Five Day Retreats

Swami Chetanananda usually offers two five-day retreat programs in Portland each year, one in late July and the other between Christmas and New Year's.  These programs provide an opportunity for focused practice, spending time with our extended community, deepening our understanding through daily satsang with Swamiji, and helping to maintain our facility and operations. 


The winter retreat will begin with eyes-open class at 7:00 pm on the evening of Sunday, December 27. If you have not attended class before, you will need to come to an introduction to the practice at 6:00 pm on Sunday.

From Sunday evening through Tuesday evening, participants will have the chance to sit in satsang with Swamiji and engage in the various practices that are part of the ongoing schedule at the Movement Center.

The program schedule will include morning and evening meditation with Swamiji and morning talks by Swamiji. In addition, there will be daily Chod practice, hatha yoga classes and seva projects. 


The retreat program will continue with a two-day Shaktipat Intensive on Wednesday, December 30 and Thursday, December 31. You may choose to attend only this part of the retreat.

Shaktipat is a traditional technique for awakening consciousness through contact with a powerful energy resource. Shaktipat brings about a deep change in awareness. This change arouses your innermost potential, bringing you into contact with the freedom and creative power that is the source of everything. 

Receiving shaktipat can bring benefits on all levels: increasing your vitality, releasing deeply held mental tensions, uplifting you emotionally, and expanding your consciousness. It initiates a deep and profound process of spiritual unfoldment, culminating in Self-Realization. This system of Self-Realization is rooted in the ancient tradition of Kashmir Shaivism.

Opportunities to experience authentic shaktipat are rare. During the intensive, Swami Chetanananda (“Swamiji”) will be giving shaktipat individually to everyone present. He will use the classical method of “touch,“ usually on the head or heart chakra, to awaken kundalini energy and begin a natural process of spiritual transformation.

Three meals a day are included in both programs. Accommodations are available at the Movement Center, but the number of rooms available is limited.


  • 5 day Retreat: 575.00 (early bird 520.00 through November 25)
  • 2 day Shaktipat Intensive: 325.00 (early bird 295.00 through November 25)

For more information, please call The Movement Center office: 503.231.0383.