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ONLINE AND IN-PERSON Meditation and Spiritual Practice Retreat (Ages 25-50) Location: ONLINE & IN-PERSON

with Acharya Devin Atma Sodt, Ryan Strong Ayurvedic Doctor,
and Rev. Julie Darshini Hitchcock

January 26-28, 2023 (Thursday Evening - Saturday Afternoon)

Registration Fee: $40 ONLINE ONLY
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"Balance material and spiritual duties in your life; that will bring you supreme happiness." –Paramahansa Yogananda

It can be useful to ask ourselves, what would it feel like to overcome the obstacles to experiencing our life, right where we are, as a radiant source of inspiration and joy? For we not only want to survive this stage of life, but we want to thrive!

Questions may arise. How do we tend to our spiritual practice while balancing our roles and responsibilities in the home, family, and workplace? Is it possible to experience ultimate freedom and equanimity while engaging in family and career life?

If you are 25–50 years old and yearning to have a deeper understanding and experience of your life through a spiritual lens, this retreat is for you.

Yoga philosophy and practice light the path for healthy, vital, and purposeful living at every stage of life. In the Vedic system the householder stage of life is called grihastha – dwelling in the house or family. In this stage, we move from being centered on study, development, and discovery to a stronger focus on living with higher purpose, pursuing wealth, and experiencing pleasure.

The householder stage of life offers us the opportunity to ‘live in the world but not of it’. Together, we will discover that there is no conflict between living a grounded spiritual life and rendering useful service in the world through family, career, and the mundane activities of daily living. In fact, it is fertile ground for spiritual awakening.

This retreat will offer:

• A spiritual model to inspire your life and help you navigate the grihastha stage
• Tools to transform obstacles so you may experience joy and absolute freedom
• Inspiration and support for thriving and prospering in all aspects of your life
• Practices for enhancing your vital energy and nurturing your sense of complete wellbeing through self-care
• Meditation practices for skillful daily living and spiritual awakening
• Ritual for bringing forth your intention at this stage of living

Ryan Strong, AD, is a teacher in the Kriya Yoga tradition, an Ayurvedic Doctor, and a practitioner of Vedic Astrology. Ryan has taught meditation practices since 2003 and was ordained by his teacher Roy Eugene Davis in 2011. Ryan has taught clinical Ayurveda at the California College of Ayurveda since 2011.

Rev. Julie Darshini Hitchcock was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 2011 by her guru Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian and ordained as a minister in 2019. Rev. Darshini serves as the spiritual director at Awakening Meditation Center, an affiliate center on the central coast of California.

Acharya Devin Kent Sodt met his guru Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, in 2001. He was ordained to teach in the tradition of Kriya Yoga by Yogacharya O’Brian in 2010. He has been teaching meditation and spiritual growth practices since 2005 for groups and individuals.


This retreat will be livestreamed online for all participants. We are also offering a hybrid option to attend a portion of the retreat in-person, which includes morning sessions, lunch, and afternoon sessions. All meditation sessions, hatha yoga, and evening sessions will be online only for all participants. Masks are required for in-person participation.

Residential Option: Stay onsite at CSE overnight and attend all sessions in-person. Limited space available. (APPLY HERE)

Registration fees covers basic administrative costs. The retreat itself is offered on a donation basis to support the CSE ministry and to continue offering programs like this one. You can offer a donation during the registration process. You will also have an opportunity to contribute throughout the retreat.

RETREAT SCHEDULE  (U.S. Pacific Time)   
Subject to change. Attendance at all sessions required to participate. 
Recordings will be available to support participants in different time zones.                                        


      6:30 PM   Opening Session (ONLINE)


      6:30 AM   Morning Meditation (ONLINE)                                                            
    10:00 AM   Morning Session (ONLINE & IN-PERSON)
    11:45 AM   Lunch
      1:00 PM   Afternoon Session (ONLINE & IN-PERSON)
      4:00 PM   Afternoon Meditation & Yoga (ONLINE)                            
      6:30 PM   Evening Session (ONLINE) 


      6:30 AM   Morning Meditation (ONLINE)                                                 
    10:00 AM   Morning Session (ONLINE & IN-PERSON)
    11:45 AM   Lunch
      1:00 PM   Closing Session (ONLINE & IN-PERSON)                                                                                                

    This program includes one or more Meditation and Hatha Yoga sessions. By registering and participating in this program, you agree to the Participant Waiver of Liability.