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with Revs. Paraman & Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D. , Retreat Directors and Senior Staff


Every new year, you close a door to the past and open one to myriad new possibilities. These possibilities allow you to recreate and redesign your lives in ways that align you with your innermost desires. Taking a little time away from your busy life for relaxing and reflecting on where your journey has taken you (and how you want to proceed) is the best way to engage this process.

This year, unwind from the holidays in the tranquility of Yogaville, with five days of silence, Hatha Yoga, guided and unguided meditation techniques, and a variety of talks from our experienced staff that will help you reach healthy new heights.  

You’ll find that away from the demands of daily life, it’s easier to reconnect with your ideals in a way that brings “regular life” into alignment.


This retreat opened doors for me and reminded me of deep, universal truths. The quiet life was life-changing.—Part Participant

I came to this retreat to take a nourishing, mindful pause, and to dive deep within me. At the end of it, I was filled with love and peace, and so much gratitude to Yogaville and to myself for choosing this. I feel like instead of diving down, I dove up. Thanks! — Steve Van Dam

This retreat was not only a big reset button for me, but it also affirms and reminds me of how connected we all are, how much a supportive and loving environment can assist with transformation and the importance of having a spiritual home. — Holly Hedstrom

Official time for check-in: 4 pm and check-out: 2 pm

About the Instructors

New Years Silent RetreatRev. Paraman Barsel has taught Raja and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and all aspects of Integral Yoga for over forty years.  He served as director of the Washington, D.C., and New York Integral Yoga Institutes and as president of Yogaville–West and Yogaville–East. Presently, he serves on the Ashram’s Spiritual Life Board.


Rev. Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D., is a senior Integral Yoga teacher. She has taught Raja Yoga, meditation, and scripture classes on the Bhagavad Gita and the Thirukkural. She has a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology and presently serves as the director of the Satchidananda Prison Project.