Swan River Arabi Silent Retreat January 13-15, 2017

November 6, 2016



Get a chance to truly & deeply relax deeply using yogic techniques with Swami Sankarananda aka Peace Pilgrim.

In this 2 day retreat we will be able to deepen in silence, meditate, chant, learn the teachings of the original peace pilgrim and the Bhagvadgita. The retreat will finish with a peace walk. There will be plenty of time for journaling and reflection. There will also be two optional yoga classes each day.

To learn more about the teacher, visit http://www.fromfear2peace.org/

How to Register:
Fill out the form below.
Once you have received a confirmation email,  a reservation for the retreat will be complete. 
Registration Form

How long will the retreat be? 
From Friday at 6pm, to Sunday at 4pm. Attendees are expected to arrive at 5pm on Friday.

What is the cost of the retreat? 
The retreat is donation based. Once you have completed the retreat, you may offer whatever is comfortable and sustainable. The studio will forward (after cost) any excess money to Swamiji as an offering of love for his continuing journey.

Will this be a silent retreat?
With exception to the Friday night introductions and sharing, silence will be observed from Satsang on Friday until 10AM on Sunday morning. 

General Rules
Silence is to be maintained during the silent portion of retreat, except for chanting and discussion with the teacher.

If anyone does not feel well or needs to discuss anything, they should let let the course manager know.
All communications gear (phones, computers, etc) are to be deposited with the course manager. 

Participants should also provide the course manager’s information to their emergency contacts. The course manager will check for any emergency contacts regularly.

Will attendees stay overnight and where? 
The retreat spans from Friday to Sunday.


Will people stay overnight? The retreat spans from Friday to Sunday. There are three options for sleeping that we offer

1. Stay at your own place. This option is great for obvious reasons, however we ask that you check to see if you can make the entire schedule with this option and that while at home you maintain the container of silence of speech and mind. That is no TV, Cell phones Internet etc.


2. Stay at the studio. This option is the most convenient in that you can stay at the studio. You can bring an air mattress or if you are ok with sleeping on a yoga mat we can provide you one. There will be no showering facilities at the studio for the duration of the retreat.


3. Camping Option. We have a plot of land available to camp on that is a 15 min walk from the studio. It is on Tupelo and St Claude. There are no facilities there other than camping. We also ask that you keep your valuable in your car and dont leave them in the tent during the retreat. This is a great option for those who want to go deeper and stay close by or are coming from out of town and are on a limited budget.

Will food be included? 
Simple vegan gluten-free food will be included. We will provide three meals a day with some fruits and snacks. If you have special needs beyond this, please let us know and we will try and accommodate you. 

Friday: Dinner 
Satruday: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack/Tea & Dinner 
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch & Snack

What will the general time table be?

Retreat Schedule

Friday, Jan 13, 2017
Studio open for arrival of participants from 3pm to 6pm 
5-6PM        -- Arrival
6PM           -- Opening, Prayer of Blessing, Introductions and Retreat Orientation
6:30PM      -- Light communal snack
7:00PM      -- Seva (clean up)
7:30PM      -- Satsang
                       World Peace Meditation
                       Dharma Talk
10PM         -- Lights out

Saturday, January 14, 2017
5AM           -- Wake up bell
5:30AM      -- Satsang
                        Dharma Talk - “Practical Vedanta - Unity and the Power of Kindness in Action”

7:30AM       -- Personal Time
8:00AM       -- Gentle Yoga class (optional)
9:30AM       -- Brunch
10:30           -- Seva
11:30AM - 3PM    
                      -- Private time with Swamiji
                      -- Practice on own (Rest / journal / meditate)

3 - 4:30PM  -- Yoga Asana class
4:30PM        -- Tea
5 - 6PM        -- Bhagavad Gita Workshop
6PM             -- Dinner / clean up
7PM             -- World Peace Chanting
7:30PM        -- Satsang
                          Dharma Talk
10PM            -- Lights out

Sunday, January 15, 2017
5AM            -- Wake up bell
5:30AM       -- Satsang 
                        Dharma Talk - Peace Pilgrim “Steps to Inner Peace”
7:30AM       -- Personal Time
8:00AM       -- Yoga Nidra
9:30AM       -- Brunch
10:30AM - 2PM  
                     -- Peace Walk
2 - 3PM       -- Bhagavad Gita Workshop
3 - 4PM       -- World Peace Chant, Closing Discussions and Prayers
4PM             -- Program Ends

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