Retreat Schedule

Science of the Soul

Science of the Soul

“The Soul is the truth of who we are”. 

Discovering our soul is essentially discovering our true inner being.  Through this discovery, we are able to align with our purpose, our passions and what makes us feel whole.

The idea of being mindful- being present, being more conscious of life as it happens, may seem contradictory to pursuing goals. But cultivating mindfulness helps us achieve our goals and enjoy life more. We are more productive when we are mindful

During this insightful weekend we will:
  • Explore the innate virtues that reside in all of us
  • Discuss steps to connect to our inner self.
  • Understand how virtues and vices impact the soul.
  • Explore how science has contributed to the realization of the soul.
  • Experiment with how to focus on the now.

Facilitators: Antonio Figueroa, Porie Saikia,  Erik Larson

Friday
11August
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Choose Change And Become

Choose Change And Become

"Om Power" - Switch on Your Real Self - A retreat for ages 18-35 

Specially catered for the leaders of not just tomorrow but the leaders of today, this retreat is designed for and by Youth and Young Adults.

In the modern day living, technology and gadgets have hijacked and over powered us. New inventions are intended to make us more powerful, but unfortunately they have weakened our minds. We have forgotten our real essence and the power within. It is time to switch on our real selves, recharge our batteries with eternal power and reclaim our inner mastery. I am Power. Power is energy with a purpose. Each one of us is energy and when we use it in a purposeful way we become truly empowered - "Om" powered.

Each and every one of us is special, unique and a leader in our own lives. Let us take a weekend and choose to recharge ourselves, bring a profound change within,and become the ones we have been waiting for.. 

Facilitators: Aarti Pappu, Madhavi Patale, Saurabh Gupta

 

Aarti Pappu is a Physician Assistant who also helps organize spiritual learning activities and projects for young adults, youth, and children.

Madhavi Patale is full of zeal and enthusiasm and lives from the heart of the self. Passionate about serving the community, she offers sessions and insights on meditation and life management skills .

Saurabh Gupta, Ph.D., Senior Engineer at Cummins Inc., was a post-doctoral fellow at General Motors R&D. His Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering is from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Friday
11August
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Feeling Great - No Matter What!

Feeling Great - No Matter What!

“ To feel good, positive and great, I must realise a better way of life is in my hands.” 

Based on guidebook of classes from Administrative Head Dadi Janki - ​Feeling Great: How to Change Your Life for the Better, ​we see how the Supreme Being and Time are offering us the opportunity to become anything we wish to be; our potential is unlimited.

 

 

 

 

Become aware of 4 habits which stop us from feeling great:
● Forgetfulness
● Game of Substitute
● Disconnection from God
● Busyness

Learn to observe your inner world of thoughts and feelings and gain insights into how you are creating them and how to change them. Experience practical meditation exercises to create personal spiritual power. This enables us to maintain a stable positive attitude and that makes others feel great.

Experience feeling great through presentations, active and passive meditations, interactive group sessions, games, circle dancing, nature walking and journaling.

Facilitators: Chirya Risely, Ed Wondolowski, Tammy Hinkle, Jacinthe Chiasson

Chirya Risely has taught Raja Yoga meditation internationally and conducted Living Values Education in over 65 schools in the Caribbean.

Ed Wondolowski is Professor Emeritus of Management at Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a Director of Living Values Educational Program, Inc.

Tammy Hinkle is an entrepreneur specializing in custom house building, interior decorating and managing affordable housing.

Jacinthe Chiasson is based in Montreal, and currently focuses on assisting parents with home schooling for their children.

Friday
25August
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Inner Peace -Inner Power II

Inner Peace -Inner Power II

The second part of the Raja Yoga Meditation Course

Spiritual Knowledge when applied to life brings true happiness and freedomThis practical follow-up to the Inner Peace - Inner Power Part I retreat offers just that.  If you are seeking answers to age old questions, this retreat is for you.  

In this insightful weekend, we will discover the secrets of karma which give us the formula to create happiness in our lives and freedom from bondage in relationships. We will also explore the 8 spiritual powers and how to apply them to real life situations.  These powers include the ability to go within, to control the mind, to make decisions, and face all that life brings with confidence. 

  • Learn how to express at your highest potential and to exchange the energy of love with those around you.
  • Develop a strategy of working with the self and relating to others using the spiritual powers accumulated from meditation.
  • Enjoy time for silent reflection, creative activities, group discussions, and guided walks.

Facilitators: Susan Pollock, Madhavi Patale, Gloria Rodriguez

Madhavi Patale is full of zeal and enthusiasm and lives from the heart of the self. Passionate about serving the community, she offers sessions and insights on meditation and life management skills.

Susan Pollock has journeyed from the field of promotions and advertising sales to the staff of Peace Village where she now resides and shares the spiritual gifts she has gained.

Gloria Rodriguez has a passion of bringing change in the lives of people by teaching them how to attain peace of mind and lead a happy life through the practice of meditation.

Friday
25August
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Managing Anger

Managing Anger

Understand and Transform your anger

The retreat aims to work from the outside-in, increasing our understanding and our ability to deal with anger in a more effective and positive way. It will be based on the principles of observation, reflection, learning, practicing, and changing.

♣ Session 1: The Erupting Volcano (looks at the anger process)

♣ Session 2: Looking Beneath the Surface (looks at the power of thoughts in creating and resolving anger)

♣ Session 3: Into the Depths of the Volcano (looks at the sub-conscious aspects of anger)

Facilitators:  Sandhya Kanthan, Erik Larson, Dorothy Steinfeld

Friday
08September
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Love and Forgiveness

Love and Forgiveness

 

A Deeper Understanding of Love and Forgiveness

Understand how to Love without experiencing sorrow, and how to make Forgiveness final. Participants will receive practical information to help them begin the process of letting go of pain that comes from holding on to the past, and use the virtue of love to facilitate the process of forgiveness.

Facilitators: Marianne Weiss, Sonia Bhasin

 

Marianne Weiss has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work and has worked in the field of children and family therapy as a Clinical Therapist.

Friday
15September
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Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

 

Peace is an Inside Job

In a world that has become increasingly stressful and chaotic, real peace is one of the most sought after commodities. But it has also become one of the most elusive. This retreat is an opportunity to explore and experience the spiritual truths that can awaken, empower, and sustain that peace which is in fact a fundamental quality innate to every human soul.

Along with the essential tools of silence and meditation, a live drama interwoven throughout the retreat aids our understanding of how to apply these spiritual truths and obtain true peace and self-mastery on the 'battlefield of life.' Join us and discover how peace truly is 'an inside job.'

Facilitators: Tanya Rich, Erik Larson, Judi Rich, Mahadeo Shivraj

Tanya Rich Following a career in live theater, Tanya currently enjoys exploring spirituality as a mind-body movement specialist.

Erik Larson has a Degree in Civil Engineering and is a technical consultant.

Judi Rich is a graphic designer in the field of communications.

Mahadeo Shivraj is a professional actor in New York.

Friday
15September
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The Energy of Wealth

The Energy of Wealth

 
Insights into a Wealth Mindset

Is your definition of wealth and success realistic? Does it stand the test of time? Is there something like inner richness, and could that influence external factors of abundance? Are there more refined forms of joy that transcend physical experiences?

Welcome to a reflective retreat to re-evaluate the realities and the myths of abundance and success.

 

Facilitators:  Rona Schweitz, Satyan Shah,

Rona Schweitz  is a medical doctor, now fully dedicated to teaching meditation and practical methods for achieving the highest levels of spiritual experience.

 

Satyan Shah  is a graduate of Columbia University Business School with a career in the financial arena, specifically investing in hedge funds for institutions. He aspires to awaken the financial community by sharing tools and insights to help foster their personal growth.

Friday
22September
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Inner Peace - Inner Power I

Inner Peace - Inner Power I

The first part of the Raja Yoga Meditation Course

These days, the ability to connect with our true inner peace and the strength to move through life’s challenges seems to be more and more difficult.  As life's demands continually increase, we may even give up hope.

Raja Yoga Meditation is about learning to connect with the peace and power within, an eternal part of our true nature.      

This retreat is for authentic spiritual seekers on the path of self - discovery. You will learn to perceive yourself as a soul, a spiritual being, and to establish a direct connection with the Supreme Source of purest energy and highest consciousness.  

The retreat includes directed sessions, group activities, walks, meditation, journaling, and creative activities.

Facilitators: Susan Pollock, Madhavi Patale, Gloria Rodriguez

Madhavi Patale is full of zeal and enthusiasm and lives from the heart of the self. Passionate about serving the community, she offers sessions and insights on meditation and life management skills.

Susan Pollock has journeyed from the field of promotions and advertising sales to the staff of Peace Village where she now resides and shares the spiritual gifts she has gained.

Gloria Rodriguez has a passion of bringing change in the lives of people by teaching them how to attain peace of mind and lead a happy life through the practice of meditation.

Friday
29September
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Freedom in Relationships

Freedom in Relationships

Clear through your bondages and experience true happiness

Our relationships are meant to be a source of joy and comfort, but too often they bring us pain and sorrow.  This retreat takes you into an understanding of the ways that our mistaken beliefs about relationships and patterns of connecting with others entangle and limit us. Using spiritual principles and real world examples we will demystify these inner workings and show how, as the prophet Kahil Gibran said, there can be spaces in our togetherness and we can love one another and not make a bond of love. 

During this retreat there will be talks, small group dialogue, meditation, time for silent reflection in nature and time for celebration

Facilitators:  Sandhya Kanthan,  Judy Rodgers, Luciana Rossi

Sandhya Kanthan  enjoys creating workshops and retreats in which spiritual principles are applied to worldly knowledge.

Judy Rodgers  has spent 20 years as a communications consultant and coach.  She has a sustained interest in the ways that spiritual practice transforms communication and relationships.
 
Luciana Rossi, has come from the field of business and is now committed to a full-time spiritual life, its practices and teachings. 
Friday
29September
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Paz Interior - Poder Interior

Paz Interior - Poder Interior

Inner Peace - Inner Power,  I and II - In Spanish

Un fin de semana para aquéllos que están en una búsqueda espiritual de un camino para conocerse a si mismo. Aprenderás a ver el ser como un alma, un ser espiritual y a establecer una conexión directa con la Fuente Suprema de la energía más pura y la conciencia más elevada.  Descubrirás tus poderes espirituales y los misterios del karma. Experimentarás con técnicas de meditación que se pueden aplicar directamente a las situaciones de la vida real. El retiro incluye sesiones dirigidas, actividades grupales, caminatas, meditación, mantener un diario y  actividades creativas.  

LAS PERSONAS QUE YA ATENDIERON ESTE RETIRO RECIBIRAN CLASES ESPECIALES DURANTE EL FIN DE SEMANA.  DEJENNOS SABER.

Facilitators:  Amarilys Murillo, Belen Romero, Elizabeth Aivars

Por favor contactar a Elizabeth al 917-620-4659 si tiene preguntas

Friday
06October
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Nurturing Healing Connections

Nurturing Healing Connections

A Hope in Healthcare Retreat for Healthcare Professionals

At a time in healthcare when the focus on finance and efficiency seems to supersede all consideration, it is ever more necessary for healthcare givers to hold relationship as the center of all of our efforts in healing.

To do this with any means of consistency, we need connection with ourselves, with other nurturing people, with nature, creation, and particularly with soul consciousness, the Divine. It is these connections that create the relationships out of which healing can emerge and be sustained, for patients, ourselves, and for the world as a whole.

Come join us, colleagues in Health Care, at Peace Village in the beauty of fall, for dialogue, introspection, and connection and to learn and practice some of the tools for ‘Nurturing Healing Connections.’ We will explore and experiment with meditation as an important tool that takes us to the heart where our healthy, healing connections take birth and are sustained.

 

FACILITATORS:

Shvetank Agarwal, MD; Carol Davis, DPT, EdD; Merrillyn Hener, PT; Kala Iyengar, MD; Kinnari Murthy, MD; Carmen Palmer, RN, MPH; Celina Pereira, MD; Rona Schweitz, MD; Harvey Zarren, MD.

Shvetank Agarwal, MD, Cardiac Anesthesiology and Intensivist, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA. Teaches and practices Raja Yoga Meditation.

Carol Davis, DPT, EdD, Professor Emerita, recent past Vice Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.

Merrillyn Hener, PT, Physical Therapist with an alternative approach to healing. Practices and teaches Raja Yoga meditation.

Kala Iyengar, MD, Board-certified Pediatrician. Raja Yoga Teacher. Founding Director of the Point of Life Foundation, Director of Peace Village Learning & Retreat Center.

Kinnari Murthy, MD. Clinical Research Coordinator, Einstein Medical Center, PA. Public Health Specialist. Teaches Raja Yoga Meditation and Self Development courses.

Celina Pereira, MD, Adolescent Medicine, Guest Lecturer and Ret. Physician, University of RI. Practices and teaches meditation.

Carmen Palmer, RN, MPH, Program Coordinator, Point of Life Foundation. Practices and teaches Raja Yoga meditation.

Rona Schweitz, MD,  is a medical doctor, now fully dedicated to teaching meditation and practical methods for achieving the highest levels of spiritual experience.

 

Harvey Zarren, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Co-Facilitator of Healing with Hope Cancer Support Group, NSMC-Union Hospital, Lynn, MA.

Friday
06October
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Goodness and Happiness

Goodness and Happiness

Goodness Returns

This retreat will bring an understanding of how the soft power of Goodness generates enormous energy of zeal and enthusiasm and starts a chain reaction of goodness and happiness. It is a simple and natural phenomenon that starts as a small act of goodness and shows its wonders by producing a domino effect of goodness and happiness that can demolish the mountain of sorrow in the world. 

The participants will understand that an act of goodness is what we perform above and beyond our duty, obligation, or expectations. It can be towards the self, family, co-workers, animals, and nature. In the retreat, we will begin the process of experiencing joy through sharing our personal experiences of goodness and happiness, understand the deeper meaning of goodness through a scientific approach, and create a working plan of spreading the goodness to the 7 billion people of the world.

Facilitators:  Ram Singal, Saurabh Gupta, Ed Wondolowski

Friday
13October
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The Message of Pain

The Message of Pain

Grasp the Wisdom of Nature

This retreat is aimed at helping people understand the broader message of pain and illness. To show the connection between inner health as a building block for (future) physical health, or for a more resilient attitude toward pain and illness.

This retreat will include insights on the inner being and Supreme Power, Practice of Meditation, interactive workshops, walks, and stretches.

Facilitators:  Rona Schweitz, Kinnari Murthy

Rona Schweitz is a lecturer and author, with a background in medicine, fully dedicated to helping people explore spiritual wisdom and offering practical methods for achieving spiritual experience.

Kinnari Murthy is a clinical research coordinator for cardiology at Einstein Medical Center, PA.

Friday
13October
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Science of Meditation

Science of Meditation

Discover New Ways to Empower Yourself

We have been conditioned to believe that the world outside of us is more real than the world inside us and that our external world determines our internal world. Therefore, the ever-changing external world creates a perpetual state of stress in us as we make futile attempts to keep up with the changes around, with very little understanding that we actually subconsciously create our own reality all the time! But what really is reality?

Is it what we see or what we perceive? During this weekend, we will try to understand the most amazing entity in the entire universe, the human mind, in the light of a potpourri of modern scientific concepts and cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology and human biology as well as quantum physics. Interestingly, the human mind, despite its complexities, cannot distinguish between what it sees and what it imagines! 

Join us to explore ways to harness this imaginative capacity of the mind and to consciously create new paradigms of change and parallel realities.

Facilitators:   Shvetank Agarwal, Mary Friedland , Kanishtha Agarwal

Friday
27October
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Inner Peace - Inner Power II

Inner Peace - Inner Power II

The second part of the Raja Yoga Meditation Course

Spiritual Knowledge when applied to life brings true happiness and freedomThis practical follow-up to the Inner Peace - Inner Power Part I retreat offers just that.  If you are seeking answers to age old questions, this retreat is for you.  

In this insightful weekend, we will discover the secrets of karma which give us the formula to create happiness in our lives and freedom from bondage in relationships. We will also explore the 8 spiritual powers and how to apply them to real life situations.  These powers include the ability to go within, to control the mind, to make decisions, and face all that life brings with confidence.  

  • Learn how to express at your highest potential and to exchange the energy of love with those around you.
  • Develop a strategy of working with the self and relating to others using the spiritual powers accumulated from meditation.
  • Enjoy time for silent reflection, creative activities, group discussions, and guided walks.

Facilitators: Sandra Budge, Zvika Zur, Champa Patel

Sandra Budge, CPA is a Raja Yoga Meditation student and teacher at Peace Village and an accountant by profession.

Zvika Zur is a Raja Yoga Meditation student and teacher in Boston, Massachusetts and a software engineer.

Champa Patel has a degree in Microbiology and is also a Raja Yoga Meditation student and teacher in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Friday
27October
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Creating a Life of Purpose

Creating a Life of Purpose

A Deep and Creative Retreat

In facing the demands of a world marked by rapid change and upheaval, we can so easily lose our sense of ‘being’ in the survival strategies of ‘doing’. In order to create inner stability, it is absolutely essential at this time to know the self and our intrinsic value. We are not glorified machines, but wondrous and unique beings capable of immense beauty and goodness.

Through the teachings of Raja Yoga, discover a way to honor yourself and others by staying real and royal while facing the challenges of day-to-day situations and interactions. Recommended for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of how they can truly fulfill their spiritual purpose.

Join us and explore the spiritual art of applying peace and happiness to the canvas of your life.

Facilitators:  Tanya Rich, Judy Rich, Line Johnson

Tanya RIch is a former live theater performer, and a certified Pilates instructor specializing in mind-body movement

Judi Rich is a graphic designer in the field of communications, and certified fitness instructor. 

Line Johnson is a retired administrative assistant for the Quebec Arts Council, former massage therapist, and trained classical singer, who currently enjoys being a grandmother.

Registration will open 3 months prior to the retreat date


Friday
10November
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Spirituality In Moton

Spirituality In Moton

Before ‘doing’ there is ‘being’.

It is often perceived as extremely challenging to integrate spirituality into everyday life. By applying spiritual principles to movement, it becomes easier to ‘see’ and appreciate the soul’s innate beauty and power, as well as the impact of these in all areas of ones life. This unique retreat explores the teachings of Raja Yoga Meditation in conjunction with various movement disciplines, allowing participants to deepen their understanding experientially, of what it is to be a soul in a body.

Facilitators:  Tanya Rich, Judi Rich, Liz Karmooch

Tanya Rich us a former live theater performer, and a certified Pilates instructor specializing in mind-body movement.

Judi Rich is a graphic designer in the field of communications, and certified fitness instructor.

Liz Karmooch is a professional dancer and certified Pilates instructor living in New York City.

Registration will open 3 months prior to the retreat date

 


Friday
17November
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Philosophy of Karma

Philosophy of Karma

a whole weekend to focus on Karma

This retreat will use a combination of talks, readings, dialogue, journaling and meditation to explore the mysteries of karma.  We will spend a half-day in silence and of course experiment with karma yoga.

 

Facilitators:  Judy Rodgers, Kala Iyengar


Friday
17November
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Leading From the Heart - Part II

Leading From the Heart - Part II

Keeping An Open Heart No Matter What!

This retreat is a follow-up to Leading from the Heart Part I and therefore will be open only to individuals who have participated in Part I either in the year 2016 or this spring of 2017 – no exceptions will be considered.

This retreat will build on the knowledge presented in Part I and will serve to sustain and engage the further development of the process. Additional tools will be introduced to reinforce one’s leadership qualities to keep an open heart no matter what. Time will be allotted for the group to continue to build a powerful supportive learning community for their exploration of self–leadership, providing the courage to engage one’s spirit to live life fully, creatively, and authentically.

 

Facilitators: Ed Wondolowski , Micheline Tanguay

Ed Wondolowski is Professor Emeritus of Management at Bentley University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a Director of Living Values Educational Program, Inc.

Micheline Tanguay has come from the field of Human Resources, and is now dedicated to studying and teaching spiritualithy with love and gentleness..

Registration will open 3 months prior to the retreat date


Friday
01December
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Inner Peace - Inner Power III

Inner Peace - Inner Power III

The Third Part of the Raja Yoga Meditation Course

Meditation stills the mind and empowers the intellect to achieve insight and understanding which sustain harmony and can bring natural renewal at all levels of life.

Part III is a retreat for those who search for deeper spiritual meaning.

 

  • Gain a broader understanding of what is happening in the world at this timeand how it affects you as you begin to understand the depth of karma philosophy and the soul’s journey through the cycle of time.
  • Develop a more expansive picture of the world religions and the feeling of brotherhood as you explore the human world tree.
  • Learn about the history of Raja Yoga Meditation. Discover the benefits of leading a spiritual lifestyle.
  • Gain an introduction of the daily spiritual knowledge studied by the BrahmaKumaris worldwide.

IMPORTANT PRE-REQUISITE: Inner Peace – Inner Power Part II at Peace Village and / or completion of the Raja Yoga Foundation Course at a Brahma Kumaris Center. (Must have completed the lessons on soul, Supreme Soul and Karma)

Please note your pre-requisite in the comments area upon registration (Your registration will not be confirmed without this)

Facilitators:  Sandra Budge, Susan Pollock

Sandra Budge is a Raja Yoga Meditation student and teacher at Peace Village and an accountant by profession.

Susan Pollock has journeyed from the field of promotions and advertising sales to the staff of Peace Village where she now resides and shares the spiritual gifts she has gained.


Friday
01December
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