Ananda Marga Spring Retreat (Easter)
March 29 – April 1, Ananda Gaorii, Vig
You are warmly invited to attend the annual spring retreat during the Easter holiday in April. The retreat provides a valuable opportunity to go deep into meditation in a supportive and inspiring environment free from the distractions of everyday life. The program includes workshops on spirituality and personal development, relaxing and rejuvenating yoga sessions, and special sessions of intensive meditation and chanting. These are mixed with time in nature, a trip to the beach, evenings of music and stories and a chance to spend time with other spiritual people.
The retreat will be held at Ananda Gaorii Ashram, Farm and Learning Center – our 10 hectare retreat center and organic farm in Vig – an hour from Copenhagen in the Danish countryside.
The retreat is open to everyone but you are kindly requested to observe the Ashram rules of no smoking, drinking or eating non-vegetarian food on the property. We also ask participants to come with the intention to participate fully in the program.
Three tasty vegetarian meals daily based on foods which are good for the body and calming for the mind (the yoga diet).
Accommodation/What to Bring:
Ananda Gaorii has separate heated dormitories for men and women. Guests are also welcome to camp in their own tents or borrow one of Ananda Gaorii’s tents. Participants should bring their own sheets and sleeping bags and warm clothes for outdoors. In addition please bring a small day pack, walking shoes and indoor slippers. If you have your own yoga mat you are encouraged to bring that as well.
Normal – 750 kr.
Students and Unemployed – 550 kr.
Teenagers 13 to 18 – 375 kr.
Children until 12 years of age – free
Reg. No. 5018. Konto No. 0001348611
After you have paid please fill out the registration form and let us know if you have any special dietary needs. Link to registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/WWm1GznnQM8ktSRI2
Please come by train to Vig. From Copenhagen change at Holbæk. When you get to Vig please give us a call on 71881273 or 22206991 and we will come and pick you up (or call us earlier if you know the exact time you will arrive). To come by car look up Holbaekvej 56, Vig on Google Maps.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 71881273.
There will be an optional early wake-up and dawn meditation for old-timers and enthusiastic newcomers (Paincajanya)
6.10 Asana Class (yoga)
6.50 Kiirtan (Chanting), Meditation, Dharma Shastra (Spiritual Talk)
9.15 Morning Workshop A
10.30 Morning Workshop B
11.30 Kiirtan and Meditation
14.00 Afternoon Activity
16.00 Asana Class
17.00 Kiirtan, Meditation, Dharma Shastra
20.00 Evening Program
21.30 Avarta Kiirtan (6 Direction Chanting)
Workshops and Evening Programs
Thursday, March 29
11.30 Arrival and Registration
14.00 Welcoming, Introductions, Games
15.00 Meditation Workshop for First Time Participants
20.00 Katha Kiirtan – Alternating Spiritual Songs and Stories
Friday, March 30
9.15 Beginners Class: The Seven Secrets of Success – Didi Ananda Gunamrta (Shiva’s teachings on how to succeed on the path of self-realisation)
Advanced Class: Iishvara Pranidhana – A Deeper Study – Dada Krsnasevananda (finer points concerning the 1st lesson of Ananda Marga meditation)
10.30 Neo-Humanist Education and the Layers of the Mind – Didi Ananda Tapati (an education system built around the yogic understanding of the five layers of the mind)
14.00 The Joy of Fantasy III (entertaining games and exercises on the theme of Yoga Ethics) by Vishvashanti
16.00 – 22.00 Akhanda Kiirtan – Six hours of circular chanting and dance. This produces a really blissful flow. The chanting continues for six hours and we take turns being responsible for keeping it going. The rest of the time we can participate as much as we like.
Saturday, March 31
9.15 Who is the Real Guru – Dada Ambareshvarananda (The Tantric Scriptures explain in detail about the qualities of an authentic guru as well as those of a good disciple)
10.30 Finding a New Story – Satya Tanner (Discover inner stories that are limiting or harmful and rewrite them)
14.00 Beach Trip and Games
20.00 Cultural Program (Performances from Participants. We usually have a lot of talented participants which makes for a great evening of music and entertainment. Think about it now if you’d like to share something)
Sunday, April 1
9.00 Karma Yoga and Cleaning
10.00 Sadhana Shiviir – Alternating 30 minutes Kiirtan and 30 minutes Meditation for 3 Hours (By alternating sitting meditation with dancing kiirtan we can have an intense spiritual experience without stressing the body).
13.00 Closing Circle