Dates: August 31-September 3, October 22-25, November 23-26, December 7-10, 2017; February 1-4, March 13-18, April 26-29, May 17-20, 2018

“Meditation annihilates time and then you are free, and you can be here and now.” Swami Rama

This 4-day guided meditation retreat is based on Swami Rama’s book, Meditation and Its Practice, a practical guide to inner life.

In this program you will learn:

  • How to relax the body
  • How to sit in a comfortable, steady position for meditation
  • How to make your breathing process serene
  • How to calmly witness the objects traveling in the train of your mind
  • How to introspect
  • How to remain centered and undisturbed

This beginning level 4-day guided meditation retreat includes daily classes in gentle joints & glands exercises, breathing, relaxation, and meditation. Practices include systematic relaxation, 2:1 breathing, the spinal breath, alternate nostril breathing, so’hum, application of sushumna, and witnessing and inspecting the mental train of thoughts arising from the conscious mind.

Swami Rama’s profound yet simple method of meditation will be explored through discussions, practicums and video lectures.

No previous experience is required. Please wear loose clothing, and bring a blank book for personal journaling entries. The ashram provides three vegetarian meals daily, chai twice a day, and a private room (when available).

The program begins the first day at 4:30 in the afternoon. Participants can arrive any time on the first day; all are invited for lunch at 1:00-2:00. The program ends on the last day after the morning session around 11:30, and participants are invited to stay for lunch. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Facilitator: Kamal Bri.

Duration: As noted. Application form is required.

Suggested donation: Rs. 3,600

Registration: Please fill out the online application form on the Registration page. You will be contacted by email after your form is submitted.

A Program for Progress in Meditation

“This program for progress in meditation is the result of thorough examination and experimentation by the tradition of the sages. Many sincere students of meditation have experienced its benefits. If you really want to attain the highest state of meditation, you should commit yourself to following this system, which is simple.”

Swami Rama, from Meditation and Its Practice

 

Typical Daily Schedule

6:00 a.m., Hot lemon water, chai

6:45, Joints and Glands, followed by systematic relaxation and diaphragmatic breathing

8:00, Breakfast

9:00, Walk/reflection/journaling/personal time

10-12 noon, Half-hour video, followed by practicum and guided meditation

1:00 pm, Lunch

2:00-4:00, Walk/reflection/journaling/personal time

4:00, Tea

4:30-6:30, Half-hour video, followed by practicum and guided meditation

7:00, Supper

8:00, Review of the day, followed by meditation

Optional reference materials:

Meditation and Its Practice, by Swami Rama, paperback

Exercises for Joints and Glands, by Himalayan Institute, paperback

“Guided Practice of Mantra and Meditation,” by Swami Rama, audio CD

“Practices of the Himalayan Tradition as Taught by Swami Rama, vol. 1:  Breathing and Relaxation,” audio CD

“How to Tread the Path of Superconscious Meditation” video lecture by Swami Rama