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Intensive retreats

Retreats in India

We regularly organize retreats in India, the land that gave birth to this profound tradition. Two places are of special significance to us because they were set up by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the teacher from whom we have learnt Vedanta:

Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Institute for Vedanta and Sanskrit, Anaikatti. It is situated 30 km away from Coimbatore in South India (Tamil Nadu), close to the Nilgiri Mountains, amidst a lush green national forest reserve and surrounded by several hills. Individual comfortable rooms and cottages are available within this Institute. You can see some photos of this retreat center by visiting this page.

Swami Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh. Rishikesh is in North India, a vibrant and ancient spiritual place on the banks of the sacred river Ganges at the foothills of Himalayas. Individual apartments are available within this Ashram. Photos of this retreat center can be found at this page.

During these intensive retreats, you will have an opportunity to dwell deeply into the teaching of Vedanta. The exposure to this vision without any other distractions can truly bring about a major shift in perspective and transform your entire life. The program consist of discourses on Vedanta, guided meditations, and dialogue sessions. Yoga classes with a qualified teacher are also be arranged whenever it is possible. Excursions in nature such as trekking, river rafting (in Rishikesh) and cultural discovery tours can be organized as well. Circuits for extensions after the retreat to discover South India or the Himalayas can also be planned on an individual basis. The number of participants is generally kept between 5 to 20 so that everybody gets personal attention and benefits fully from these intensives.

To know more about these retreats :

Download the sample brochures in pdf format of two previous retreats

Anaikatti, January 2010
Rishikesh, September 2009

Visit the Photo Gallery of these previous intensives

Anaikatti, January 2010
Rishikesh, September 2009

Read the feedback of some of participants

Do not forget to consult regularly the upcoming events page where we will announce our next retreats and post their detailed brochures.

Retreats on demand

Intensive retreats of ten days to one month can be organized in you area or your country on demand. The program could include discourses on Vedanta, guided meditations, dialogue sessions and Yoga classes based on the model of retreats we conduct in India. Their venue should ideally be a quiet and green location such as a farm house, lake, mountain or beach resort of your choice.

If you would like to organize an intensive retreat in your area, please contact us so we can discuss about it more in detail.

Some suggested topics for a retreat on demand:

You are the truth of everything - The vision of Vedanta
This retreat will unfold systematically and leisurely the entire vision of Vedanta exposed briefly in the website. It will examine the various issues any human being is confronted with and address them in the most fundamental manner through the teaching of Vedanta. The role of Vedanta as a means of knowledge, necessity for a teacher, the process of knowing, the need for personal growth and the means to achieve this growth will be elaborated with material drawn from the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita.

The values of values and human maturity - Selected verses from Gita
The verses from the Chapter XIII of the Bhagavad Gita will be utilized to analyze the topic. These verses will help the participants to discover the definition and place of values in the teaching of Vedanta, give insights into how to grow into an objective, tranquil, compassionate human being. Understanding and implementing these values are necessary not only for a spiritual seeker but for anyone who wants to live a life free from conflicts.

The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita – Selected verses
The teaching of the Gita will be elaborated during this retreat through selected verses translated in English. Being the essence of the teaching of the Upanishad, the Gita unfolds the nature of the individual, the cause of the universe, their identity, and also the different means to gain the preparedness necessary for this knowledge.

The Jewel of discrimination – Selected verses from Vivekacudamani
This retreat is based on a popular text-book on Vedanta, Vivekacudamani. It is presented in the form of a lively dialogue between a student and his teacher. An English translation of the book will be used as a study material upon which we will give elaborate commentary. Through this text, we will cover the entire vision of Vedanta.

The knowledge of the ultimate reality – Selected verses from Tattva Bodha
Tattva Bodha is an introductory text-book on Vedanta that is studied initially in the tradition as it presents the main definitions of terms and exposes briefly the different teaching methods. The study of this book enables one to have a strong foundation which is essential for in-depth study of Vedanta.

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Vedanta, the Yoga of Objectivity
In this interview done in Bangkok, Neema explains why we have chosen to call this website, Vedanta, the Yoga
of Objectivity. What is the relationship between objectivity and seeing the reality as it is? What are the different
levels of objectivity we are speaking about?
Listen to audio (3:46 minutes)

Introduction to Vedanta, a timeless wisdom
A series of 4 videos which unfolds in a methodical,
short and powerful way the whole vision of Vedanta by looking into what we are really
searching in life and by inquiring into each side of the equation you are that (tat tvam asi).

The timeless teaching of the Bhagavad Gita
Watch this series of 20+ videos which unfolds the
essential verses of the Bhagvad Gita in a modern, accessible and yet profound manner. These talks
highlight how its vision is relevant to our contemporary world. It also shows how its teaching can help us to
live a meaningful and objective life.

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