Semi-annual Retreat Programs

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 December 2014 will differ from prior years. It will include a weekend Shaktipat Intensive followed by a 3 day Practice and Integration program. You have the option to attend either the weekend or 3 day program separately, or attend all five days.


The retreat program in December 2014 begins with a two-day Shaktipat Intensive on Saturday, December 27 and Sunday December 28.

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.


The Shaktipat Intensive will be followed by a 3 day Practice and Integration program to enhance the experience of the Intensive weekend. Participants will have the chance to engage in the various practices that are part of the ongoing schedule at the Movement Center.

This program will begin with morning meditation and a morning program with Swamiji on Monday, December 29 and will continue through the evening of Wednesday, December 31. The 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. 

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

View a slideshow of our July 2013 retreat.

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

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