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5 Days New Year Meditation Silent Retreat in Virginia, USA

5 Days New Year Meditation Silent Retreat in Virginia, USA

  • Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, 108 Yogaville Way,Buckingham, Virginia 23921, USA

A New Year Yoga Retreat in Virginia

This retreat will give you a perfect time to pause, reflect, relax, and re-align yourself with your highest goals and provide a sense of fresh possibilities and energy for change. Time to re-align yourself with your highest goals.

Highlights

  • Daily asana and pranayama
  • Guided deep relaxation and meditation
  • Mauna and peaceful, tranquil atmosphere
  • Gentle and practical teachings of Integral yoga
  • Inspiration to help you forge your individual path
  • 3 delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily
  • Yoga asanas suitable for all levels
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Dormitory (shared room and bath) / private dormitory (private room and bath)

The most popular accommodations are dormitory accommodations - shared room and shared bath. There are two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs. The rooms are able to comfortably accommodate from two to eight people in upper and lower bunk beds.

A limited number of private dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms are also available for one or two people. Dormitory accommodations are not coed. Please advise if you are not able to climb stairs.

Lotus guest house (private room and bath)

Each room in the six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed, and full bath. Each room in the nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

The newest Lotus Guest House has twenty-two private rooms with private baths. Twelve have a full size bed, two have a single bed, and eight have two single beds.

They have rooms available for the physically challenged. All of the guest houses have wireless internet access.

Tenting and camping

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15 to December 1. Please bring your own tent, bedding, and towels. Also, all tent sites have tent platforms for a more comfortable and dry tenting experience.

Integral Yoga

The goal of Integral Yoga and the birthright of every individual is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family. This goal is achieved by maintaining the natural condition of a body of optimum health and strength, senses under total control, a mind well disciplined; clear and calm, an intellect as sharp as a razor, a will strong and pliable as steel, a heart full of unconditional love and compassion, an ego as pure as crystal, and a life filled with supreme peace and joy.

Program

Hatha Yoga: Physical postures of Yoga

Karma Yoga: Yoga in Action. Practicing Yoga and mindfulness through activity.

Workshop Session: Includes offerings lead by senior Integral Yoga members. Offerings vary between music, dance, talks on the different 6 branches of Yoga, Laugha Yoga and Q&A.

Opening Day

  • 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Registration
  • 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Deep Relaxation
  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Hatha Yoga
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Evening Meditation
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Supper
  • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Yogaville Welcoming & Retreat Orientation
  • 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. “How to Retreat” Talk
  • 9:30 p.m. Begin Observing Silence
  • 10 p.m. Lights out

Daily Schedule

  • 5:30 a.m. Wake-up call (dorms only)
  • 6 - 8:30 a.m. Ashram Meditation & Hatha Yoga
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 10:25 a.m. Workshop Session
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Karma Yoga
  • 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Meditation at LOTUS
  • 12:50 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Ashram Tour/Massage/Free Time
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Workshop Session or Extra Free Time
  • 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Hatha Yoga
  • 6: 00 - 6:30 p.m. Ashram Meditation
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Supper
  • 7:45 - 9:00 p.m. Workshop Session
  • 10:00 p.m. Lights out

Closing Day

  • 5:30 a.m. Wake-up call (dorms only)
  • 6:00 - 8:30 a.m. Ashram Meditation & Hatha Yoga
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. "Taking it Home” Talk
  • 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Breaking Silence: Sharing Circle
  • 12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. Check Out

Situated on the banks of the James river in Buckingham, Virginia with the Blue Ridge mountains as a backdrop, it encompasses over 600 acres of serene, wooded landscape. Five sacred sites, including lotus, provide a variety of options for meditation, prayer, and spiritual gatherings.

Distances

  • Charlottesville - 40 miles
  • Richmond - 75 miles
  • Washington DC - 150 miles
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
Services
  • Car rental nearby
  • Laundry nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby
  • Wireless internet

Three delicious and nutritious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily will be provided as part of the yogic diet.

  • 3 delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily practice of asana , pranayama, guided deep relaxation, meditation, and mauna
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Excursions
  • Transfers

Driving directions from the North

From Boston: (approx. 12 hours)

  • Choose route to New York City or take Mass Pike West to Sturbridge
  • Then follow I-84 West to Scranton, PA
  • From Scranton, take I-81 South to Staunton, VA
  • From Staunton, I-64 East to Charlottesville (about 30 miles)
  • Leave I-64 at exit for Route 20 South, Scottsville
  • Follow directions from Charlottesville, via Route 20 South

From New York City: (approx. 4 hours to Baltimore)

  • Take George Washington Bridge, Holland or Lincoln Tunnels to New Jersey Turnpike South until it ends (or switch off at exit 7 or below to I-295 South to avoid toll)
  • Both Turnpike and I-295 take you to Delaware Memorial Bridge
  • Cross Bridge and continue through Delaware on I-95 South to Baltimore, following signs

Continuing from Baltimore: (approx. 4.5 hours)

  • Stay on I-95 and take the Harbor Tunnel-Thruway over / under Baltimore and stay on I-95 South, following signs, toward Washington, DC
  • Before you reach DC, exit onto the Capitol Beltway, I-495, West, Silver Spring, toward Frederick/Bethesda
  • Following I-495 from Maryland into Virginia, around Washington, until exit 49 (22 miles) for I-66 West toward Manassas
  • After about 12 miles, exit off I-66 (exit 52) to Route 29 South until Charlottesville.

From Washington, DC: (approx. 3.5 hours)

  • Take Constitution Avenue toward the George Washington Monument
  • Go onto I-66 West. Take I-66 out of Washington and continue for about 45 minutes to exit 43A toward Warrenton and Gainsville
  • Take Route 29 South into Charlottesville

Continuing from Charlottesville: (approx. 1 hour)

  • Take the exit for I-64 West toward Lynchburg on 29 (South) Bypass
  • Continue for about 4 miles on the Bypass
  • Take I-64 East toward Richmond
  • After about 3 miles, take exit 121 A onto Route 20 South, follow 20 through Scottsville
  • Cross the James River and continue on Route 20 for about 8 miles into Buckingham County
  • Look for Route 655 on right (small rectangular white sign). 655 is on the right immediately after Midway Market. Go right onto 655 (Rt. 655s name changes from Glenmore Rd. to Jerusalem Church Rd. to Manteo) and continue for 5 miles to a stop sign (there are small stores on both sides)
  • Continue straight through stop sign on 655 for 7 miles (655 becomes 601 after a short time.) At the end of a winding hill is the intersection of 601 and 604
  • (Route 604 is named Woodland Church Road) Turn left onto Route 604
  • After 3/4 mi., turn right at the sign: Sivananda Hall, Visitors
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area

Alternate route from Charlottesville:

  • Leave I-64 for 29 South (towards Lynchburg)
  • Go about 30 miles to Lovingston
  • Turn left (East) on Route 56 (James River Highway) towards Shipman
  • Travel about 15 miles, cross the James River
  • In 2 miles turn left onto Route 604 (Woodland Church Road)
  • Continue 4 mi. on 604. Pass the first large green sign on the corner of 604 and Karuna Road that reads Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville, Visitors, continue straight ahead 0.8 mile and turn left at the second large green sign on 604 that reads: Sivananda Hall, Visitors.
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area.

Driving directions from the East

From Richmond:

  • Take Route 60 West about 60 miles through Buckingham Courthouse
  • About 1.5 miles past the Courthouse on Route 60, turn right onto Route 56
  • Continue on Route 56 about 8 miles, past Route 604 on the left, and then after .06 miles, turn right onto Route 604
  • After about 4 miles, continue pass the first green sign that reads Welcome to Yogaville. (on the corner of Route 604 and Karuna Road)
  • Continue on Route 604 for another 0.8 miles and turn left at the second large green sign that reads Sivananda Hall Visitors.
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area.

Driving directions from the West

From Roanoke:

  • Take Route 460 East toward Bedford to Lynchburg

From Lynchburg:

  • Take Route 29 North (towards Charlottesville)
  • Go about 30 miles to Lovingston
  • Turn right (East) on Route 56 towards Shipman
  • Travel about 11.5 miles cross the James River
  • In 2 miles turn left onto Route 604
  • After about 4 miles, continue pass the first green sign that reads Welcome to Yogaville. (on the corner of Route 604 and Karuna Road)
  • Continue on Route 604 for another 0.8 miles and turn left at the second large green sign that reads Sivananda Hall Visitors
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area

Driving directions from the South

From Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, North Carolina:

  • Take 15 North to the outskirts of Farmville, Virginia
  • Take 15 bypass
  • Follow 15 North to Route 60
  • Take a left onto Route 60 West and continue through Buckingham Courthouse
  • About 1.5 miles past the Courthouse on Route 60, turn right onto Route 56
  • Continue on Route 56 about 8 miles, past Route 604 on the left, and then after .06 miles, turn right onto Route 604
  • After about 4 miles, continue pass the first green sign that reads Welcome to Yogaville. (on the corner of Route 604 and Karuna Road)
  • Continue on Route 604 for another 0.8 miles and turn left at the second large green sign that reads Sivananda Hall Visitors
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area

Arrival by airplane

In making your travel arrangements, you may book the following airlines for Charlottesville: US Air, United Express (United Airlines), American Eagle (American Airline), and Comair (Delta).

There is no public transportation from Charlottesville to Yogaville. You may wish to rent your own car or contact the Ashram reservation center to arrange transportation to the Ashram. Avis, Budget, and Hertz rental car companies are located at the airport and in Charlottesville.

Arrival by bus

In making your travel arrangements, public transportation from your area into Charlottesville is available via Amtrak, Greyhound Bus.

Arrival by train

You may order pick-up and / or drop-off service to and from Yogaville from the train station. Pricing info and details can be found at Super Shuttle website or with a quick search on Google. Visit the Greyhound or Amtrak website if you require a reservation from DC to Charlottesville.

Virginia, United States

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