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4 Days Silent Fall Yoga Retreat in USA

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


Meditation and Yoga Retreat Virginia

Join this retreat to renew the awareness of your practices. Autumn is a season of introspection and even nature is ready to retreat. This is the perfect time for you to go within, reflect joyfully, and move from daily learning to daily living. During this retreat, the spiritual practices of yoga and meditation may help you transform the fruits of your spiritual practices into lasting changes in daily life.


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily meditation sessions
  • Talks on various yoga related topics
  • Workshops on Karma yoga
  • Wonderful ashram tour
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat you will stay either in a private room, a shared dormitory, or if you prefer, there is also a camping site for tents.


The most popular accommodation is the shared dormitory with a shared bathroom. There are two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned. 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

The Lotus Guest House is divided in two units; the six unit an the nine unit. Each room in this six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, a queen size bed, and a full bathroom. Each room in the nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and a full bathroom, 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 and all 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 can use the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby the 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.

This retreat will be held at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia, USA. 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. Satchidananda Ashram is blessed with several sacred sites where prayer and worship services, holiday celebrations, and meditation sessions are regularly held.

The holy vibrations that result from all the devotional and meditative activity fill the Ashram with healing energy and an atmosphere of peace and harmony. This beautiful, serene environment attracts devotees, students, and spiritual seekers from around the world who come to recharge and progress on their path.


  • Charlottesville, 40 miles
  • Richmond, 75 miles
  • Washington DC, 150 miles
  • 1 tour around the ashram
  • 3 meditation sessions a day
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian and vegan meals a day
  • Morning and evening Hatha yoga classes
  • Program tuition
  • Talks on various yoga related topics
  • Van transportation to yoga and meditation sites

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.


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

Arrival by shuttle

Yogaville is not able to provide pick-up or drop-off services from any city but Charlottesville. The standard fee for transportation is 45 USD each way from 09:00 to 20:00 and fro 55 USD from 20:00 to 21:30. If you need transportation from Charlottesville, it is necessary to confirm your travel needs at least 10 days prior to arrival.

Check in

4 p.m.

Check out

2 p.m.

Mobile / communication information

Free Wi-Fi is also provided at the Mandala cafe located on ashram grounds. Cell phone coverage is available with Verizon only. To help encourage a peaceful environment, please refrain from cell conversations on the main quad, near meditation areas, temples, shrines, or other gatherings.

Accessibility information

Rooms for the physically challenged persons are available.

Dressing information

In general, residents and guests are advised to wear clean, loose-fitting and modest clothing. Please refrain from wearing shorts and jeans during satsang and meditation, low-cut tops, spaghetti-stap tanks, short shorts or miniskirts, and ragged or unclean clothing.

What to bring

  • A notebook and a pen
  • Hiking shoes
  • Slip-on shoes (shoes are not worn indoors)
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat

Travel assistance

There is no public transportation from Charlottesville or Richmond to Yogaville. You may wish to rent your own car or contact the Yogaville to arrange transportation.

Yogaville is not able to provide pick up or drop off service for any city but Charlottesville. The standard fee for transportation is 45 USD each way from 09:00 to 20:00 and fro 55 USD from 08:00 to 21:30. If you need transportation from Charlottesville, it is necessary to confirm your travel needs at least 10 days prior to arrival.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

One tour around the ashram is included in this retreat.

  • Swami Gurucharanananda

    Swami Gurucharanananda, lovingly referred to as “Mataji,” is a senior monk-disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. She is one of the most inspiring speakers, and is a loved mentor and teacher at Yogaville and abroad.

  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Transportation to other sites beside those specified on the itinerary

During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious and nurturing vegetarian or vegan meals. The meals include an organic, vegetarian, and vegan buffet with labeled ingredients, lacto-vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. Meals do not include eggs and also available is a salad bar, a herbal tea selection, and coffee is available at mandala cafe for an additional price.

During your free time, you may use the sauna for women or also available is a hot tub for men and women.

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Cafe
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
For information about the booking conditions, please send Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville an inquiry.
  • Review by Andrew J. Siprelle
    10 out of 10

    "On my sister's recommendation (she has attended four times) I came to the Silent Retreat not really knowing what to expect. I can attest that it is an experience that is transformative and amazing. Nowhere else, I think, can you get the deep, heart-touching teachings as here at Yogaville."

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  • Review by Holly Hedstrom
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat was not only a big reset button for me, but also reminds me how connected we all are, and how much a supportive and loving environment can assist with transformation."

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  • Review by Steve Van Dam
    10 out of 10

    "At the end of the Integral Yoga Silent Retreat I am filled with peace, and so much gratitude to Yogaville and to myself for choosing this."

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  • Review by Brad Buechner
    10 out of 10

    "I thought I came to Yogaville to learn how to teach a class. What I actually learned was how to live a life full of love and peace for the benefit of all."

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  • Review by Benjamin Smith
    10 out of 10

    "Integral Hatha Yoga is an experiential science. The teacher training illuminates the 8 limbs of Yoga in a superbly structured format. The emphasis on asanas, breath work, meditation, and a healthy lifestyle, not only deepens one's personal practice, but prepares one for teaching the public in an excellent manner!"

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  • Review by Stuart Truman
    10 out of 10

    "This has been a beautiful month. The course is well structured, the staff caring and supportive, Whether you want to teach or simply deepen your personal practice I recommend it."

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  • Review by Liv Taylor
    10 out of 10

    "Yogaville was established out of love, and the community, programs, etc., truly reflect that. Swami Satchidananda brought his dream to life and shared it with the world. I'm glad to be a part of it!"

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  • Review by Ellie Conrad
    10 out of 10

    "This past month of teacher training has been incredibly transformative. My soul, mind, and body feel enriched and excited to share the Integral Yoga teachings."

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  • Review by Dalhya from Raleigh, North Carolina
    9 out of 10

    "I spent a few days at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville to decompress and reconnect with my yoga practice. Just a few days at the ashram definitely granted me that space to recenter myself, and I left feeling uplifted from being around the amazing people there and the overall atmosphere. The food was also amazing!" website, edited

  • Review by Neelima

    "I had a wonderful time at Yogaville. It was a peaceful experience and the setting was beautiful. This was my first experience doing something like this and overall I had a good experience. The best part of being there was that everyone was warm and friendly and welcoming. I attended 2 yoga classes and a couple of talks. They were all good."

    "Overall, a very good experience. ", edited

  • Review by Traveler from New York, NY

    "My husband surprised me with a long weekend stay at the Ashram and I made the mistake of reading Yelp reviews prior to our stay which to be honest, almost made me not want to go. Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical but went forward with our visit and kept an open mind."

    "I was pleased to find out that the negative reviews were not accurate in my opinion. For what it is worth, we did have a private room and bath and that may make a big difference in one's level of comfortableness. For me, I don't like sharing a bathroom with people so having a private room meant a great deal to me. "

    "Our private room was in Lotus Building 1 and was very clean and spacious. The room had an air conditioner/heating unit that we could control and also had a mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. We were very close to the little market that they have on the grounds so our wi-fi connection was outstanding while there. Cell phone reception was not and it is spotty at best so be prepared for that. "

    "Beyond logistics, you have to keep an open mind. This is an Ashram and they have rules. Nothing outrageous as some reviews would indicate, but they do try to keep a level of peacefulness and respect throughout the Ashram. You do need to remove your shoes before dining (you can wear socks though), a small prayer is said prior to getting your food, and the first 20 min or so of lunch is silent while a prayer or reading is being said. The food was delicious - fresh out of their garden. Wonderful tasting vegetables and salads. Please keep in mind that the food is all vegetarian so if you need more protein that what they offer (soups with beans, lentils, etc.), then just bring some protein bars to survive. I did and that worked wonderfully for me. I also did drink some soda in the privacy of my room as I am not a coffee drinker which helped because I didn't have caffeine withdrawals that some people experience. Small things that can make a big difference in not being miserable!"

    "The grounds itself are beautiful and peaceful! Take advantage of the van tour (1.5 hours) on Saturdays. It's a small tour that visits all the key places (shrine, temple, etc.) and provides you with a good understanding of the history and what Swami Satchidananda’s interfaith vision was all about. It also brings you to the overlook point that has really nice views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and James River. Don't miss that!"

    "My only complaint was that the yoga classes were super early (6AM) which is not for me as I'm not an early morning person. Wish they had worked in a basic class late morning for the late risers."

    "All in all, a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Hope you enjoy!"

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  • Review by Athulya from New York, NY

    "I stayed at the Yoga Ashram, and really loved the peace and tranquility. They have very healthy vegetarian food,"

    "which also tastes good. I did yoga everyday, and took long walks on the beautiful grounds. They have excellent programs for meditation, yoga, weight loss, etc. I enjoyed my visit."

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  • Review by Angie Kali Ma Erickson from U.S.

    "A blissful place to rejuvenate the soul. Definitely somewhere I shall return to frequently."

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  • Review by Jyoti Lee LaVallee

    "Closest place to heaven on earth! Filled with peace and joy, love and light. Great vegan and vegetarian food too! Om shanti!"

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  • Review by Traveler from Richmond, Virginia

    "Leave your troubles behind and relax. We had a great time during the Welcome weekend, You must be open minded and willing to accept the different expectations of the Ashram. I was very impressed by all the people who worked there, very knowledgeable about the programs and defining them. Everyone was helpful. We stayed in the lotus building, which was two twin beds and a private bathroom, very basic, but that is what it is all about. The salads and dressings were great, the main meals were okay, the vegetarian chili, very good. Recommend if you have a life you want to evaluate and to improve your overall well-being."

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  • Review by Melissa Eggleston from North Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I give my experience a 10, great people, great place, great food. I can't wait to go back when it's warm, and I can camp in a tent. The interfaith lotus shrine is lovely." website, edited

  • Review by Sudarsan V. from Illinois, USA

    "This is a must visit serene place. The Ashram, the Lotus temple, and there's another main temple of Nataraj. My friend drove me around the place. First, I did not expect what was coming up when we were trying to go up, and then suddenly the Lotus shrine throws up."

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  • Review by Monika

    "We had an amazing time, and definitely 10 out of 10. Everyone was super nice, and the food was extraordinary. Thank you so much, and big thank you to the chef in the kitchen. We are planning another trip." website, edited

  • Review by Violeta from New York, USA

    "For both of us, my daughter and I, this was the most relaxing vacation we ever had. We loved the beauty of nature, on and around the ashram, the peace, the programs, the food, and people we met there. I have already recommended your place to all of my friends and I definitely plan to come back. Please continue your wonderful work so this place will always be there, an oasis of peace and beauty in this world. Many thanks, Violeta." website, edited

  • Review by Tania

    "I had a life changing experience of which I haven't been able to stop thinking about. I truly believe that I am reaching a much higher level of consciousness." website, edited

  • Review by Jutta from USA

    "I had an amazing stay in Yogaville. I really enjoyed the people, the food, the hikes I took, and of course the yoga. My plan is to come back soon, hopefully empowered with the basic understanding of chanting and Hatha yoga 1 (which I bought posters in the gift shop). Thanks again for the wonderful time I had." website, edited

  • Review by Michael from USA

    "I had a truly spiritual experience at Yogaville. The people were gentle and kind. I made friends easily and shared their lifestyle for a short time. It is not a spa or fancy vacation resort, this is their home. I have a deep respect for the people of Yogaville and may go back and see them in the future." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Birmingham, USA

    "This is the best place to get away from it all. It is affordable for any adventurer and is comforting for those who are stressed. There is a school for yogis, healthy food for all, and body workers at your request. Beware that after you leave, you'll hear the place calling you back for more. The peace is addictive."

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  • Review by a Carmen Bedoya from USA

    "I feel extremely lucky to have discovered this oasis of calmness, peace, joy and happiness. Thank you everyone who is involved in putting this together. Congratulations, you have done an amazing job. Even if you never met the Guru, you feel his lovely presence everywhere. Yogaville is a living reminder that the yogic path is a real life option.", edited

  • Review by a traveler from Williamsburg, USA

    "A friend and I just returned from the "welcome weekend" program. What a great mini escape! We had dorm accommodations, which were three bunk beds in a huge room. Dorm style and private bathrooms were available on the women only floor. There are no elevator here, so don't bring really heavy bags. Also, no shoes are allowed inside any of the buildings, so it is best if you bring slip on shoes. The food was fantastic! It was all vegetarian and organic. You should definitely visit the lotus shrine when it is illuminated. It is simply beautiful!! The energy in the mediation second floor is incredible. We enjoyed hiking through the trails and up the mountain for the views. There is a variety of yoga classes available daily. Everyone we met was so open and friendly. I would love to go back for a workshop.My wife and I purchased a "welcome weekend package and checked in on the Friday afternoon. The greeting was warm and welcoming. We then made our way to the modest accommodations. The staff, setting, yoga, and meditation were all very good. This is a place for restoration not papering. The meals are wholesome yet basic and vegetarian. The environment is peaceful and grounding. If youre looking for a place to reset the clock this is it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Virginia Beach, USA

    "This visit to Yogaville, my third and longest stay, was a wonderful alternative to the usual New Year's revelry. Some 70 other people gathered for a four-night silent retreat. We received instruction and guidance in meditation and yoga, and had the opportunity to spend time in the lotus temples as well as visit and meditate in Swami Satchidananda's home overlooking the James River and Blue Ridge Mountains. At night, I saw more stars than I'd seen in a long time, one of the benefits of the rural setting.I stayed in the lotus guesthouse and got the restful sleep that I badly needed in a spacious, comfortable, and quiet room. Having tea, honey, and pot to heat water was a nice touch. As always, the vegetarian and vegan meals were delicious. The staff and rest of the community are kind, warm, and understanding. It was a great way to decompress."

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  • Review by Mahendri from Fayetteville, USA

    "We made a last minute decision to go to this ashram for three days over Christmas and we had no regrets. It was a great experience. The accommodation was simple and adequate especially since we didn't spend much time in our room. There was too much to do. We hiked one day. We visited the various areas of the ashram including the beautiful lotus shrine and Kailash. The food was excellent. The resident swamis, instructors, and devotees were wonderful and so eager to assist and educate. The place was filled with love. We enjoyed the meditation classes. The yoga beginners classes were good. Overall, this was a weekend with a difference that I would surely do again and again."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Jersey, USA

    "Try the welcome weekend at Yogaville and you will come back. It is a lovely place, nice ambiance, great staff, and has good yoga and meditation sessions. The food isnt the best part since you have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options."

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  • Review by Jenny Chang from Silver Spring, MD

    "From the booking to the end of the Welcome Weekend - everything was perfect. I was handled with professionalism, efficiency, but most of all kindness throughout the entire process.When I arrived at Yogaville for the weekend, I really did not know what to expect. I came by myself and was a first time visitor, but very quickly I felt very much at home and at peace. By nature, I am a workaholic and what I was looking for at Yogaville was a sense of peace and quiet and time to get centered and calm again. By the end of the weekend, I was all that and more.The meals were excellent and even though I am not typically a vegetarian, I was amazed at how energized I felt eating your vegetarian meals. The yoga classes were great in that never once did I feel out of place or under any pressure to do anything crazy. The talks were also very welcoming, even though I only attended a few (by choice, did not want to be on a schedule).The two most magical moments were 1) the visit to Lotus, which was pretty awesome to visit. It is the most beautiful meditation center I have ever been to and 2) waking up to 7-8 lady bugs in my room. It was the first time it ever happened and many have told me it was a sign of new life and good luck. If that is the case, then I owe it all to Yogaville for blessing my weekend with such positive energy.Thank you and I will be back.", edited

  • Review by Cassandra Shofar from Lakeline Village, Ohio

    "I had a wonderful time on the 4-Day Silent Retreat this fall. At first, I didn't really quite know what to expect as this was my first silent retreat. I was a bit nervous and felt awkward at first, being in a guest house with several other people I never met before and then going quickly into silence. But after the first day, I really began my journey inward and started to truly feel the power of silence and felt I was able to fully absorb what all the various speakers had to offer as well as what my own inner reflection and my journaling gave me. I loved the variety of speakers as well as the schedule of meditation and yoga. The meals were absolutely delicious. I felt the retreat had a nice balance of information, meditation, yoga and alone-time. I would absolutely do another one and plan to. The staff was wonderful.", edited

  • Review by Katie from Arlington, VA

    "Yogaville was delightful. The food was great, the yoga classes were educational, and I came away with a new respect for the challenges of meditation and regular practice.", edited

  • Review by Charles Clark from Woodbridge, Virginia

    "We were very happy at Yogaville. We greatly enjoy the atmosphere and the diet, as well as the yoga practices and the friendly people. We love the ideal of respect for everybodys traditions, including the Secular. We believe in the freedom of religions, which also means respect for everyone's religion. I do believe we all worship the same God with different names. I believe in Jesus and therefore I claim to be a Christian. My problem is that I have always been very independent and I enjoy my freedom. I am not sure what to do with the benefits of Yogaville. I could return every year just to enjoy the atmosphere and I do practice the same philosophy every day. But, I am not sure what to commit to. I think I am like a Catholic who goes to church sometimes, but does not do anything as part of the church. Thank you for your interest.", edited

  • Review by a traveler from Colombia, USA

    "The classes were nice, some better than others but average overall. The class in library that someone talks about, happened to me too and it was alright not too bad. There were a lot of people who were there for the weekend and almost none for the rest of the week. So if you are looking for peace and quiet try week days."

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  • Review by a traveler from Florida, USA

    "My family and I had an outstanding time. This beautiful ashram is staffed by some of the most beautiful and caring people I've ever met. We tented in the campground to save a few dollars. The vegetarian food was exceptional. As far as yoga ashram go, this is the lap of luxury. It seemed there was never a moment without a yoga class, meditation or some other interesting activity. I would highly recommend this as a yoga retreat for anyone and it was very family friendly."

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  • Review by Whittey from Tennessee, USA

    "I stayed in Yogaville for one week and completed two different programs. The first program was Dao Flow yoga and the second one was about building your Sadhana meditation and yoga practice. I stayed in a tent site. Every tent site has a wooden deck platform and is 20 to 50 feet away from another tent site. The bathhouse is the nicest camping bathhouse I've ever been in since it has drywall, a real toilet, and private showers, but it's a camping bathhouse, so it's hot and there are bugs and normal camping stuff. It's maintained with care and your expectations should be that it's a camping bathhouse and not a resort.The calm, still, and, judgment-free environment is like nothing I've ever experienced. Everyone who works there is amazingly helpful and calm. I love the atmosphere. If you're looking for a place to reflect, unwind, live a simple life, and develop your own spirituality this is definitely the place for you! There is also no cell phone service unless you have Verizon, but there is free Wi-Fi even on the campsites. The wireless farther out towards the tent sites is insanely slow, but honestly that's great because in that environment, it's great to disconnect from that part of life. I wasn't bothered too much by it. It was very nice to disconnect from the world for a few days!"

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  • Review by Carolyn from Maryland, USA

    "Know first of all that this Ashram is a spiritual community, not a yoga school. Yes, you can take yoga, and meditation classes (beginners and more advanced), and the three teachers I had during the weekend were all great. But the 200 or so people who live at Yogaville are devoted followers of the late Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will see his image and hear a lot about him. I saw that part of the weekend, including a Saturday night prayer service, as a learning experience. Everyone was as nice as could be. The vegetarian meals were tasty. My daughter and I stayed at the Lotus Guest House, a plain motel room but fine for 2 nights. I recommend the tour (if available), and visiting the shrines. You can hike to them from the main area in 20-30 min. You are out in the sticks, but that's what makes this a tranquil place."

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  • Review by Stacy Winslow from USA

    "Eternally grateful for your light and love. I met a lovely couple during my visit who are not connected to a yoga studio or teacher. They simply Googled retreats and found Yogaville. They loved it and we made a wonderful friendship-connection. I believe this is a small testimony of the positive energy and acceptance that flows from every corner of this beautiful ashram."

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  • Review by Palma Vargas from USA

    "My first time and I totally fell in love with this place. In Yogaville you have a fantastic opportunity to experience the real Yoga life in all of its aspects: Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga. It's just amazing ."

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  • Review by Michelle T. from Hollywood, USA

    "A friend and I went here for a couple of days. I've been doing yoga for years and she just needed a break from reality. The accommodations were simple and very clean. We stayed in a private room with two twin beds and had our own bathroom. I feel like this was worth it for privacy. The property was beautiful and easy to get to. We were there during a snowstorm so we didn't get to do much other than relax, take yoga classes, read, and eat. We didn't take part in the meditation.We both liked the yoga classes. We had a different teacher for each class so you felt like you had a little variety. One thing we found a little strange was the chanting. Its just something they do there. I wasn't used to it because I had never done it before in a yoga class and my friend was a little weirded out by it because she didn't know what they were saying. However, you weren't forced to participate. I think it was just part of the class set up.I personally loved the food. I'm vegetarian for the most part, I do eat fish and dairy products. However, the choices they offered were vegan but I thought they were delicious and nutritious. I don't eat processed foods so I was in heaven. I'm sort of a health nut so I enjoyed the clean eating. My friend thought the food was okay but she is a meat eater and is picky anyway. She said it was okay for a couple of days. It was like a detox. They had a large variety of teas but no coffee. But there is a caf on the campus that sells coffee and sweets, so you can get whatever fancy latte you are used to.I would probably go back. I'd love to see the grounds when there isn't ten inches of snow on the ground. Its a great personal retreat to get away from the daily grind. There are no TVs or phones, but I did get Verizon cell service. It was peaceful and relaxing. I felt lighter when I got back home."

    February 19, edited

  • Review by Mike Selzer DDS from USA

    "My first silent retreat at Yogaville (wait I have to smile with myself for a moment) has been echoing for one and a half years. Although there seems to be a natural energy of compassion at Yogaville the program leaders and assisting staff carried that compassion, assistance, knowledge and personal experience through themselves into contact with each of us. Although I was initially concerned that being silent would be uncomfortable I found it to be a vehicle into a depth of being and peacefulness. By my voluntary agreement to be silent I found that my reactive and responsive thoughts did not need to be expressed. I became an observer of my inner thoughts that now had a chance to be felt and not just thought. A peacefulness settled within me. Whatever I needed was provided by the staff from food, blankets and transportation to knowledge, meditative guidance and insightful dharma talks. All I needed to do was be.Within that shift of awareness a natural state of compassion arose not only for myself but for each of us in the retreat. My usual need to read or be more active was replaced by a felt sense of being connected and content. A sense of joy arose from watching the leaves on the wonderful oak trees sway in the breeze as its movement became alive bringing the energy of the earth upwards and back into the open sky. I found myself in the middle of earth and sky just as the oak tree; with the same life force flowing through.I did return for a second silent retreat about six months ago without any of the concerns of being silent. I found that opening into the space, environment, leaders and staff a thankful return to the peace and quiet of the silent retreat experience. At home, work and play I am more able to touch my own experience and be more open, compassionate and attentive to both myself and others. I look forward to many more."

    December 2013., edited

  • Review by Lori Sousa from USA

    "With so much chatter about spirituality and finding your center in mainstream culture, the true meaning of those two important concepts has, in some ways, been lost. My time at Yogaville really helped me to LIVE both of those ideals -- to have a taste of what it means to honor yourself while serving the community. I experienced so much beauty in the five days of the Yogaville Silent Retreat thatI cannot wait for my next visit!"

    November 2013., edited

  • Review by Kelly McDermott Harman from USA

    "This was my first experience attending a silent retreat and it far surpassed my expectations. The staff at Yogaville is what made the difference. They have a genuine compassion for all participants, and sincerely want each person to get the most from their experience. The setting is beautiful - very peaceful and calm - and one cannot help but be profoundly moved upon entering the Lotus Shrine for the first time. I highly recommend participating in any program offered by Yogaville, but in particular the silent retreat."

    November 2013., edited

  • Review by a traveler from Virginia, USA

    "I would say I'm an 'experienced' yogi, with some exposure to the Integral or Hatha style. The classes I took on my weekend stay were a mixed bag. One 'joint freeing' class was very low-key but very informative (a little too informative imho - too much talking - not enough doing)"


    "I am a novice at meditation - and I struggled with this. Guided meditation had its advantages - it kept me somewhat focused. However, by the end of the weekend, I was over the chanting."


    "If I ever go back (and I think I will) I will keep clear of the Pujas (too much chanting) and do more of a mix of guided and non-guided meditation."

    May 14, edited

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Arrival: Thursday October 5, 2017
Departure: Sunday October 8, 2017

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