Retreat Schedule

Dear Friends,

We look forward to welcoming you at Peace Village for a spiritual experience.

Here are a few guidelines to help you as you set out to register for the retreat(s) of your choice.

  • Retreats are open for registration three months prior to the start date.
  • As soon as you have decided which retreat you would like to attend, we recommend that you register immediately since the retreats fill up quickly.
  • When the retreat has reached the maximum number of registrants, you will no longer be able to register. In most cases, we do not have a waiting list.
  • Once you have registered and if for any reason you cannot come to the retreat, please send us a cancellation by return email from the confirmation you would have received from us.
  • If you have registered several times and did not show up or cancel your registration with us, you may not be confirmed for future retreats.
  • Numbers are limited for each retreat. We allow at least three retreats per person per year. If you are not able to attend and you inform us in advance, we will then open that spot for someone else.
  • We also recommend that you connect with your local Brahma Kumaris center to know more about us before your retreat and to sustain your spiritual experiences after your retreat.

Recharging Our Attitude  &  Uplifting Our Altitude

Recharging Our Attitude & Uplifting Our Altitude

ENLIVENING HOPE IN OUR WORLD

Sometimes the heaviness and anxiety around us leaks through the walls -- of our homes and our minds -- affecting our mood, our attitude, and our vision. We may find that we have lost the hope and light in our hearts.   

Spirituality has the power to reawaken us, lighting our inner lamp with spiritual insights and inner experiences of peace, joy and unlimited love that transcend the physical.   Filled with these inner states, we easily serve and support our family, friends, community and the world.

This Retreat shows you how to armor yourself to be in the world but not to take on the sorrow of the world -- how to move in the physical world with the lightness of an angel and how to naturally serve others.


This Retreat has 2 parts:
(1) Strategies for igniting our own spiritual light and power, and
(2) Exploring ways to serve others through this heightened state of being.

We will use a variety of methods including:

  • talks
  • meditation
  • journaling
  • paired and small group conversations and
  • inspirational readings

FACILITATORS
Dorothy Steinfeld, a previous educator, business entrepreneur and the Program Director of Peace Village, has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation for 33 years.
Judy Rodgers is a Raj Yoga practitioner and teacher with many years and a wealth of experience.

Sorry this retreat is full, there is no waiting list.


Friday
28June
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From Despair to Hope to Enlightenment:

From Despair to Hope to Enlightenment:

FOR THOSE WITH CANCER AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

For many years, cancer diagnosis was considered equivalent to a death sentence, but with the recent scientific advances, longevity of cancer patients has improved, resulting in an exponential increase in the number of cancer survivors.The most common responses to cancer diagnosis are denial, anger, fear, anxiety and/or depression due to overall uncertainty and the perceived complications of the disease and its treatment. Since this illness is gaining momentum at such a fast speed, a question arises: Is there a better way to deal with it, that can change the response of the patient towards the disease in a positive way rather than drowning the self in a sea of negative emotions?

This retreat is designed to enlighten and empower those affected by cancer either directly with the disease or indirectly as a caregiver.

This session comprises of:

  • informative talks focused on the scientific basis of guided imagery in cancer
  • the role of Raja Yoga meditation in cancer
  • creative meditation exercises targeted to cancer-related symptoms
  • small group discussions
  • and much more ….

FACILITATORS
Kanishtha Agarwal is a pediatrician from India. Her passion to serve humanity directed her to earn a PhD in mind-body-medicine from Saybrook University, California. She is a long-term Raja Yoga meditation practitioner.
Shvetank Agarwal, MD, is an associated professor and cardiac anesthesiologist at Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia. He is a Raja Yoga meditation instructor.
Kamla Etwaroo has a wealth of experience applying spirituality to daily life.  She moves through challenges with her light and easy nature and currently resides at Peace Village, where she teaches and shares her meditation experiences.

Friday
28June
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Week-Long Raja Yoga Retreat  /    Raja Yoga Shibir

Week-Long Raja Yoga Retreat / Raja Yoga Shibir

A MEDITATION CAMP IN HINDI AND IN ENGLISH
 

For a lot of us coming from an Indian background, the tradition of daily prayer and worship is a familiar one. For many of us, it is also a time of solace and comfort.

But are we able to sustain that feeling through the day --  especially in the midst of opposing energies -- while with 'non believers,' or as we are going through difficult situations?
Is there a way we can steadily increase our reservoir of peace and calm?
Can we stay in the experience of the love of God through a busy day?
How can we increase our focus in meditation?

This retreat will aim to expand our spiritual horizon by systematically introducing the body of knowledge as taught by the Brahma Kumaris and offering simple steps to Raja Yoga meditation (the union of the soul with the Supreme).

Participants will leave with an understanding and experience of:
i) the self as a soul
ii) God as the single Supreme Source of spiritual energy
iii) the laws of Karma and Time that govern us
     and most importantly
iv) the spiritual powers that help us to rise above the challenges of life.

This retreat is geared for those who want to begin a meditation practice as well as for those who want to deepen their practice.

You are encouraged to come as a family (family members above 16 years of age).

There will be two parallel streams in Hindi and English.
This week-long retreat begins on Monday and ends on Friday.


FACILITATORS
Champa Patel is a microbiologist by training who works in a senior home as a spiritual advisor.  She has been teaching Raja Yoga for more than 20 years.
Kala Iyengar, a pediatrician by training, is the Director of Peace Village with more than 30 years of experience in Raja Yoga.

BK Dollyben, a retired educator from the New York City Department of Education, has been a Raja Yoga meditation student and teacher for 40 years.

राजयोगरिट्रीटयाशिविर (हिंदीऔरअंग्रेज़ी) - सप्ताहभर

हममेंसेबहुतसेलोगभारतीयसंस्कृतिसेआतेहैऔरदैनिकप्रार्थनाऔरपूजाकीपरंपरासेपरिचितहै।हममेंसेकईलोगोंकेलिएयहएकांतकासमयहोताहै।

लेकिनक्याहमउसभावनाकोदिनभर बनाएरखनेमेंसक्षमहैं--  विशेषरूपसेविरोधीऊर्जाओंकेबीचमें-- अविश्वासीयों के साथ रहते हुएयाकठिनपरिस्थितियोंसेगुजरते हुए?

क्याकोईरास्ताहैजिससेहमशांतिऔरशांतिकेअपनेभंडारकोलगातारबढ़ासकतेहैं? क्याहमव्यस्तदिनमेभगवानकेप्यारकेअनुभवमेंरहसकतेहैं? हम अपना ध्यान कैसे बढ़ाये?

इसशिविरकाउद्देश्यब्रह्माकुमारीज् के द्वारासिखाएगएज्ञानकोसरलरूपसेप्रस्तुतकरऔरराजयोग(आत्मा का परमात्मा से मिलन) को सरल तरीकेसे समझकरहमारेआध्यात्मिकक्षितिजकाविस्तारकरनाहै।
सहभागीयों को निचे लिखे हुए बातों की समझ मिलेगी और अनुभव होगा:
1) स्व आत्मा के रूप
2) आध्यात्मिक ऊर्जा का एकमात्र सर्वोच्च स्रोत ईश्वर
3) कर्म और समय के नियम जो हमें नियंत्रित करते हैं
    और सबसे महत्वपूर्ण रूप से
4) आध्यात्मिक शक्तियाँ जो हमें जीवन की चुनौतियों से ऊपर उठने में मदद करती हैं
यह शिविरउन लोगों के लिए है, जो राजयोगका अभ्यास शुरू करना चाहते हैं और साथ ही उन लोगों के लिए जो अपने अभ्यास को गहरा करना चाहते हैं।
आपकोएकपरिवारकेरूपमेंआनेकेलिएप्रोत्साहितकियाजाताहै।(16 वर्षसेअधिकआयुकेपरिवारकेसदस्य)
हिंदीऔरअंग्रेजीमेंदोशिविरहोंगे।यहसप्ताहभरकाशिविरसोमवारसेशुक्रवारतक आयोजित किया है।
सूत्रधार-
चंपाबेनपटेल
कलाबेनआयंगर
डॉली बेन

Sorry this retreat is full, there is no waiting list.

 


Monday
22July
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Inner Peace - Inner Power for Beginners

Inner Peace - Inner Power for Beginners

INTRODUCTION TO OUR FOUNDATION COURSE
IN RAJA YOGA MEDITATION

For those who want to move closer to their true nature as spiritual beings, and to the Supreme being, through deeply understanding and applying the law of karma and the
8 master powers attained through Raja Yoga Meditation. 

Spiritual Knowledge, when applied to life, brings true happiness and freedom. If you are seeking answers to age-old questions, this retreat may be for you. During this retreat, you will learn to experience yourself as a soul, a spiritual being, and to establish a direct connection with the Supreme Source of purest energy and highest consciousness.

The weekend will also focus on the understanding of karma and the 8 spiritual powers of the soul and how to apply them to real-life situations. The knowledge of karma provides the formula to create happiness in your life and freedom from bondage in relationships. Your spiritual powers include the ability to go within, to control the mind, to make decisions, and to face all that life brings with confidence.

This retreat includes:

  • directed sessions
  • group activities
  • walks
  • meditation
  • creative activities

FACILITATORS:

Susan Pollock
has been studying and teaching Raja Yoga meditation since 1985.  She has journeyed from the professional field of promotion and advertising and now resides at Peace Village, where she assists in and conducts retreats.
Kamla Etwaroo has a wealth of experience applying spirituality to daily life. She moves through challenges with her light and easy nature and currently resides at Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center, where she teaches and shares her meditation experiences.
Gloria Rodriguez is a Raja Yoga Meditation student and teacher in Manchester, New Hampshire, with more than 30 years of experience.

Friday
09August
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Living Values Education

Living Values Education


FOR EDUCATORS, PRINCIPALS, COUNSELORS, YOUTH FACILITATORS AND PARENTS

Join us for an inspiring weekend … Reflect on values, and a paradigm and process that builds respectful and caring relationships and resiliency while reversing bullying and violence.

Come and learn more about methods that create peace and respect in your classroom, school or home, and activities that help young people of all ages, from toddlers to young adults, explore and develop universal values and positive social and emotional skills.

Living Values Education is a comprehensive values education program implemented in more than 40 countries around the world. LVEP, Inc., a non-profit organization in the USA, offers professional development workshops with a practical methodology and a wide variety of experiential values activities. LVE has resource materials for regular and at-risk young people.

There will be an opportunity for educators to take part in Living Values Activities in small groups, role playing students of different ages. Parents will be provided with the opportunity to explore some of their questions, as well as learn more about the concepts in Nurturing with Love and Wisdom, Disciplining with Peace and Respect: A mindful guide to parenting.
 

RESULTS:

  • Positive changes in adult-student and peer relationships both inside and outside the classroom
  • An increase in respect, caring, cooperation, motivation, concentration, and the ability to solve.
    peer conflicts

     
  • Aggressive behaviors decline as positive social skills and respect increase
     
  • LVE helps educators create safe, caring, values-based environments for quality learning
     
  • Please see the Research and Success Stories pages on the LVE international website,.
    www.livingvalues.net

Costs:  While the presenters volunteer their time, there will be an LVE fee of $30 to help defray.
LVEP, Inc. operational costs.  

Please plan to make a contribution for vegetarian meals and two- or three-person shared accommodation with private bath since all workshops and retreats at Peace Village are made possible by the generosity and contributions of the participants. For more information about the retreat center, donations, meals or accommodations, email: registration@peacevillageretreat.org

For questions and more information about the LVE workshop:
- Email Ed Wondolowski at ed@livingvalues.net
  Or call 518 589-5000, extension 24
  Or check the website:www.livingvalues.net

 

TESTIMONIALS:

“I felt truly inspired by the first Living Values Education Seminar and I embraced the ideals and "values" immediately.  They were things that I already knew I believed and wanted to impart as a teacher.  Teaching the 3 Rs are important, but I always felt my duty was to do more, especially in this world we live in. . . . ”

“There are many band-aids in the market today; Living Values Education is a program of integrity and self-reflection for the whole child.”
 

FACILITATORS
This LVE workshop will be led by:
Diane Tillman, Licensed Educational Psychologist and the primary author of the award-winning Living Values Education Series of books
Ed Wondolowski, Emeritus Professor of Management, Bentley University

Friday
09August
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Return to mE

Return to mE

Everything goes through a cycle ….

and at a certain moment the end and beginning becomes one again

It is a blessing to realize this moment of possibilities, transformation, and remembrance. This is the moment of becoming full again, of returning to the authentic original self, to God and home. Return implies that it is already there; it makes it easy to just go back to something we forgot.

Return to mE ... the small "m" is the inner self, and the importance of having this experience first, to be able to return to the Source (the big "E" in the word mE).
 

 

This Retreat is about experiences that empower:

  • introspection
  • inner attentiveness
  • slowing down
  • self-respect
  • maintaining the stage of the self
  • Returning to you

Sometimes we think that we get our value from the results of what we do and from the blessings/compliments we may be given, but that is not what it is about. What God wants me to be is me.
   

FACILITATORS
Luciana Rossi, a former businesswoman, is now committed to a full-time spiritual life, its practices and teachings.

Tina Agarwal, Ph.D., is a research scientist and a Raja Yoga practitioner. She loves to rediscover her inner strengths by applying the spiritual concepts to practical life to stay in dignity and peace in all she does.

Sandhya Kanthan is an IT professional who enjoys creating workshops and sessions on the application of spiritual principles to worldly knowledge.

Friday
23August
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Los Ocho Poderes Espirituales   (8 Spiritual Powers)

Los Ocho Poderes Espirituales (8 Spiritual Powers)

EXPLORANDO 8 PODERES ESPIRITUALES

"Un verdadero maestro baila con desafíos en lugar de ser derrotado por ellos. Para lograrlo, necesitamos saber cómo usar los poderes del alma. Durante este retiro exploraremos, descubriremos y practicaremos cómo aplicar estos poderes espirituales a las situaciones a las que nos enfrentamos en la vida cotidiana. Este retiro brindará la oportunidad de descubrir la fortaleza espiritual en el interior."

 



 EXPLORING 8 SPIRITUAL POWERS  (IN SPANISH)

"A true master dances with challenges instead of being defeated by them. In order to do this, we need to know how to use the powers of the soul. During this retreat, we will explore, discover and practice how to apply these spiritual powers to the situations we face in everyday life. This retreat will provide the chance to discover the spiritual strength within."

FACILITATORS
Amarilys Murillo, MD, is a pediatrician in Miami.  Her spiritual knowledge and practice for the last 11 years allow her to experience the benefits of meditation in her job and family life.

Gloria Rodriguez has been practicing and teaching Raja Yoga meditation for 25 years in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  She has the ability to translate spiritual knowledge into practical guidelines for everyday life.

Elizabeth Aivars, a retired NYC lawyer, has been practicing Raja Yoga meditation for the past 10 years.

This Retreat is in Spanish only

Friday
23August
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A Time to Shine!

A Time to Shine!

A RETREAT FOR WOMEN

A retreat for women who want to let go of unnecessary thoughts that bring emotional discomfort. We will focus on our true identity: reminding us of and re-activating our feminine energy that leads the way towards a peaceful and compassionate life. For the self and all beings, let us restore peace, harmony, and self-respect in each area of our daily life.

This retreat is an opportunity for creating a new you, a new we, a new us. Through discussion, journaling, meditation, and celebration as women, we will explore the power of remaining loving and stable in a troubled world.

 

FACILITATORS
Micheline Tanguay is a former assistant manager for a human resources consultation firm. Since 2008 she has been studying and teaching Raja Yoga Meditation, offering workshops in Canada and the US with the aim of a better understanding of human beings and bringing values that will lead to peace in the world.
Meghan Mulvenna has a professional background in behavior psychology and special education and is most passionate about using her knowledge of science and experience in spirituality to support others on their journeys. Meghan is a Raja Yoga student and teacher at the Brahma Kumaris centers in the Washington, DC, area.

Friday
20September
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Science of the Soul

Science of the Soul

“ONLY THE SOUL EXERCISES CHOICE”

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. Be more conscious of life as it happens, cultivate an understanding of the self and of the actions we can and must do to achieve our goals, and enjoy life more. Happiness depends on what we do and intend to do, not on what happens to us.

During this insightful weekend, we will explore:

  • How we define change
  • Science and faith
  • How to focus on the now
  • How science has contributed to the realization of the soul

FACILITATORS
Antonio Figueroa is the principal of an architectural firm and a practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation.
Porie Saikia is an architect who consults as a strategic solutions professional for a sustainable built environment.
Erik Larson has a degree in Civil Engineering and is a technical consultant.  He has a wealth of experience studying and applying the practices of Raja Yoga meditation.


Friday
27September
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Spirituality in Food

Spirituality in Food

HOW FOOD SUPPORTS MEDITATION
AND NURTURES A SPIRITUAL LIFE

We all know the phrase "you are what you eat." In this retreat we discuss the subtle impacts that food has on our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. We seek to understand the dynamics between food and the quality of our thoughts and habits. We explore the role food plays in our spiritual life and identify eating strategies that can nourish the whole self – both body and mind.  Food can be the missing link that supports our efforts for personal change and provides the necessary foundation for the development and maintenance of a regular meditation practice.

FACILITATORS

Ann Singh has a love for Spirituality, which brought her to the Brahma Kumaris in 1989.  She is a resident of Peace Village since 1999.
Merrillyn Hener, MSPT, has been a student and teacher of Raja Yoga for more than 12 years. Professionally, she is a physical therapist practicing Integrative Manual Therapy in Cambridge, MA.


Friday
27September
-
Inner Peace - Inner Power for Beginners

Inner Peace - Inner Power for Beginners

INTRODUCTION TO OUR FOUNDATION COURSE
IN RAJA YOGA MEDITATION

For those who want to move closer to their true nature as spiritual beings, and to the Supreme being, through deeply understanding and applying the law of karma and the 8 master powers attained through Raja Yoga Meditation.

 

Spiritual Knowledge, when applied to life, brings true happiness and freedom. If you are seeking answers to age-old questions, this retreat may be for you. During this retreat, you will learn to experience yourself as a soul, a spiritual being, and to establish a direct connection with the Supreme Source of purest energy and highest consciousness.

The weekend will also focus on the understanding of karma and the 8 spiritual powers of the soul and how to apply them to real-life situations. The knowledge of karma provides the formula to create happiness in your life and freedom from bondage in relationships. Your spiritual powers include the ability to go within, to control the mind, to make decisions, and to face all that life brings with confidence.

 

This retreat includes:

  • directed sessions
  • group activities
  • walks
  • meditation
  • creative activities

FACILITATORS:
Susan Pollock has been studying and teaching Raja Yoga meditation since 1985.  She has journeyed from the professional field of promotion and advertising and now resides at Peace Village, where she assists in and conducts retreats.
Kamla Etwaroo has a wealth of experience applying spirituality to daily life. She moves through challenges with her light and easy nature and currently resides at Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center, where she teaches and shares her meditation experiences.
Gloria Rodriguez is a Raja Yoga Meditation student and teacher in Manchester, New Hampshire, with more than 30 years of experience.


Friday
04October
-
Hope in Healthcare

Hope in Healthcare

FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Healthcare professionals will explore ways to consciously integrate spirituality into their healthcare practices, thus renewing their energy and work's purpose, and enriching their work experience.

Healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness and understanding of spiritual concepts -- such as soul consciousness and connecting with the Supreme source of spiritual power -- and reflective practices, including meditation, silence, and reflective inquiries.

 

Participants will also explore ways to more consciously integrate these spiritual concepts into their current healthcare practices, thus enhancing the quality of the human experience in healthcare, both for the recipients of the care, as well as for the healthcare practitioners.

This Retreat offers an opportunity for caregivers to nurthure themselves, to refresh their spirit, and to create renewed meaning and resolve for their lives and work.

 

The program will include a therapeutic blend of:

  • conversation
  • storytelling
  • talks
  • reflection
  • meditation
  • quiet time to enjoy nature and be with the self

All the team members for this retreat have a spiritual practice and are skilled in integrating spiritual tools in their professional roles, making them excellent clinicians.

FACILITATORS
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.
Susan Doughty, APRN, CNP, Instructor, Clinical Decision Making, Simmons University Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
Kala Iyengar, MD, Board certified Pediatrician.  A spiritual teacher and Raja Yoga practitioner for 30 years. Founding Director of the Point of Life Foundation and Director of Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center.
Merrillyn Hener, MSPT, IMTC, Physical Therapist, Integrative Manual Therapist Raja Yoga teacher.
Kinnari Murthy, MD, Clinical research coordinator for cardiology at Einstein Medical Center, NJ.  General Physician and Public Health Specialist. Teaches Raja Yoga Meditation and Self Development courses.
Carmen Palmer, RN, MPH, Program Coordinator, Point of Life Foundation. Practices and teaches Raja Yoga meditation.
Celina Pereira, MD, Adolescent Medicine.  Peace and Nonviolence Studies, University of RI, Raja Yoga practitioner.

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
04October
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Amar y Perdonar       (Love and Forgiveness, in Spanish)

Amar y Perdonar (Love and Forgiveness, in Spanish)

UN ENTENDIMIENTO MAS PROFUNDO
DEL AMOR Y DEL PERDON

Comprende cómo amar sin experimentar dolor, y cómo hacer que el perdón sea definitivo. Los participantes recibirán información práctica para ayudarlos a comenzar el proceso de dejar de lado el dolor que proviene de aferrarse al pasado y utilizar la virtud del amor para facilitar el proceso de perdón.

 

A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF
LOVE AND FORGIVENESS  (IN SPANISH)

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 the pain that comes from holding on to the past, and use the virtue of love to facilitate the process of forgiveness.

FACILITATORS
Marjorie Zurbaran is a licensed mental health therapist in Miami.  For the last 23 years, Marjorie has happily and successfully combined her professional life with practicing and teaching meditation.
Gloria Rodriguez has been practicing and teaching Raja Yoga meditation for 25 years in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  She has the ability to translate spiritual knowledge into practical guidelines for everyday life.

This Retreat is in Spanish only.


Friday
11October
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Love and Forgiveness

Love and Forgiveness

HOW TO TRULY LOVE ...
MAKING FORGIVENESS FINAL


This retreat will bring you to an understanding of how to truly love, 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 is a Raja Yoga student of more than 15 years.  Professionally, Marianne has worked for more than 15 years as a therapist and clinical social worker and is currently a vice president for a nonprofit organization. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work and Business Administration.
Sonia Bhasin is a practicing Meditator, a scientist and a human resources personnel by profession and a student of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. She practices Raj Yoga Meditation and enjoys sharing her experiences and spiritual learning. She has conducted workshops on such topics as positive thinking, stress-free living, immune system of the soul, and spiritual powers of the soul. She holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry.


Friday
18October
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Celebrate Your Immortality

Celebrate Your Immortality

Learn to observe your inner world of thoughts and feelings and to change them!

Explore and practice methods for celebrating your immortality through presentations, meditations, interactive group sessions, circle dance, nature walking and journaling. 

Based on guidebook Feeling Great How to Change Your Life for the Better, by Dadi Janki., we see how the Supreme Being and Time are offering us the opportunity to become anything we wish to be; our potential is unlimited by removing 4 mistakes: 

  • Forgetfulness
  • Game of Substitute
  • Disconnection from God
  • Busyness 

Learn to observe your inner world of thoughts and feelings; gain insights into how you are creating and how to change them.

With so many external crises, at least we can put a stop to the crisis we create in our own minds!

Experience practical meditation exercises to enhance our inner spiritual power. In meditation we slow down and go out of time - timeless, to experience the original, eternal state of soul consciousness.

FACILITATORS

Chirya Risely

Tammi Hinkel


Friday
18October
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Peace of Mind: Unlocking the Secrets of the Gita

Peace of Mind: Unlocking the Secrets of the Gita

In a world that has become increasingly complex, stressful and chaotic, real peace is one of the most sought after commodities. But it has also become one of the most elusive.

In this retreat, the wisdom of the Bhagvad Gita is the starting pointof an in-depth exploration of 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 dramatic presentation of excerpts from this ancient text 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
Judi Rich is a graphic designer in the field of communications, and certified fitness instructor.
Tanya Rich, a former live theater performer, now works as a certified Pilates instructor.
Mahadeo Shivraj is a professional actor and director living in New York City.
Erik Larson has a degree in Civil Engineering and is a technical consultant.
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.


Friday
08November
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Inner Peace - Inner Power for Beginners

Inner Peace - Inner Power for Beginners

INTRODUCTION TO OUR FOUNDATION COURSE
IN RAJA YOGA MEDITATION


For those who want to move closer to their true nature as spiritual beings, and to the Supreme being, through deeply understanding and applying the law of karma and the 8 master powers attained through Raja Yoga Meditation. 

Spiritual Knowledge, when applied to life, brings true happiness and freedom. If you are seeking answers to age-old questions, this retreat may be for you. During this retreat, you will learn to experience yourself as a soul, a spiritual being, and to establish a direct connection with the Supreme Source of purest energy and highest consciousness.

The weekend will also focus on the understanding of karma and the 8 spiritual powers of the soul and how to apply them to real-life situations. The knowledge of karma provides the formula to create happiness in your life and freedom from bondage in relationships. Your spiritual powers include the ability to go within, to control the mind, to make decisions, and to face all that life brings with confidence.

This retreat includes:

  • directed sessions
  • group activities
  • walks
  • meditation
  • creative activities

FACILITATORS:
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 teacher in Boston, Massachusetts, and a software engineer

Terry Dhanjal-Garcha, D.C., Doctor of Chiropractic from Clifton Park, NY, incorporates many healing tools and meditation in her practice

Reena Patel is a Raja Yoga student and teacher in Cinnaminson, New Jersey


Friday
08November
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Spirituality in Motion: The Art of Self-Mastery

Spirituality in Motion: The Art of Self-Mastery

Before ‘doing’ there is ‘being’

One of the greatest challenges in a spiritual or meditation practice is integrating it into everyday life. By exploring awareness, alignment and breath in the body, we can better understand and master the subtle dynamics at play in the soul.

This unique retreat explores the teachings of Raja Yoga Meditation in the context of various movement disciplines (Pilates, hatha yoga, etc.), allowing participants to deepen their understanding experientially, of what it is to be a soul in a body.
Join us and increase your capacity to experience more inner peace, power, love and joy, while carrying out your daily activities and interactions.

Please note: All participants must bring a yoga mat.

FACILITATORS
Liz Karmooch
is a professional dancer and certified Pilates instructor living in New York City.
Judi Rich is a graphic designer in the field of communications, and certified fitness instructor.
Tanya Rich, a former live theater performer, now works as a certified Pilates instructor.


Friday
15November
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Time Out for Lawyers

Time Out for Lawyers


FOR PRACTICING LAWYERS,
TO ACCESS THEIR INNER PEACE AND TRANQUILITY

This retreat is for practicing lawyers seeking time off the “grid” to access their inner peace and tranquility and to gain a level of control in their complex and fast-paced professional lives.  The sessions are for lawyers who find themselves wishing for reprieve and solutions leading to their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Meditation is one of the ways people under extreme pressure can access their inner peace and tranquility and gain a level of control in this fast-paced and often frenetic world.

This Retreat includes:

  • Experiencing the Inner World
  • Walks in silence in the magnificent mountain forest of the Catskills
  • Short guided Raj yoga meditations throughout the day
  • Opportunity to do reflective journaling
  • Interactive exercises which provide small group action (2 or 3 people)
  • Nurturing the body with delicious vegetarian food prepared by long-term yogis.
    will create an environment conducive to gaining wellbeing of mind and body.

This retreat is designed for lawyers only.

FACILITATORS
Kala Iyengar is the Director of Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center and a Raja Yoga practitioner for more than 30 years.
Elizabeth Aivars, a retired NYC lawyer, has been practicing Raja Yoga meditation for the past 10 years.
Errol Ellis is a legal claims administrator who has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation for over 30 years.


Friday
15November
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Silence - The Soul's Eternal Language

Silence - The Soul's Eternal Language

As I journey into the depths of silence, I close behind me the doors to all other sound. Silence is not only a space without words but it is in fact a state beyond sound. My speaking, hearing, seeing and thinking all become silent.

I allow my inner ear to open up and I listen to the sound of silence that is within me. I journey onwards deeper and deeper in to the recesses of my inner world.

I discover that silence has its own vibration and I find that I am naturally and effortlessly aligning myself to vibrate at the same frequency. I become absorbed within the healing silence itself.

Become absorbed in silence and be open to absorb God’s power.

 

 This Retreat includes:

 

  •     Morning Meditation Class
  •     Exercise
  •     Exploring the secrets of the self using the Mandala and Silence
  •     Collective Silent times
  •     Individual Silent times
  •     Silent Walks (weather permitting)
  •     Other Silent activities

FACILITATORS

Dorothy Steinfeld is Program Director of Peace Village. From the field of education, Dorothy became a successful business entrepreneur and has landed in the lap of God.
Micheline Tanguay is a former assistant manager of human resources. Since 2008 she has been studying and teaching Raja Yoga Meditation, offering workshops in Canada and the USA with the aim of better understanding human beings and bringing values that will lead to peace in the world.
Susan Pollock has been studying and teaching Raja Yoga Meditation since 1985. She has journeyed from the professional field of promotions and advertising and now resides at Peace Village, where she conducts and assists in retreats.


Friday
13December
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