SRV Summer Retreat

bridgeOn the American River over Gurupurnima
Foresthill, Northern California
Friday, July 23 – Thursday, July 29

In accordance with the diverse group of differing levels of aspirant, and considering the presence of several interested teenagers who attend, this summer’s retreat will accent the mainstays of the path, such as the beginning stages of spiritual practice and those select methods which are designed to assist the aspirant in attaining the more intermediate levels of proficiency.  Techniques which encourage a hands-on experience will be adopted, such as writing and presenting individual teaching reports, and the famous and recurring “one-minute” meditation period.

SRV Associations’‚ annual summer retreat in Northern California has developed into a marvelous multi-generational experience in the transmission of Vedanta’s liberating message while living together as one extended holy family. Everyone was deeply affected by the richness and potential of the teachings in this auspicious mix of ages, set in the beauty, peace, and seclusion of nature. Babaji’s ability to transmit essential teachings to individuals at any age and stage of development – simultaneously to the benefit of the entire group – is certainly one of the highlights of SRV sangha life. 

Recommended Reading (read something from each group):

  1. Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda’s four yoga books: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Raja Yoga; Bhagavad Gita.
  2. Meditation and Spiritual Life, by Sw. Yatiswarananda; Narada’s Path of Divine Love, translated by Sw. Prabhavananda; The Avadhut and His Twenty-Four Teachers in Nature, by Babaji Bob Kindler.
  3. Biographies in the Ramakrishna lineage: Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play (also known as Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master), biographies of Holy Mother, Swami Vivekananda; any of the biographies of Sri Ramakrishna’s disciples, and also compilations of their letters, are all a wealth of secrets and pointers in spiritual life, starting with the Eternal Companion (life of Swami Brahmananda) by Sw. Prabhavananda.

Retreat Details

bhavamaLocation/setting: Near Foresthill, California, in the gold country, not far from the American River.  The main house is used for meditation, classes, dining, and bathing.  Retreatants camp on the spacious grounds under clear starry skies.  Adults and kids classes occur simultaneously, with the children attending class in their own screened teaching tent.  Daily morning classes are balanced with afternoons at the river and evening devotions and satsang back at the main house.

Date: Friday, July 23 – Thursday, July 29

Arrivals & Departures:

  • For full retreat: arrive by 6pm, Friday, July 23; depart Thursday, July 29 at noon.

Tuition, all inclusive:

  • $600 for full retreat
  • $250 weekend (arrive Friday)
  • $100 per day
  • low income/student/sliding scale rate available, contact us

Children (6yrs to 14yrs)

  • $270 for full retreat
  • $135 weekend (arrive Friday)
  • $45 per day
  • low income/sliding scale rate available, contact us

Registration and tuition due by July 14
Cancellations: Nonrefundable fee of $75 after July 14
Meals: Vegetarian with eggs and dairy.  Contact us about food allergies.
Accommodations: Camping.  Bring a tent or just your sleeping bag and mat.
Questions? Call 808-990-3354