10 day silent retreat: $100 off if paid in full by June 24, 2013
If you cannot come for the entire ten days, you may attend the first weekend (or the second weekend for those who have attended one of our silent retreats at an earlier date).
Tuition for one weekend is: $195
(Add 2 nights accommodation and meals).
To sign up for one weekend only call: 1-800-858-9642.
Modern-day life demands a lot of our attention and energy. It engages all of our thoughts, talents and time, leaving us very little quiet time to replenish our core being and reflect on the big picture of who we are and where we are going.
For over forty years our Signature Ten-Day Silent Retreat has been a refuge for those who want to take time off and turn inward. Join us for this inner journey during which you will refresh and replenish body, mind and soul, balance the emotions and align yourself with who you really are, what you want and where you are going. Within every heart is the potential for greatness. Take time this year and rediscover that greatness.
In this annual Ten-Day Silent Retreat, you will experience the many aspects of Yoga so carefully woven together by Sri Swami Satchidananda when he designed the inaugural Silent Retreat four decades ago. Enjoy Hatha Yoga, pranayama (breathing practices), guided deep relaxation and meditations each day, delicious, nutritious, organic vegetarian meals and the natural beauty and deep sacred spaces of Yogaville, all enhanced by the practice of silence. A keystone of the program will be the inspirational talks given each day. This year we are honored and delighted to present some of Integral Yoga’s most inspired teachers, who will share insights, chants and meditation techniques and guide you on your inner journey.
Observing an extended period of silence offers a profound opportunity for the mind to unwind—attention that is usually externalized through conversation can be drawn inward as we recognize and release emotional and mental patterns, diving into a deeper experience of our inner strength and our true peace-filled nature. When we practice silence, the body automatically engages all the energy normally expended in speaking and communicating with the outside world in rejuvenating and restoring the entire system on a very deep level.
The retreat is suited to students of all levels of experience. Those new to Yoga and the practice of silence will receive full instruction and support. Experienced retreatants will have the opportunity to move even more deeply within through multilevel hatha yoga and meditation workshop. You will also have the opportunity to seek additional guidance, support or clarification by asking questions in writing.
Rev. Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D., has taught Integral Yoga to people of all ages and walks of life for over thirty years. Besides teaching classes in Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga I & II, meditation and pranayama, and serving as spiritual director for silent retreats, Lakshmi teaches specialized teacher trainings, such as Raja Yoga and meditation, and on-going scripture classes on the Bhagavad Gita and the Thirukkural. She has a Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology and presently serves as the Yogaville Director of Program Development and Advertising.
Swami Karunananda has been an Integral Yoga® teacher since 1971. She has led many programs, focusing on meditation, the philosophy and psychology of Yoga, and pranayama for greater health and wellbeing. She developed the Integral Yoga Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and in Pranayama & Meditation. She has served as President of Satchidananda Ashrams in Virginia and Santa Barbara, California and as Director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Santa Barbara. She currently serves as Vice President, overseeing Spiritual Development at the Ashram in Virginia.
Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is known for his warmth, intelligence and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, having absorbed the wisdom of his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda since the age of nineteen. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the yogic philosophy (especially the great Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of Integral Yoga’s primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. He presently serves as President of the New York Integral Yoga Institute. Before this position, he served as the President of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International.
Swami Gurucharanananda, lovingly referred to as “Mataji,” is a senior monk-disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda Maharaj. She is one of our most popular teachers, at Yogaville and abroad. Mataji serves in many capacities through Guest Services. 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!
Rev. Paraman Barsel has served as Director of the Washington, D.C. and New York Integral Yoga® Institutes and as President of Yogaville®-West in California and Yogaville-East in Connecticut. One of Integral Yoga’s most humorous, lively and insightful speakers, he has taught all aspects of Yoga for over thirty-five years. He was one of the original designers and instructors of Integral Yoga Basic Hatha Teacher Training and has taught Raja Yoga Teacher Training, and beginning and advanced Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga and meditation workshops.
Amrita (Sandra) McLanahan, M.D., is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction and primary family health care. As Director of Stress Management Training at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute for twenty 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 its Alternatives: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health and is the medical consultant for the book Dr. Yoga.
Rev. Manjula Spears, E-RYT500 has been a principle trainer for Integral Yoga’s teacher training programs for many years. She has a deep interest and extensive training in Yoga therapeutics. Rev. Manjula is a long-time student of Ayurveda. She studies and teaches sound as healing and is a gifted kirtanist. She is an accomplished instructor in the field of Yoga therapy and is the founder of the Therapeutic Yoga program at Athens Regional Medical Center Mind/Body Institute, specializing in restoration of functional mobility, reduction of musculoskeletal pain and joint health.
For the past 10 years Manjula has had a special interest in working with women facing the challenge of breast cancer. This interest has motivated her to create a thriving program at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer support. In addition she is on the treatment team for the Smith Center for the Healing Arts, cancer help retreats. She is the leader of a spiritual community, Satchidananda Mission in Athens Georgia and guides a vibrant sangha in the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda.