Semi-annual Retreat Programs
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 format of the upcoming program in July 2015 will differ from prior years. It will include a 3 day Practice and Integration program followed by a 2 day Shaktipat Intensive. You have the option to attend either the weekend or 3 day program separately, or attend all five days.
PRACTICE AND INTEGRATION PROGRAM: July 22 through 24
The July retreat begins with 3 day Practice and Integration program. Participants will have the chance to 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 hatha yoga classes and seva projects.
SHAKTIPAT INTENSIVE: July 25 and 26
The retreat program will continue with a two-day Shaktipat Intensive on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday July 26.
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.
For more information, please call The Movement Center office: 503.231.0383.