SUMMER RETREAT

coming together in love

Join us for our first in-person retreat in a year and a half! We’re also offering some of the retreat programs online for a virtual retreat. We’re excited to come together again with our community for an uplifting and inspiring event. The retreat will include:

  • daily meditations
  • programs and discussions 
  • uplifting music and dance
  • asana classes
  • social time together
  • deep relaxation
  • nature outing
  • organic food
  • beautiful accommodations

    SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS AND MORE DETAILS BELOW!

EVENT SCHEDULE

See the full retreat schedule by day below. All times are Pacific Standard. For virtual attendees, pay attention to which events are noted as available online. Not all programs will be streamed.

Tuesday, August 31st (Travel Day)

Time

Program Title

Coordinator

3:00 pm

Registration

Kaverii

5:30

Dharmachakra

 

(No dinner provided. Optional group meal at Govinda’s Restaurant)

Wednesday, September 1st
Time Program Title Instructor/ Coordinator Available Online?
5:30 am Meditation Self-Guided
7:00 Asana Class Kaverii Yes
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Opening Circle Shanti & Kaverii Yes
11:30 River Walk
12:00 pm Meditation Self-Guided
12:45 Lunch
1:30 Connection/ Reflection Time
2:00 Cultural Humility and Self Observation Rukmini Yes
4:30 Movement Class Jayanti Yes
5:30 Dharmachakra & Dharma Talk Yes
6:30 Dinner
8:00 An Evening of Bhajans Gayatri
Thursday, September 2nd
Time Program Title Instructor/ Coordinator Available Online?
5:30 am Meditation Self-Guided
7:00 Asana Class Kaverii Yes
8:00 Dharmachakra & Dharma Talk Yes
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Rising to Meet the Changing Times Ravi Yes
11:30 River Walk
12:00 pm Guided Chakra Meditation Yes
12:45 Lunch
1:30 Connection/ Reflection Time
2:30

Mapping Our Roles 

in a Social Change Ecosystem

Shakti Yes
4:00 Asana Class Tara Yes
5:30 Dharmachakra Yes
6:15 Baby Naming Ceremony for Wren
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Talent Show
Friday, September 3rd (Coast Outing Day)

Time

Program Title

Instructor/ Coordinator

Available Online?

5:30 am

Meditation

Self-Guided

7:00

Asanas

Self-Guided

8:00

Dharmachakra & Dharma Talk

9:00

Breakfast

9:45

Prepare to Leave

10:00

Leave for Outing 

to the Coast

4:30 pm

Leave Coast

6:00

Dharmacakra 

Yes

6:45

Dinner

8:00

Spiritual Stories/ Devotional Music

9:00

Avarta Kiirtan

Saturday, September 4th
Time Program Title Instructor/ Coordinator Available Online?
5:30 am Meditation & Asanas Self-Guided
7:00 Light Breakfast
8:00 Akhanda Kiirtan Yes
11:00 Dharmacakra Yes
11:45 Dharma Talk Yes
12:15 pm Lunch
2:00 Chants and Their Meaning Gayatri Yes
4:00 Restorative Yoga Madhuliika Yes
5:30 Dharmacakra & Dharma Talk Yes
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Envisioning the Possibilities Madhuliika
9:00 Avarta Kiirtan
Sunday, September 5th
Time Program Title Instructor/ Coordinator Available Online?
5:30 am Meditation Self-Guided
7:00 Asana Class Kaverii Yes
8:00 Dharmacakra & Dharma Talk Yes
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 In Service to Humanity Madhu Yes
11:30  Walk / Connecting / Reflection
12:00pm Meditation
12:45 Lunch
1:30 Walk / Connecting / Reflection
2:30 Closing Circle Yes
4:00 End of Retreat
5:30 Dharmachakra
6:30 Dinner

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: Wednesday, September 1st- Sunday, September 5th

TIME: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM Pacific Time

LOCATION: Dharmalaya Center in Eugene, OR
(Zoom participation is available for some programs)

PRICE: $0-$400

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

See decriptions to some of the retreat’s programs below. Unless otherwise noted, all of the programs listed here are available both in person and online. All times are Pacific Standard.

WEDS SEPT 1ST, 2PM: Cultural Humility and Self Observation with Rukmini
Together, we will explore what cultural humility is, how we can be more humble as we walk with people from different experiences of life, and learn to observe assumptions or systems of defense through body-based awareness. 
Some topics may include definitions of cultural humility; microaggressions and microaffirmations; and ways to become more culturally humble, along with how this ties into the yogic principle of svadhyaya.
THURS, SEPT 2ND 10AM: Rising to Meet Changing Times with Ravi

How has several years of pandemic, extreme weather, political turmoil, economic dislocations, rising voices of the marginalized, growing homelessness, personal challenges, etc. impacted us? How is it affecting our outlook for the future? How should our community be preparing to respond to changing times? A time to reflect and envision, together.

THURS, SEP 2ND, 2:30PM: Mapping Our Roles in a Social Change Ecosystem with Shakti

We all play an important role in achieving collective liberation, and we can’t do it alone. In this workshop we’ll identify our archetypal roles in creating a better world. We’ll explore the duties of these roles and how they function in support of each other. 

SAT, SEP 4TH, 8PM: Envisioning the Possibilities with Madhuliika (available in-person only)

Join Madhuliika for a creative program that taps into our deepest desire for a new vision of society that works for everyone.

SUN, SEPT 5TH, 10AM: In Service to Humanity with Madhuliika

An exploration of the ways in which Ananda Seva is meeting the challenges of our time and how we may view the changes as an opportunity to serve with hope and inspiration.

COVID SAFETY

The Ananda Seva Board is prioritizing the health and safety of our community. Some of the steps that will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID include the following:

Read more.
  • First and foremost, only fully vaccinated people are allowed to attend. 
  • There will be minimal time spent in an indoor setting. Meals, break time, and many  programs will be held outside in an event tent. And one day will be devoted to a trip to  the Oregon Coast. 
  • The indoor space will be exceptionally well ventilated, with a virus elimination air  filter in operation. 
  • The area of the indoor space is sufficient to allow people to maintain recommended  social distancing. 
  • All attending should bring face masks and use them if they go off site to public  settings. We reserve the option to have people mask during indoor kiirtans if deemed  necessary. 
  • The lodging accommodations will provide attendees with individual room space.

    This is a fluid situation and AS will remain vigilant in making needed adjustments in  accordance with the CDC, state and local guidelines, should adjustments become  necessary. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Dharmalaya

ACCOMMODATIONS

The retreat will be held at Dharmalaya in Eugene, Oregon. The serene natural meditation building sits on 2 acres of contiguous property bursting with fruit trees and shrubs, native wildflowers, diverse permaculture gardens and a fish pond. Guests will have access to a shared bath house and kitchen and have the option to sleep in a canvas tent, dorm, or private room. Guests can also choose to bring their own tent or stay offsite and commute. All ticket prices include three prepared meals daily and all-day programming.

COMMUTING: Commuters can stay at their own local accommodations and visit Dharmalaya during the day for programs.

PERSONAL TENT: Space will be provided for you to bring your own tent.

CANVAS TENT: Canvas walled tents with cots.

DORM: The dorms are a cozy onsite communal sleeping space with walled-off nooks for privacy.

PRIVATE ROOM: You can stay in a private room on the retreat site. You’ll be emailed to arrange details.

 

REGISTER WITH THE FORMS BELOW!

Register here to attend the retreat in-person at Dharmalaya.

Register for the in-person retreat by selecting your preferred accomodation below. You can also support our community scholarships by selecting the “community support” option in the registration form. This checkout is done separately from your personal registration.

    Please Note: When you click the "Proceed to Payment" button below, you will be redirected to the payment screen. We use PayPal as our payment provider but you do not need a PayPal account to pay. Simply choose the option "Don't Have a PayPal Account" to pay with your credit card. FYI, you will be sent two emails: One with your registration details and another one from PayPal confirming your payment.

    Register here to attend the retreat ONLINE

    The programs for the Summer Retreat were initially designed to be interacted with in-person. However, we want to make sure everyone in our community has safe access to these enriching programs. Though there is no way to fully recreate the experience of sharing space together, we will be able to stream many of the retreat’s offerings on Zoom. Please register with this sliding-scale form to join us digitally.

      Please Note: When you click the "Proceed to Payment" button below, you will be redirected to the payment screen. We use PayPal as our payment provider but you do not need a PayPal account to pay. Simply choose the option "Don't Have a PayPal Account" to pay with your credit card. FYI, you will be sent two emails: One with your registration details and another one from PayPal confirming your payment.

      Apply for a full or partial scholarship for the in-person retreat.

      If you would like to apply for a full or partial scholarship or if you’re uncertain about your ability to attend the retreat for any other reason, please let us know with this form. We want to do everything we can to get you to the retreat! (You can also attend the online retreat at a sliding-scale rate with the form above.)

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