Retreat Program and Workshop Descriptions
For concise view see Calendar
Timers Weekends. These
programs work wonderfully for everyone, whether a new or experienced guest,
but first time visitors receive a 30% discount. Youll be amazed
how much you can experience in one short weekend. Youll have instruction
in meditation and guided yoga postures and experience a vibrant, spiritual
way of life. Youll explore some of the spiritual principles behind
Anandas successprinciples that can help you improve your
own quality of life. Youll have an opportunity to explore our trails
and pond, get to know longtime Ananda members, and enjoy uplifting music
and stories of Ananda.
Our instructors are experienced meditators and teachers who can guide
you from their own study and personal experience. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Offered once a Month. cost: $35
Joy of Creativity
with special guests Bob Yehling and Iana Lahi
A Yoga and the Arts Weekend Retreat
How do creative people receive constant inspiration and flow for their
writings, pieces of music and works of art? Are they simply "blessed,"
or is it more than that? This weekend workshop will help us connect to
the source of creativity and ever-new joy by using techniques of writing,
drawing, energization, creative affirmations, meditation, yoga, and movement
exercises, all in the abundant natural setting of Ananda Rhode Island.
The weekend is inspired by the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami
Kriyananda and Joseph Bharat Cornel and is especially designed for writers,
musicians, artists and anyone seeking to awaken their deepest creativity.
Bob Yehling has been an Ananda Kriyaban since 1992. He is the author of
four books, with three more on the way. He teaches the "Writes of
Life" series of workshops, sponsored by The Writer magazine, throughout
the United States and Europe. Former professional dancer Iana Lahi is
a teacher of yoga, movement and the relationship between creativity and
Spirit. She is the author of "Spirit Gateways".
Special rates apply for this weekend. Call for details.
Full Retreat$249 Day Retreatants$149 (ask about discount
This weekend is for those who want to learn what Kriya Yoga is and the
steps necessary for initiation. Youll learn methods for working
with subtle, inner energies and with the chakras, and youll learn
to awaken devotion. You will take home techniques to transform your life
and those preparing for the fall initiation can learn the Kriya Preparation
Higher kriya Initiation Weekend
Guests : Wayne and Elizabeth Palmer
Right Attitude: Keys
to Success weave joy into your life
July 30-August 1
Your thoughts and feelings are as
important as your actions, determining the quality of your life. We want
our lives to reflect our highest potential, yet often we react to challenges
and change with fear or other negative emotions. In this class you will
learn to develop the attitudes and personal magnetism you need to draw
to yourself whatever is needed.
Explore how to:
--Develop harmonious relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
--Develop the intuition you need
to make good choices and decisions.
--See your circumstances as an opportunity for growth and self-acceptance.
--Enjoy nature games and a "Guru Day" celebration on Saturday
with altars to each of the masters of this path.
Wayne and Elizabeth served as staff members at Ananda Rhode Island in
2001-2002 and are now ministers at Ananda Sacramento, CA
Are you ready to pull away from the demands and concerns of your daily
life and immerse yourself for four days in the vibrations of joy, relaxation,
inspiration, and spiritual friendship? Spiritual Renewal Week has been
anAnanda tradition for 35 years at Ananda Village in California, and now
thisyear we'll be sharing our third annual event with you in Rhode Island.
It'salways, as the name implies, a time of deep inner renewal in which
to "recharge your inner battery" with upliftment and peace of
Our theme this year will be "The
Way of Ananda." We'll have morning classes on Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday on the topics of "The True Nature of Reality", "The
Way of Dharma-Right Action-In the World," and "The Universal
Pathway to God." Evenings will be a rousing kirtan, Indian banquet
and concert, and a Kriya Yoga Initiation. Afternoons will include an informal
question and answer tea with Jyotish and Devi. There will be an alternate
program for those not taking Kriya initiation. The event will conclude
with Sunday Service led by Jyotish, Devi, and your Rhode Island ministry
team. We hope that you can join us.
22 The Cosmic Connection:
the cycles of time Byasa
Steinmetz has devoted several years to collecting information related
to Sri Yukteswars Yuga Cycle concept and is compiling his findings
into a forthcoming book. He shares the fruits of his studies in this seminar/lecture
series/workshop, bringing to the topic his experience as a scientist and
engineer and his study of the teachings of Yogananda. He lives in the
Ananda Sacramento community where he serves as a minister and works on
Byasa has added much new material to his presentation since he last was
here, reflecting his current research areas.
Summary of the talk:
The dawn of a new era: Tumultuous currents of change surround
us where will it lead? The Yuga Cycle teaching brings understanding
to the present and points to a hopeful future.
Confirmation in history: The lessons of known history give credence
to this radical evolutionary view.
Sources and details: We explore the roots of this long-forgotten
world-view, and the subtleties of its workings.
The cosmic connection: Sri Yukteswars enigmatic explanation
of the causes of the Yugas suggests a relation between human consciousness
and the cosmos. Tantalizing clues from modern research hint at this also.
Art and Science of Kriya Yogalinks
you to kriya programs and workshops
Meditations and Healing Prayers
Call for times. No charge.
We welcome you to join us for morning and evening chanting and meditation.
If you live nearby, come any day. Call first to confirm times. Our Wednesday
evening meditation service (5:306:45pm) includes special healing
prayers for those on our healing prayer list.
Classes offered during the week at the Ananda Retreat and in
Westerly, RI. Call for times and cost.
Relax and Recharge is an opportunity to enjoy the spiritually
uplifting atmosphere of the Ananda Retreat Center and to partake of as
many of the following offerings as you wish. You can arrive almost any
time and stay as long as you like. One of our staff is available to help
you design your stay. Twice daily periods of Energization Exercises and
meditation are available. Optional guidance or instruction in meditation
or yoga postures; nature trails, Hope Pond, and outdoor shrines; time
for journal writing, quiet reflection, study or meditation are some of
the many possibilities.