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2023 HYMTA ANNUAL RETREAT

Watch and Listen to Retreat Proceedings

If you missed the retreat, no worries!  You can now watch Swami Ritavan's lectures & guided meditation videos, and listen to Swami Ma Radha's guided meditations and kriya's at your own convenience.

Please click on the following link or Register button to receive a link to the transcripts page.

Cost: $150   for the transcripts of the events listed below:

After successful registration, the confirmation email will contain the link and password to be used for the following events.

 

RETREAT RECORDINGS:

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 14th (Day of Silence)

   10:00 am  Sheethalikarana – Ma Radha 

     8:00 pm  Swami Ritavan– Silence, Shunya (emptiness), and Fullness

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th

  10:00 am   Om KriyaMa Radha

    7:30 pm   “Aapo Deepo Bhavah”

                  Swami Ritavan:Being Your Own Light (Via Zoom)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th

    6:30 am  “Be Your Own Light” Meditation –  Swami Ritavan

  10:00 am   Om Kriya – Ma Radha
    1:30 pm   Building Good Sadhana Habits - Eric Ness

    8:00 pm   Shakti (Sri Lalita) Sadhana –

                  Swami Ritavan:  Lecture & Practice

  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th

      6:30 am   Meditation with Ma Radha

   10:00 am   Lalita Sahasranama with Ma Radha

   * Lalita Sahasranama translation text will be provided

SEPTEMBER 13th - 17th

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The Sri Vidya science embodies the core teaching and practices of The Himalayan Tradition.

Swami Veda Bharati described Sri Vidya as the science of the Universe. It honors the Mother Divine as the Shakti, the source of all creation.Sri Vidya encompasses all Tantras (sacred texts and teachings).  

Swami Ritavan will share with us the philosophy and practices of Sri Vidya

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The participants who wish to register for two or more days of silence can opt to arrive and register on the 13th and practice silence till the afternoon of the 15th or continue as they wish.

At the retreat, participants will be introduced to our new Sangha Mantra given to us during the 2023 Sangha Gathering in February this year.

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Our Guest Speakers: Swami Ritavan and Ma Radha

Swami Ma Radha Bharati MA and PhD (Comparative Philosophy), MA (Public Policy), Humphrey Institute Fellow

She is a disciple of Swami Rama, Swami Veda within the Himalayan Tradition since 1970. Since then, she has studied, practiced and taught the philosphy and practices of the Himalayan Tradition throughout the world. She has served as founding counsel and director of the Gurukulam (Teacher Training School) at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG), and frequently guides the participants in silence and sadhana retreats.

Swami Ritavan Bharati ERYT 500 has been serving H.H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas and Swami Veda Bharati’s work for the past thirty years. He was formerly known as Pandit Ananta. In February 2007 he took his vow to Swami- hood and was given the name of Swami Ritavan Bharati. He is Ashram Pramukh (Head) at SRSG (Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama). He is a highly trained yoga philosophy and meditation teacher and has taught world-wide. Swami Ritavan holds a master’s degrees in management, in education and in holistic philosophy. His kindness and meditative depth shines in his speech and actions.

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RETREAT SCHEDULE:

 Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 13th

    4:00 pm   Arrival and Registration for Silence Participants
    6:00 pm   SUPPER
    7:15 pm   Orientation
for Silence*

    7:30 pm  Ma Radha/Eric Ness

                   Practicing Silence

    9:45 pm   Guided Prayers - Eric Ness

  *Silence preparation/review materials will be e-mailed to Silence registrants in advance.

 Thursday, SEPTEMBER 14th (Day of Silence)

    6:15 am   Morning Prayers with Eric Ness
 
  6:30 am   Meditation with Ma Radha

    7:00 am   Himalayan Hatha Yoga

    8:00 am   BREAKFAST

   10:00 am  Sheethalikarana – Ma Radha
  12:00 pm   LUNCH

    3:30 pm   Himalayan Hatha Yoga

    4:30 pm   Contemplative Walk - Eric Ness

    6:00 pm   SUPPER

    8:00 pm  Swami Ritavan– Silence, Shunya (emptiness), and Fullness (Via Zoom)            

     9:45 pm  Evening Prayers - Eric Ness

 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th (Silence till 4 PM)

     6:15 am   Morning Prayers with Eric Ness

    6:30 am   Meditation with Eric Ness

    7:00 am   Himalayan Hatha Yoga

    8:00 am   BREAKFAST
 
10:00 am   Om KriyaMa Radha
12:00 pm   LUNCH

    3:30 pm   Himalayan Hatha Yoga

    4:00 pm   Arrival and Registration for new participants
    6:00 pm   SUPPER
    7:15 pm   Orientation for new participants

    7:30 pm   “Aapo Deepo Bhavah”

                  Swami Ritavan:Being Your Own Light (Via Zoom)
  9:45 pm   Evening Prayers - Eric Ness


 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th

     6:15 am   Morning Prayers with Eric Ness
    6:30 am  “Be Your Own Light” Meditation –  Swami Ritavan (Via Zoom)

    7:00 am   Himalayan Hatha Yoga

    8:00 am   BREAKFAST

  10:00 am   Om Kriya – Ma Radha
  12:00 pm   LUNCH

    1:30 pm   Building Good Sadhana Habits - Eric Ness

    3:30 pm   Himalayan Hatha Yoga

    4:30 pm   Cultural Program
                   GONGTOPIA with Michael Bettine

    6:00 pm   SUPPER

    8:00 pm   Shakti (Sri Lalita) Sadhana –

                  Swami Ritavan:  Lecture & Practice (Via Zoom)

  10:00 pm   Evening Prayers- Eric Ness

 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th

     6:15 am   Morning Prayers with Eric Ness

    6:30 am   Meditation with Ma Radha

    7:00 am   Himalayan Hatha Yoga

    8:00 am   BREAKFAST
    9:30 am   Check Out
    10:00 am   Lalita Sahasranama

                  (Thousand Names of Mother Divine*) - Ma Radha
    12:00 pm   LUNCH

    2:00 pm   Departure

  * Lalita Sahasranama translation text will be provided

Retreat Pricing

Includes silence practice, workshops, hatha yoga classes and vegetarian meals with ashram experience.

(At the time of registration, please inform us of any dietary or other special needs.)

Stay Option            HYMTA           HYMTA  

                            Members       Non-Members

9/13 - 9/17

Silence-Single Rm     $675              $750

Silence-Double Rm    $610              $675

 

9/15 - 9/17:

Regular-Single Rm     $540              $600

Regular-Double Rm    $475              $525

 

* HYMTA Non-members can Join HYMTA for $35 ($40 savings)

Day Scholar Participant Options

Pricing - (per person – includes meals/unless noted)

$80   Friday Lecture only

$225 Saturday Programs plus Meals (B-L-D)

    ($190 no meals)

$125 Sunday Programs Plus Lunch

    ($99 no meals)

$360 Fri-Sat-Sun All Programs plus Meals (D-B-L-D-B-L)

$265 Fri-Sat-Sun All Programs no Meals 

Location & Accommodations

About 50 miles northwest of Chicago, Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology campus sits in the serene countryside of Woodstock, Illinois. The campus space is encompassed by 98 acres of greenery and serves as a peaceful place for spiritual and intellectual growth and connection with peers, colleagues, and friends.

GREEN PROMISE

LUREC’s fundamental guiding principle is conservation on our campus through reducing, reusing, and recycling. Loyola is committed to restoring and maintaining the biodiversity of our campus, and during your stay with us, we invite you to take part in our mission of sus- tainability, conservation, and restoration. As part of our green promise, we installed a geo- thermal system in our north wing so that guests can enjoy the ground’s gift of warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.

Address:

Loyola U Retreat & Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Rd.
Woodstock, Il 60098
815.338.1032
www.luc.edu/retreatcampus/

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