & Reversing diabetes, heart disease & cancer

• Relaxing & Re-energizing

You will spend two restful nights and three relaxing days in our beautiful LOTUS retreat house overlooking the James River. Each morning you will greet the day with guided meditation and Hatha Yoga classes. You will continue to refresh and de-stress body, mind and spirit with optional noon and evening meditation and Hatha Yoga class.

“Sumati and Amrita were wonderful speakers and knowledgeable. Very helpful, going out of the way… to help us with our individual needs.”

—Program participant

Joy of Health Retreat at YogavilleDr. Amrita McLanahan, M.D., is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction and primary family health care. As a Director of Stress Management Training at the Preventative Medicine Research Institute for the past 20 years, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish to document the benefits of dietary change and stress management to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dr. McLanahan is the author of the book Surgery and it’s Alternatives: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health, and is the medical consultant for the book Dr. Yoga.


Joy of Health Through Yoga Retreat at Yogaville (2)Sumati Steinberg, R.N., B.S.N., C.Y.T., is a gifted Spiritual Life Coach and member of the Yogaville/Integral Yoga Community, since 1973.  As Dr. Amrita’s personal assistant for 8 years, she learned healing practices that promote wellness and prevent illness.  Sumati furthered her education by obtaining a bachelors degree in Nursing.  She currently manages the wellness program at Kyanite Mining Corporation.  For over 20 years, she has served her community by being on-call for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual emergencies.  Sumati lives in Yogaville with her beloved husband, children, and grandchildren.


Understanding the Bhagavad Gita

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

The Bhagavad Gita is a 2,500 year old Sanskrit text that offers profound insight into the deeper practices of yoga. As the seeker in the Gita metaphorically prepares for the battle of spiritual transformation, he asks his teacher a series of questions. In his answers the teacher explains the many challenges and stages of the yogic spiritual path.

In this program we will explore themes from the Bhagavad Gita that are meaningful for us as modern yoga practitioners.

Each session of this retreat begins with a teaching from the Gita that adds insight to the practice of asana and pranayama. The daily schedule includes

Early-morning internal practices
Late-morning pranayama and energy-raising practices
An integrative afternoon practice.
Learn an active practice that raises the questions, allows you to apply the teaching, and helps you move beyond the obstacles of fear and doubt that have perpetually challenged yogis and yoginis.

Understanding the Bhagavad Gita at YogavilleYoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT500 founded Pranakriya Yoga in 2005. He is a Master-Level teacher in the Kripalu Yoga tradition. Through many years of intensive study and practice of Swami Kripalu’s work, Yoganand has gained a profound ability to distill and interpret esoteric yoga texts and techniques.  After studying with Kripalu Yoga masters in India and America, Yoganand taught at the Kripalu Center for more than 15 years before founding Pranakriya Yoga, which he developed from the original teachings of Swami Kripalavandaji and reconfigured to meet the needs of Western yogis in today’s world without taking away from the ancient teachings.

Yoganand serves as the Founder and Dean of Curriculum for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, leads trainings and retreats around the country and world and works to keep the history of Tantric Hatha Yoga alive. Students will find that Yoganand teaches from a place of deep experience and learning and that he shares his understanding in ways that allow them to cultivate and experience greater vitality in their own lives.  Yoganand is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 level teacher and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists -IAYT.


Raja Yoga Foundation Course

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

The Raja Yoga Foundation course provides a unique opportunity to study in depth and learn how to apply these great teachings in life. Through lectures, guided exercises, journaling and spiritual support sessions, we will dive deep into The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the classical text on Raja Yoga. To further enhance your experience, there will be some basic Sanskrit instruction of the sutras.

This program is designed to be beneficial both for those new to the teachings of Raja Yoga, os well os for experienced practitioners. These teachings are a beacon of hope, o fountain of wisdom, and a source of guidance for those who seek true happiness and fulfilment. Take the plunge! One week can change your life forever.
Sutras suggested you read before the program

Book 1 sutras 116, Book 2 sutras 28-55, Book 3 sutras 1,2,3, go back to book 1 sutras 2142, Book 2 sutras 112 – Please bring your Sutras of Patanjali translated by Swami Satchidananda
Daily Program


– Meditation

– Hatha Yoga

– Mantras

– Pranayama

– Yoga Sutras study of book I, II & III


Nalanie H. Chellaram is a modern spiritual teacher, a true Soul Doctor dedicated to selfless service. She was born in 1954 into the distinguished Indian family the Harilela’s. She grew up in the presence of a close family friend, who, unbeknown of the time, was to have a deep and lasting influence in her life. This frequent visitor and friend was Swami Satchidananda, her beloved Guru.

Nalanie travels the world to spread a message of wisdom, compassion and love, based on the philosophy of Yoga. She is the founder of the Integral Yoga Center Gibraltar and George Harilela Hall in Satagrande, she gives Satsangs both there and internationally.

In March 2008, Nalanie received an Honour in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second New Years Honours List. She was recognised for her “Services to Humanity”. In October she also received a “Humanitarian Award” from the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, USA.

In 2009 Nalanie set up an association called “Service in Satchidananda”, a non-profit international collective of charities established in honour of Sri Swami Satchidananda and based on his core teaching of selfless service.

The Injury-Free Yoga Practice

Registration begins Friday 4:00 PM, Program begins Friday 8:00 PM and ends on Sunday at 12:00 PM

As our yoga practice progresses and we attempt new poses, it becomes more challenging to advance safely. We may ask, “How do I move deeper without causing harm? How do I use my practice as a therapeutic tool?”

In this fun, interactive, and informative workshop, we break down many of the basic Integral Yoga sequence to learn:

  • Correct and safe yoga alignment, based on human anatomy principles and current yoga concepts
  • Bringing refinement, precision, and Prana fully into practice
  • How to identify harmful misalignment and remove trauma from your practice
  • How to use practice therapeutically for existing injuries and prevent new ones

The class is an on-the-mat class, taught completely through asana practice. There is limited lecture, allowing you to learn while doing. This workshop is designed to immediately transform your practice with instructions you will use in every asana.  This is an excellent program for students who are ready to refine their practice and bring attain their next level. Yoga teachers of all traditions will benefit greatly from this workshop as they learn to recognize injuries and simple ways to share alignment principles with their students in classes or one-on-one sessions.

This workshop is taught by Steven Weiss, MS, DC, RYT. He brings more than three decades of yoga and professional knowledge to his students.  Dr. Weiss is the author of the texts, The Injury-Free Yoga Practice and The Integrative Alignment Yoga Therapy Workbook.

Injury Free YogaSteven Weiss, MS, DC, RYT is a holistic chiropractor and nutritionist, yoga therapist and yoga teacher. Dr.Weiss teaches anatomy, alignment principles, yoga therapeutics and nutrition for yoga teacher trainings in the United States and around the world. Steven has been a faculty member for twenty years at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY where he presented yoga-based workshops and served as the resident chiropractor and nutritionist. He continues to teach at the Omega Institute as visiting yoga instructor and is currently post-graduate faculty with New York Chiropractic College, presenting the ChiroYoga Seminars.

Steven’s teaching is strongly influenced by his extensive chiropractic background in various structural bodywork systems, bringing a unique, hands-on approach to his workshops. A life-long athletic, Steven instructs classes in long distance running that utilize yogic principles. Dr. Weiss practices yoga therapy and teaches in Sarasota, Florida. He has developed the Integrative Alignment Yoga Therapy system, an alignment-based bodywork that combines yoga therapy with hands-on structural protocols that can be utilized by yoga teachers and therapists. More information can be found at

Steven is the author of the new and popular yoga text, The Injury-Free Yoga Practice, a comprehensive guide to alignment, anatomy and the prevention of yoga injuries. Visit for more book information.


Breath of Spring: Yoga Retreat in Cancer or Long-term Illness

Registration: Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Welcoming anyone stable in cancer or chronic illness, during or post-treatment, and their support people.

Join us for the 19th annual Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer & Chronic Illness Training (YCat) Yoga Retreat—time out to slow down, take stock, relax and experience the profound benefits of Yoga Therapy practices adapted to your specific needs, all in the gorgeous natural surroundings of Yogaville.

The YCat Retreat is hosted by Jnani Chapman, founder of YCat Yoga Therapy for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness Training, with senior YCat intern teachers and faculty. Attendance is appropriate for anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis, whether recent or long ago, who is stable in treatment or having post-treatment recovery issues, and also for anyone who is dealing with stable, chronic illness. Friends and family are welcome, too.

During the program you will experience many aspects of yoga. The practices are gentle and therapeutically adapted to the needs of each participant and will include movement, breathing, meditation, chanting and guided imagery. The YCat practice truly honors the body, mind and spirit. A practice that is gentle and subtle can be the most profound for healing to take place—When the body and mind can let go deeply, true inner peace and joy can re-emerge.

To maintain and deepen the benefits you experience, the Breath of Spring Retreat will also help you develop and maintain a regular home practice, including guidance to promote self-motivation and self-care.
All aspects of the retreat are optional—YCat is committed to each individual and the group’s safety and comfort.

For further information, please contact Devi Fitzsimmons, the YCat Retreat coordinator by phone at 703-930-8321 or by email at

Breath of Spring Yoga Retreat in Cancer or Long-term IllnessJnani Chapman, RN, BSN, CMT, E-RYT 500, founded and directs YCat Yoga Therapy. She is a Yoga therapist in integrative medicine at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco and also teaches for elder services. Jnani was a stress management specialist for Dean Ornish, M.D.’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease and currently teaches Yoga for his prostate cancer post-research group. She has been on staff for the Commonweal Cancer Help Program since 1986.

Building Your Sadhana: The Sweetness of Steady Practice

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00-4:45 pm

In Patajali’s Yoga Sutras, he tells us that our sadhana – our spiritual practice – must be well attended-to, without pause, for a long time and in all earnestness in order for us to see progress towards lasting happiness.  This can seem too difficult for us and we might be tempted to give up!  However, we can see wonderful results in a short time when we understand the benefits of practice and its obstacles.  Most importantly, we have to design a realistic plan for success in sadhana!  The results will encourage us to continue onward. 

In this retreat we will:

  • Identify the benefits of regular practice for a spiritual seeker

  • Look at the essential elements of a steady practice and discuss each in    detail

  • Figure out why it is so challenging for spiritual seekers to begin and maintain practice

  • Find specific ways to overcome these obstacles

  • Design a personal sadhana plan that is perfectly suited to the life of each participant

  • Discuss checks and balances and getting the support we need to continue to grow in spirit

 Building Your Sadhana - The Sweetness of Steady PracticePrashanti (Carroll Ann) Friedmann has been a yoga teacher since 2007 and has her 500-hour certification through Integral Yoga.  She is studying to become an Integral Yoga Minister.  She has graduate degrees in religion from Princeton Seminary and the University of Virginia.  She teaches Raja Yoga and religion classes at the University of Virginia and in the Charlottesville community.  Her “regular job” is Chief Financial Officer of Trademark Tours LLC.  Prashanti belongs to a “Yoga family” – her husband and four children all practice some form of yoga.  They travel to India each winter to study asana, meditation, pranayama, scripture, chanting and Sanskrit with venerable teachers.

Re-igniting the Sacred Fires

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00-4:45 pm

 The immortal soul (spirit) has plenty of time to decide on and to plan its Earth expedition(s). Well-supported with preparation and guidance from “Home”, we arrive flaming with spiritual purpose!

Then, daily life happened – the struggles, the dualities, the logistics of survival, the dense material merry–go–round. The fire, however, has not been quenched – but like a pilot light remains at the back of the burner, still glowing.

* This workshop will seek to re-ignite the sacred fires, to bring them into our awareness, and to experience the joy of inviting them back to living flame in a circle of like-minded seekers.

* We will work together, utilizing the wonderful teachings and practices of Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Living Yoga, as well as exercises, journaling, crafting, sharing and supporting the sacred fire of our spirits.

* We will experience the lessons of the Medicine Wheel and the connection to the power and vitality of nature as helper to the Sacred Child Fire.

“Great Spirit teaches us the sacred and the true and helps us to find our way back home into our hearts with you. ~From the prayer of Handsome Lake, prophet and elder


Rev. Dhyani Simonini is a longtime devotee of Sri Swami Satchidananda.  She became an Integral Yoga Minister in 1990.  She retired from Buckingham County High School, where she taught English, drama, and speech for thirty-one years and was instrumental in establishing the operation of a Student-owned Touring Theatre Company which specialized in public service tours.  She is currently captain of the Disaster Action Team (DAT) for Buckingham County through the American Red Cross.

Her lifelong love of Native American spirituality led her to becoming involved with phonetic transcription of the sacred songs and rituals.  She transcribed for Walker Calhoun, sacred firekeeper of the Cherokee nation, and for Doris Riverbird Woman, clan mother of the Lenape nation, who later adopted her and made her her legal representative for “all things Native American.”  She created a Native American medicine wheel on her property which she hopes will serve as a gathering place for Native ceremony and, later, intends to create a center for indigenous people on the property.

Energizing your Life

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration: 4:00 pm-4:45 pm

Are you finding yourself low on energy? Unable to keep up with your daily routine?

Too tired at night to enjoy yourself? Losing your zest for life? Hummmm!

Then this may be just the retreat for you.

 In this workshop we will:

  • Learn simple practices to reenergize your life with Deep Relaxation, Breath work, meditations

  • Discover and remove blockages to your natural supply of energy

  • Recharge your heart chakra with a focus on gratefulness

  • Renew your body with easy yoga techniques

  • Balance work and play

  • N-joy the presence within the present

Energizing your Life at YogavilleRevs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro bring forty years of yogic experience and teaching into this retreat, offering freely of their own struggles, successes and insights. Over the last 33 years, their company, New Age Builders, built most of the buildings at Yogaville. Their large family is comprised of 5 generations living at Yogaville. Personally guided by Sri Swami Satchidananda, they have gleaned rich techniques from the Integral Yoga teachings to support an energetic, loving, compassionate, and joyful journey through life.

They invite you to come experience a restful, peaceful and enlightening retreat.


Surfing in the Sea of Change

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about the speed of change in your life. The economy fluctuates, your career has ups and downs, and important family decisions often need to be made quickly. This retreat will help you to have more options than you thought possible to “surf” the waves of change with balance, courage & joyful discovery.

Stress can be the impetus moving you to find and master the vast power of your inner being. Yoga practices and ancient wisdom provide the key to a creative joyful life.

This special interest retreat is for both, beginners and experienced students, as they seek to develop their potential mastery over the challenges of daily life.

Surfing the Sea of Change at YogavilleSwami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, has enjoyed many different roles in her life, including radio news reporter, translator for Swami Satchidananda and video producer. She has been teaching Integral Yoga since 1972. She is a versatile teacher, specializing in workshops on Stress Management as well as Yoga and the Emotions. Swami Vidyananda has taught in the US, Canada, Europe, India and Australia. She currently lives and teaches Integral Yoga at Yogaville, VA.


SURFING IN THE SEA OF CHANGERev. Devaja Ciccolella came to Integral Yoga through a work associate in 2001.  Since then he has completed his certification in Integral Yoga Hatha level 1 & 2. Early 2004 found Rev. Devaja living at the San Francisco IY center, taking on the service as office manager, teaching Hatha classes, attending integral Yoga workshops.

In 2004 Rev. Devaja moved to Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville where he continued certifications in Raja T.T. and Laughter Yoga T.T.

In 2011 Rev. Devaja was ordained an Integral Yoga Minister and recently was given the honor to serve as the Director of I.Y Minister Seminarians.



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Dive Deep Within

Mid-Week Special Interest Retreat

Registration Times 4:00-4:45 pm

Dive deep within and experience your Cosmic Self.

That Self, as Peace and Joy, is always there, for THAT is the REAL YOU!

During this retreat, we will go deep inside to reveal The True You. As the deep Artesian well provides the purest water, venture below your normal surface living, to uncover the Light of the Ocean of Pure Awareness.

That Light of Awareness radiates from within you and inspires all the activities of your life.

Come, join this midweek retreat:

* Where through Yoga and meditation practices, you will explore deeper levels of your Self.

* Where deeper awareness enables you to uncover the abundance of peace and joy already within you.

* Where gaining steadiness in the Cosmic Self will allow this Peace and Joy to manifest in your life.

Dive Deep Within at YogavilleSwami Gurucharanananda, lovingly referred to as “Mataji” is a senior monk-disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj. She is one of our most inspiring speakers and most popular teachers in Yogaville and sought out around the world for her counsel. She enjoys waking you up! leading guided meditations, Hatha yoga classes and meditation workshops, and is a loved mentor/counselor to retreatants and guests.

She reads from Sri Gurudev’s talks and teachings during lunch, offers Guru-Puja and has a joy-filled smile for everyone!




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