Retreat Schedule

Dear Friends,

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

Here are 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.

Paz y Poder Interior

Paz y Poder Interior

This Retreat is for Spanish Speaking Individuals only

Este retiro lo llevará a través del proceso de cambiar el patrón de pensar y de mejorar la calidad de sus pensamientos, así recuperando la paz interior. Este fin de semana es para los buscadores espirituales auténticos en el camino de auto-descubrimiento. Usted aprenderá a ver el yo como un alma, un ser espiritual, y para establecer una conexión directa con la Fuente Suprema de la energía más pura y la conciencia más alta . El retiro incluye sesiones dirigidas , actividades grupales, caminatas , meditación, mantener un diario y actividades creativas.

This retreat, which is designed for Spanish speaking people, will take you through the process of changing your pattern of thinking and improving the quality of your thoughts, thereby regaining inner peace. This weekend is for authentic spiritual seekers on the path of self discovery. You will learn to see the self 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:

Rosa Dobles Cetlin trabajó como profesora de secundaria. Disfruta de la contemplación, de la naturaleza y del compartir conocimiento espiritual en el servicio a la humanidad.
 
Gloria Rodriguez:
 
Yuritzi Govea es ejecutante de danza profesional, licenciada terapeuta en masaje médico; certificada en linfedema y terapia linfática. Le gusta aplicar Raja Yoga en su danza y conexión con otros seres en su vida,
encontrando así una sublime armonía entre el trabajo y vida personal.
Friday
06April
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Inner Peace - Inner Power | Part 1

Inner Peace - Inner Power | Part 1

 
The First Part of the Raja Yoga
Meditation Course

For those who are looking for a focused retreat on understanding and experiencing themselves to be spiritual beings who are deeply and eternally connected with God, the Higher Power, Supreme Parent, and Friend.  

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 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 retreat includes directed sessions, group activities, walks, meditation, and 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 student and teacher in Boston, Massachusetts, and a software engineer.

Champa Patel is a Raja Yoga student and teacher in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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

Friday
06April
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Transformational Communication

Transformational Communication

Take an introspective look at how we communicate, both verbally and non-verbally.

Transform the way we communicate so we can relate to others naturally in an affirming manner, create empowering relationships and a constructive atmosphere in our home, community, and work. Discover and connect with your innermost silence point to hear and communicate with the Supreme Intelligence and receive spiritual insights for inspiring harmony in relationships. Experience the refreshment of receiving continuous feedback from others to create a culture of trust. This enhances our ability to Feel Great no matter what!

Includes experiential meditation exercises, silence, journaling, illustrated talks, outdoor activities, and games.

Facilitators Chirya Risely Ed Wondolowski Tammy Hinkel Carrie Dugo Ed Nizalowski

Friday
20April
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Finding The Truth

Finding The Truth

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting. There is a lot of wisdom in this saying but where do we start? If we have already started, how do we go all the way?

The journey of this retreat to Finding Truth will start with us going into the recesses of our own inner being to perceive many of the truths therein. We will then step out to experience life and explore the universe with this newly found power of truth. Along the way, we will explore key spiritual concepts such as discernment, harmony, and unconditional love.

Facilitators:

Judy Rodgers is a Raja Yoga practitioner, coach, and consultant.

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

Tina Agarwal, Ph.D., is a research scientist and a Raja Yoga practitioner.

Friday
04May
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Journey Into The 11th Step

Journey Into The 11th Step

For those active in 12-step programs

Designed for those in a 12-Step program who want to deepen the 11th Step of experiencing a connection with one’s Higher Power through meditation and the understanding of spiritual laws that guide us.

Learn to apply the ancient practice of Raja Yoga Meditation, the highest yoga or connection. Understand the spiritual powers and bring them into your life.

This retreat includes:

Breakout sessions

Meditation instruction

Plenary sessions

Exercise

Silent Trail Walk

Closed AA meeting Saturday Night

Facilitators:

Dorothy Steinfeld, a previous business entrepreneur and the Program Director of Peace Village, has been practicing Raja Yoga Meditation for 32 years

Kamla Etwaroo: a Raja Yoga Meditation Teacher for more than 30 years, currently based at Peace Village. .

Friday
04May
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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. As this retreat takes place over Mother's Day weekend, consider bringing your mother as a gift, or treat yourself to a weekend away!

Facilitators:

Micheline Tanguay is a former assistant manager for a human resources consultation firm. Since 2008 she studies and teaches Raja Yoga Meditation, offering workshops in Canada and USA.

Meghan Mulvenna has a professional background in behavior psychology and special education. She is a Raja Yoga student and teacher at the Brahma Kumaris centers in the Washington, DC area.

Friday
11May
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Inner Peace - Inner Power | Part 1

Inner Peace - Inner Power | Part 1

The first part of the Raja Yoga
Meditation Course

For those who are looking for a focused retreat on understanding and experiencing themselves to be spiritual beings who are deeply and eternally connected with God, the Higher Power, Supreme Parent, and Friend.  

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

Friday
18May
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Inner Peace Inner Power II

Inner Peace Inner Power II

For those who are looking for a focused retreat on understanding and experiencing themselves to be spiritual beings who are deeply and eternally connected with God, the Higher Power, Supreme Parent, and Friend.  

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 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 retreat includes directed sessions, group activities, walks, meditation, and creative activities

Facilitator:

Susan Pollock is a Raja Yoga meditation student and teacher at Peace Village


Thursday
14June
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Spiritual Significance of Mistakes

Spiritual Significance of Mistakes

“To err is human, to forgive divine.” - Alexander Pope

Everyone makes mistakes. Some of us are more skilled at covering them up, explaining them away, or blaming someone else. When we resort to any of these tactics in order to fool others, we end up fooling ourselves even more so. Mistakes bring powerful spiritual benefits --- as long as we know how to see them. This retreat will explore the valuable lessons we can learn from our mistakes as a source of spiritual growth and self-development.

 

Facilitators:

Judy Rodgers is a Raja Yoga practitioner, coach, and consultant.

 

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

 

Tina Agarwal, Ph.D., is a research scientist and a Raja Yoga practitioner. 


Friday
22June
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Family & Friends

Family & Friends

 

This retreat is designed to explore and discover the benefits of spirituality and learning to incorporate it into your daily life. Values based activated for children, youth, and adults. Children ages 5 and above are welcome.

Facilitators

Iris, Zvika Zur, Indra Lal, Surekha Sukha, Raj Sukha


Friday
06July
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Choose Change Become

Choose Change Become

A 'good' crisis - a chance to change and renew

In our personal and professional lives, a crisis either makes us strong or tears us apart. It's a choice. It's what we make of what happens that may or may not open doors of opportunity. Today, as we walk through times of crisis and uncertainty, it's easy to fall into existential depression or become overwhelmed by expectations. We may think 'It's too much, I can't do it' or 'I can't be bothered anymore' and give up too early. It takes rare courage and inspiration to recognize these times as a gift - an opportunity to re-evaluate purpose and choices and discover inner power and value. This is a life skill not taught at school or strategic learning programs; it involves a deeper reflection, a re-education and experience of spirit and its values. It's where the journey begins...of who I think I am and who I know I am.

A new way of living emerges as we choose to take up the challenge of re-creating our inner and outer environments. This inspires the courage to 'see' things differently; 'behave' differently and 'act' differently so that we can impact our environments in the best possible way.

The retreat process will include a creative blend of reflection, conversation, active engagement, meditation and play through which participants will be able to:

  • Meet and network with like-minded young adults (spiritually progressive, hope-driven, courageous)
  • De-stress in an environment that will support your spiritual replenishment
  • Connect with your inner strengths and values and understands what holds you back
  • Equip yourself with practical spiritual tools and develop a personal road map for expressing your potential.

Aarti Pappuis a Physician Assistant in Albany Medical Center in New York.

Madhavi Pataleis a Raja Yoga Meditation student and teacher in Queens, New York. She also organizes outreach events to spiritually empower youth and young leaders.

Saurabh Gupta,PhD, is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at General Motors R&D.  His PhD in Mechanical Engineering is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Friday
10August
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Spirituality in Food

Spirituality in Food

 We all know the phrase "you are what you eat." In this retreat we discuss the subtle impacts that  food  has on our thoughts 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's love for spirituality 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 meditation for the last 10 years. Professionally, she is an Integrative Manual Therapist in Cambridge, MA.

Jenny Ramkumar has been studying and teaching Raja Yoga Meditation for the past 19 years.   She is the sole proprietor of a day spa that promotes and supports the balance of inner and outer beauty and self-care.


Friday
14September
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Goodness and Happiness

Goodness and Happiness

In this retreat we will together explore how the soft power of goodness generates an enormous energy of zeal and enthusiasm and initiates a chain reaction of goodness and happiness. This simple and natural phenomenon starts with a small act of goodness, which can be defined as an action performed above and beyond our duty, obligation, or expectations. It can be towards the self, family, friends, or environment. We will focus on understanding the deeper meaning of goodness through a scientific approach and create a working plan of spreading goodness in the world.


Friday
28September
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Exploring Spiritual Practice, Living a Spiritual Life

Exploring Spiritual Practice, Living a Spiritual Life

Never has there been more interest in meditation than there is now.  But the sheer number of offers can be confusing.  This retreat offers a qualified teacher to lead participants through different approaches to meditation – including mindfulness, hatha yoga, pranayama (breathing), writing as spiritual practice, karma yoga, and Raja Yoga, which embraces them all. 

 

Facilitators:

Lloyd Casson is an Episcopalian priest who has served in many parishes in New York, Washington, and Delaware.

 

Judy Rodgers, Gayatri Naraine, Rona Schweitz, and Erik Larson are Raja Yoga practitioners and teachers with many decades of experience.

 

Shila Sanghani is a pranayama instructor in the Chicago metro area.


Friday
28September
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Love And Forgiveness

Love And Forgiveness

A Deeper Understanding of Love And Forgiveness

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; Raya Yoga student of over 15 years. Professionally, Marianne has worked for over 15 years as a therapist and clinical social worker and is currently a vice president for a nonprofit organization.

Sonia Bhasin is an educator by profession Her passion of spiritual education is evident as she conducts workshops in meditation, positive thinking, stress free living, etc. 


Friday
12October
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Inner Peace Inner Power

Inner Peace Inner Power

For those who are looking for a focused retreat on understanding and experiencing themselves to be spiritual beings who are deeply and eternally connected with God, the Higher Power, Supreme Parent, and Friend.  

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

Facilitators bio’s

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 is a Raja Yoga student and teacher in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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
12October
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Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

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 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 a certified fitness instructor. 

 

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

 

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.


Friday
19October
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Creating a Life of Purpose

Creating a Life of Purpose

Explore the spiritual art of applying peace and happiness to the canvas of your life.

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 and resilience, 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.

Facilitators:

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

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

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


Friday
26October
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Your Bucket List

Your Bucket List

You don’t need to be near the end of your life to consider what’s on your bucket list.

This retreat is for those who are thinking about the purpose and meaning of their lives. We will explore the things we have been putting off, the relationships in which we have unfinished business, and the things we are called to do. We will look at what it means to live in a state of contentment and freedom and what we need to do to arrive at that state.

Facilitators:

Judy Rodgers is a Raja Yoga practitioner, coach, and consultant.

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


Friday
16November
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